I just purchased a ASRock ION 330-HT-BD to use as my new Media Center. Sadly I still have a crappy standard-def old tube TV for the foreseeable future.

The TV has Coax & Composite (Red, White, Yellow) inputs, and my new MediaCenterr has HDMI & VGA outputs.

So my question is, how do I hook up the two together!

All of the HDMI-to-Composite cables I have found explicitly state that they can not be used to hook a PC up to a TV.

Any ideas?


You can do it properly, but it's not cheap.


Note the BIG DISCLAIMER included on the page:

Note: Since this HDMI / DVI to Composite Video and S-Video Converter is HDCP Compliant, a content protected HDMI input will not result in a picture. That means no DVD's, no Blu-rays, no games and DVD's in a PS3, etc.

You can thank the movie companies for this. They want complete control over what you do with the signals from an HDTV-compliant device.


Ah, after quite a bit more searching, I found a solution:

VideoSecu VGA2TV

Sabrent TV-PC85

Comes with the to-be-expected video quality issues, but I knew that going into this. And it's drastically cheaper then the other solutions. So until I get a sweet sweet HDTV, this is my hold over solution.

  • This is probably better than the HDMI solution anyway, as you don't have to worry about content protection issues. – Robert Harvey Dec 22 '09 at 0:43
  • @Adam - How did that work out for you? Which model did you get and would your recommend it? I'm looking to do the same thing. Thanks! – Guy Feb 4 '10 at 5:34

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