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Old 04-12-2009, 04:22 PM   #1
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PS3 on a monitor

I've searched around and haven't been able to find anything, but figured someone here might have seen a possible solution. My girlfriend is buying a PS3 (for both of us to use). Neither of us have an HDTV but I do have a monitor that can support HD resolutions. My monitor only has DVI inputs and has no speakers. Is there a way to connect standard computer speakers and my monitor up to the PS3? Or would it be easier to move my monitor in front of my TV, use the TV for audio and an adaptor to use the monitor for video?

Might not be worth the effort, but figured I'd try to figure something out.
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:34 PM   #2
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I don't know the technical side of it but it looks horrible. I tried it for the last couple of weeks in my bedroom because I got a free monitor with some speakers from my bro.
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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i was gonna do this once too... cant remember how to
just go down to best buy and ask them... they'll probably know
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you will need a HDMI to DVI converter. So get an HDMI cable, and get a HDMI-to-DVI converter that has a female HDMI input and male DVI output. that should work for you.
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you will need a HDMI to DVI converter. So get an HDMI cable, and get a HDMI-to-DVI converter that has a female HDMI input and male DVI output. that should work for you.
but wouldn't it try to use the HDMI sound by default? So what would I do for sound?
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but wouldn't it try to use the HDMI sound by default? So what would I do for sound?
You would have to go through the menu and change the audio settings to use another method. If you are able to, use the fiber optic output, if not then you may be able to use the regular A/V cables that came with it, just make sure you keep the HDMI as the Video output. I have never done what you are wanting to do but I would think that you want to connect the HDMI first and get it up and running, then tinker with the audio so the PS3 doesn't get confused about which output to use for video.
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but wouldn't it try to use the HDMI sound by default? So what would I do for sound?
I used the optical out on mine with HDMI with no problem. Didnt have to adjust any settings...
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http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...02&cp_id=10231

I've ordered all my hdmi cables from them.

Wouldn't it be easier to buy a cheap hdtv set?
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Radioshack sells a HDMI to DVI cable for $49.99. It won't be as good as HDMI to HDMI but it's just as close.
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go to www.newegg.com for cables. much cheaper.
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HDMi to DVi or DVI to HDMI are totally identical, even with a converter quality is exactly the same.

They are just a different pin configuration
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I think by default, if the connection is not HDMI direct connect, PS3 will limit the resolution to 720p only, regardless of the settings or Game/video native resoltuion. Its a copy protection thinggy. (I read this before, just not 100% sure about the resolution, maybe even lower, I never had this problem since its connected to my 46" Sony TV so ...)

So if you use converter, your resolution will be limited.

Its not really a problem for games since only a few titles are 1080p. but it might be a problem for Video.

oh btw, you can select the Audio output source in the options. standard D plug, Optical, or HDMI.
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