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    Someone I know is going away and wants to watch downloaded movies from his laptop and display them on the hotel room's HDTV. The laptop in question is fairly old and only has VGA out, no HDMI. I googled it and saw VGA to HDMI but it said something like "NO COMPUTER/LAPTOP", so I'm not sure what that's even used for then. I'm not really sure what to suggest to him, any thoughts on what he can use to display the movies on the TV? Sound isn't a huge issue, he can have that play from the laptop itself.
     
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    VGA is an analog signal, HDMI is digital, you simply can't have that work out... You can get VGA to component I believe...
     
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    Someone told me some TVs have USB inputs that you can simply plug in a flash drive with movie files on them and it can play them. Is this true, and what're the chances of a hotel room HDTV being able to do this?
     
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    There's plenty of vga to hdmi cables out there for sale and they'll work... for video only, no sound. For sound he'll have to use a 3.5" audio jack to the TV (and that may or may not work with the television set to HDMI input) or he'll have to have audio playing through his laptop while watching video on the TV.
     
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    very low chance on a hotel room PC

    and you can change VGA to HDMI, but since it's analog to digital the adaptors are very expensive
     
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    Does the TV not have VGA?
     
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    Can you link one?

    He wants to use it in hotel rooms, so it's not for certain.
     
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    Where were you 3 months ago Mr. rocker? I spent like 3 days looking for one in stores and I just saw on there that amazon has one :c
     
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    I think you have to look at the manual for that. You know what laptop it is?

    And I assume that device should work, it is kinda pricey though..
     
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    a) They aren't cables because the standards are incompatible.
    b) Converters do exist, but they ain't cheap. Here's probably the best I've found (VGA + 3.5mm stereo audio -> HDMI): Cables-to-Go VGA to HDMI® Converter
    c) The video quality won't be the best on these because they basically have to capture the image so many times a second and convert them to a digital stream. It will look analog, not digital.


    Doubt it does (it is INSTEN brand). It's probably purpose built for some obscure commecial video device (most likely a KVM). There's no stand for piping a digital signal into a D-Sub 15 cable.

    1024x768 is pretty pathetic (the one I linked above can do 1920x1080).
     
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