I'm attempting to connect my PlayStation 3 to my computer monitor. The monitor has a DVI-D (dual link) input, so before distinguishing between the different DVI varieties, I bought a DVI-I (dual link) to HDMI converter that won't fit into the port on the monitor (not only that, there isn't enough physical space in the back of the monitor to fit that much stuff before it hits the bottom of it).

So I grabbed a DVI-D (single link) cable and got a female-to-female DVI-I coupler, and plugged the DVI-D cable into the monitor and the whole mess of converters. The end result was HDMI to DVI-D single link, but my monitor isn't receiving a signal on its digital channel.

(For clarity's sake: DVI-D DL input on Monitor, DVI-D SL cable, DVI-I DL female-to-female coupler, DVI-I DL to HDMI converter, HDMI output on PS3)

I don't know much about this stuff (obviously), but my educated guess is that the bandwidth of the PS3 is too high for the DVI-D Single Link cable, so nothing's getting through. Will replacing the single link cable with dual link resolve this? If not, is it possible at all?

I'm aware I won't get audio through the monitor. I have an RCA to 3.5mm converter for that.

  • Some may think this is off-topic. I'm inclined to agree, except that expertise regarding necessary connectors is probably more likely found here than a gaming-specific site. My vote is for this being an acceptable exception to the PC-only requirement. A monitor is certainly part of a PC, and only differs based on it's usage.
    – music2myear
    Nov 14, 2011 at 22:50
  • Ah, yes, my apologies. Fixed.
    – HankJDoomstorm
    Nov 14, 2011 at 23:00
  • Could you include a picture of this strange assortment of cables and adapters between your mysterious HDMI source and the monitor? I'm finding the text a bit hard to follow.
    – nhinkle
    Nov 14, 2011 at 23:26
  • Turns out it's all irrelevant, I did some troubleshooting and realized the problem is actually the source, a Playstation 3 (see above comment thread). The impossible-to-explain list of converters output to my monitor just fine when connected to the HDMI output of my laptop. I'm fairly sure at this point that the problem is that my monitor doesn't support HDCP, and therefore my PS3 is staying on the opposite side of the playground. This leaves the following options: An HDCP stripper (not available in the U.S. that I know of), or giving up and going with RCA to VGA. sigh
    – HankJDoomstorm
    Nov 14, 2011 at 23:51
  • If you'd like, I can migrate this question to Arqade for you. They might have more experience with hooking a PS3 up to a non-HDCP compliant monitor. Are you sure your machine doesn't support HDCP or might it just be that a step in the connector chain doesn't?
    – nhinkle
    Nov 14, 2011 at 23:54

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Most DVI to HDMI converters are one way. I haven't yet seen one that is two way, or HDMI to DVI. I did, however, find this adapter that claims to be HDMI to DVI

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    It seems the reason that the converters are generally one-way is because of High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection which requires the display device interacting with an HDMI source to be compliant with the protocol to function.
    – HankJDoomstorm
    Nov 14, 2011 at 23:22
  • @KevinBarboro I forgot about that, but yes, you are correct Nov 14, 2011 at 23:29
  • Au contrair, I have an HDMI to DVI adapter with which I connect my laptop to my external monitor regularly. Not sure if HDCP is one-way though.
    – nhinkle
    Nov 14, 2011 at 23:55
  • @nhinkle I'd be curious to find out if it is or not. Nov 15, 2011 at 0:19

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