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ThinkStation E31 - Connecting monitor with HDMI cable

2021-09-23, 18:40 PM

I have an old ThinkStation E31 and a newer monitor. The monitor uses an HDMI cable, but the ThinkStation does not have an HDMI port. I got an HDMI to USB adapter, but the monitor is not getting any signal. Any ideas?  

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Re:ThinkStation E31 - Connecting monitor with HDMI cable

2021-09-23, 20:08 PM

USB doesn't typically drive video out signals.  So if your connection path is USB (on the E31) --> USB to HDMI dongle --> HDMI to display.....then that's your problem as you're essentially not connecting the display to an active video source.

 

Instead, look for a dongle capable of converting one of the onboard ports (Display Port or VGA on that platform if I remember correctly) to HDMI.  Alternatively, if your system has a discrete GPU, you'll likely want to find a dongle that can convert the output of that GPU (likely also DP) to HDMI.

 

I don't have the list for E31 available (due to platform age), but the FRU for the supported DP to HDMI dongle for E32 is 03T8404.  This dongle would also likely work just fine for E31 as well.  And of course there are also options available on the open market.




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Re:ThinkStation E31 - Connecting monitor with HDMI cable

2021-09-23, 20:08 PM

USB doesn't typically drive video out signals.  So if your connection path is USB (on the E31) --> USB to HDMI dongle --> HDMI to display.....then that's your problem as you're essentially not connecting the display to an active video source.

 

Instead, look for a dongle capable of converting one of the onboard ports (Display Port or VGA on that platform if I remember correctly) to HDMI.  Alternatively, if your system has a discrete GPU, you'll likely want to find a dongle that can convert the output of that GPU (likely also DP) to HDMI.

 

I don't have the list for E31 available (due to platform age), but the FRU for the supported DP to HDMI dongle for E32 is 03T8404.  This dongle would also likely work just fine for E31 as well.  And of course there are also options available on the open market.




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