Getting VGA out of an HDMI port on a ION netbook.

Levi Pearson levipearson at
Wed Nov 24 15:24:14 MST 2010

I don't know how a HDMI-to-VGA cable would work without doing a
digital->analog conversion, as there are no analog signal pins in a
HDMI connector.  Maybe someone has just come up with a really cheap
converter chip, or there are some highly non-standard devices that
switch to a mode that runs analog signals over the HDMI pins, but I
think your chances of getting a cheap (sub-$50) cable to work are
pretty darn slim.

If you want to do slideshows over a projector, a USB video card or a
HDFury-type converter might be your best bet, but they'll definitely
be more expensive than a sub-$50 cable.

I don't have any personal experience, but I think Linux supports ION
fine, as it's a popular platform for HD MythTV frontends.


On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 2:18 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
> I'm looking at buying a nVidia ION-powered netbook that has a built-in
> HDMI port.  Occasionally I may wish to attach this netbook to a
> projector, which is likely going to be VGA.  I see that fairly cheap
> HDMI to VGA cables can be purchased, but I assume they only work if the
> VGA signals are sent through the HDMI cable.  I have looked at the ION
> chipset specs and it's not clear whether they send VGA through the HDMI
> port or not.  nVidia simply says they can do HDMI, displayport, or VGA.
>  If any of you have a netbook with the ION chipset, can you drive a VGA
> projector through your HDMI port with an adapter cable?
> Also, how well does Linux support the ION chipset?

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