[kwlug-disc] Sub-$100 HDMI monitors/TVs

Andrew Kohlsmith (mailing lists account) aklists at mixdown.ca
Mon Nov 26 09:29:16 EST 2012

On 2012-11-25, at 5:30 PM, Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com> wrote:
> I haven't done too much looking at refurbs, etc., but most of those
> tend to be VGA, or possibly DVI (which isn't a bad option, but the
> cost of the adapter needs to be factored in as well).

DVI shouldn't be an issue for you. DVI and HDMI are actually the same protocol running over different connectors. You can convert from one to the other with a very inexpensive ($2-5) adapter. There are no electronics in the adapter, it's much the same as the old DB9-to-DB25 adapters or null-modem adapters, just a connector change.

The only thing you need to worry about is that some older monitors with DVI inputs did not have HDCP (DRM) capability, so some equipment refused to display on them. Since you're using an rpi this should not be an issue.


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