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Comcast HD Box to VGA-only Monitor?

etsuBucsFan198
01-05-2008, 06:29 PM
I have the opportunity to buy (dirt cheap) a Philips 32" CRT monitor only television that is about 8 yrs old. But I am not sure how, or if I even can, hook it up to a Comcast digital HD box. The monitor's only video input is a female VGA plug. The audio inputs are standard L/R composite. The speakers are built into the monitor. Does anyone know what cable or converters would be required to get a picture on this monitor from the box? I think the cable box has DVI and I know it has component video, but not sure about a VGA out. Anyone have something like this set up their Comcast box? Thanks.

Lee Stewart
01-05-2008, 06:43 PM
I have the opportunity to buy (dirt cheap) a Philips 32" CRT monitor only television that is about 8 yrs old. But I am not sure how, or if I even can, hook it up to a Comcast digital HD box. The monitor's only video input is a female VGA plug. The audio inputs are standard L/R composite. The speakers are built into the monitor. Does anyone know what cable or converters would be required to get a picture on this monitor from the box? I think the cable box has DVI and I know it has component video, but not sure about a VGA out. Anyone have something like this set up their Comcast box? Thanks.

Hi and welcome to HDF:hithere:

You are going to need a Component to VGA/RGB transcoder. They run almost $200. Is this what you want to get involved in?

etsuBucsFan198
01-06-2008, 11:28 AM
Lee, thanks. I could pretty much get the monitor for next to nothing since he just wants it out of the house...well his wife does. But can I not use something like a VGA (RGB) to Component Video Cable?

The website for this cable says ....
*Note: Component Video is Y-Pr-Pb encoded video which is different than non-encoded RGB and RGB/HV. The Device to which the "VGA" connector is connected, needs to support Component video (Y-Pr-Pb) for this type of cable to work. This is common for projectors. Some other displays also support Y-Pr-Pb through the HD15 (VGA) connector. Check your Plasma, Projector or HDTV manual, otherwise your picture will be extremely ugly and possibly won't have sync! In this case you need a "transcoder".

From the monitor's spec sheet, it looks like the 15 pin VGA on the monitor does support component video by pins 1, 2 and 3. Or at least these pins are designated as Red, Green and Blue. Am I wrong on this?