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You need a converter like the one you linked to at option 2. HDMI is digital signal which should be converted to analog VGA signal using a DAC like this which is supposed to be embedded in such converters. Simple wiring won't do the trick.
VGA to HDMI converters are very common, someone lied to you. As for your HDMI to VGA, 1 needs to be supported by your video card, 2 is what you need (ymmv, but the amazon comments look good), 3 is a VGA to HDMI, opposite of what you want. Alternatively, spend a couple of bucks and upgrade to a newer monitor. Get in this century.
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