Best practices to connect all my crap???

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Just wondering the best way to connect all of this stuff to best use
the TV's inputs, I guess the big question is what to bring in on the
HDMI, HD Cable or HTPC?  If I'm not offering enough info, please advise
and I'll answer as best I can.

TV inputs:
AV1 - AV & CVI YPbPr
AV2 - AV & S-video
AV3 - Side, AV & S-video
AV4 - HDMI 2fh auto (whatever that is)
AV5 - YPbPr RGB 2fh (480p/1080i)

HD capable Cable DVR (motorola) outputs:
HDMI
YPbPr
S-video

"HTPC" outputs, mostly used as a DVD & media (AVI, WMV, MPEG etc)
player
VGA
S-Video
DVI

S-VHS VCR outputs (don't use it much)
S-video

Stand-alone Prog Scan DVD (optional)
YPbPr
S-video

Probably will bring the PlayStation on the side inputs.


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You don't, by chance, have an up-converting HT receiver?

Didn't think so...

My suggestion:

HD Cable DVR ---> AV4 (HDMI)
HTPC -------------> AV1 (using a VGA to YPbPr cable)
S-VHS ------------> AV2
DVD --------------> AV5
Playstation -------> AV3


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Awesome, thanks!

Does the VGA to RCA Component connection need any "conversion" or just
a cable?   What about a DVI to RCA Component cable instead?   Not
arguing, just asking?

Obviously want to do this on the cheap, and those converters are
*expensive*!


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It seems to depend on the video card in your HTPC. Check the mfgr's
literature.
A cable to do either is not expensive (see
http://sewelldirect.com/DVI-to-Component-Adapter-Cable-10ft.asp )  and
(http://sewelldirect.com/VGAtoComponentVideoRCA12Foot.asp ) but even
they warn
about compatability with most vid cards. (Note: I've never
used their cables -
just what came up on Google!)

I doubt there's a "see-able" difference between
VGA to Component and
DVI to Component.


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will help you a lot.
Sincerely, Jennifer


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