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Help with Dual Monitors/ HDMI conversion

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  1. Qwark40k

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    Hey There. New here and very glad to find this site. Here's hoping someone can give me insight on this problem I'm having.

    So I have a very cheap Dell Optiplex 745 I got off amazon. Do some 2d animation, and it was all I could afford when my laptop had a sudden HDD failure. So anyway, the graphics card outputs to a DMS-59 (I believe) and came with a dual Y dongal converter to VGA output to support dual monitors. So my current setup has my monitor connected to the primary VGA output, and it works fine.

    So recently I received a Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet. to hook up it requires an HDMI female port. I tried to rig it up using a converter on the secondary VGA port to change to DVI, then use a second converter to go from DVI to HDMI. But all I get on my tablet is "No Input Signal".

    I searched around and haven't been able to find anything to help. I tried it in the primary vga port, but it doesn't work there either. Any Ideas? I looked around for a better way to convert DMS-59 to HDMI, and I found a dual splitter, but it only ships from Europe, and I don't want to pay 60 bucks and wait 3 weeks to get something that may not work.

    Any tricks you guys might know to try and fix this? Would it be easier to just replace the graphics card with one that exports HDMI? if so any suggestions of a (cheap) one that would fit, and preferably support dual monitors? Would rather not spend much since I'm saving for a new machine that can render a little faster.

    Thanks in advance!

    bit of system information,

    Dell Optiplex 745
    Windows 7 Professional (64 bit)
    Intel Pentium D CPU 3.4 GHZ
    4 GB ram
    ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series display
     
  2. Oddba11

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    What exactly are you trying to do? The Wacom (unless I'm looking at the wrong model...there are several) is basically an input device, like a keyboard or mouse. It's not a display device like a monitor.

    Also, you can't convert VGA (an analog signal) to HDMI (a digital signal) with simple cable gender changers. You will need an active converter.
     
  3. Triple6

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    You cannot go from VGA(analog) to DVI or HDMI(both digital) not without active electronics to do conversions. You can go from DVI-I, which has both analog and digital signals, to VGA and thats what those adapters are for. You can also use an HDMI adapter on a DVI port.

    The easiest way to get HDMI is to use a DMS-59 to DVI-I cable/splitter and then use a VGA adapter on one side and an HDMI adapter on the other side.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Description=dms 59&Submit=ENE

    Your second option is to replace the video card with a model that has HDMI plus a VGA or DVI-I port for your monitor.
     
  4. Qwark40k

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    the Cintiq model is a drawing pad with HD interface.

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    Thanks I will try that.
     
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