I was about to buy an Inspiron 9400, but a local advisor, answering my question, told me that DVI-D does not support HDTV output.According to video card producer websites (Nvidia 7900 and ATI X1400) it seems really strange.......I need to connect my LCD-TV through its HDMI input that accepts only 720p or 1080i (not monitor resolutions).If anybody of you was succesful in connecting a TV through a digital link, notify its experience., please.
On the contrary, it will be clear Dell does not know what is HDTV through a PC or HDMI protocol.
OUCH! I have an Inspiron 9400 and have just bought a DVI to HDMI cable - and after connecting the two, the laptop cannot recognise the TV.
Hitting Control-Alt-F12 gets me to the right place to change the settings but it will not let me tell it about the TV. I get the message "Two displays must be connected to the computer before you can use this feature. Please connect another display". Until the laptop knows the TV is connected I cannot tell it to allow it to work it seems.
Anyone found out how to get the 9400 to "see" a connected TV?
You must have matching hdmi connectors on the both tv and the computer. You can't use a dvi to hdmi cable. Use the dvi connection instead if both have that or use composite cables.
Thanks Mary G.
No wonder I have no picture. The handbook of my new LCD TV, a Sharp, showed me that it could be done so I went and bought the cables. In view of your advice and my total failure I think they must have misled me! It serves me right for reading the manual and believing what it suggested.
I am contemplating VGA out of the computer and VGA into theTV for vision. I will then need an audio cable : I have one that goes from the headphone socket on the laptop then splits into two and fits into a white/red "AV in" socket on the TV - but so far I can get no sound transfer through it! I have tried it into an amplifier on the hi-fi and the cable works OK.
Wish me luck!
I havejust edited my last post as a tiny bit got asterisked out, to my surprise.
Update: It's kind of fixed.
The AVG to AVG link works fine; the audio cable, currently a stereo jack plug from the laptop earphone socket to the TV, carries sound but has a bit of a hum. It's watchable but not perfect because of this hum.