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Card does not work correctly with multiple Linux releases
on March 14, 2016
I bought this cable to run from a new video board (EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB -- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013WQC9U2?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00) to drive a 1920x1200 led display.
The monitor works fine using its DVI connector, but I wanted to use the HDMI output from the video board as the sound quality is supposed to be better than what's on my MB. (I have a separate splitter to pull the sound out from the HDMI cable and feed it to the sound system.)
I first tried a direct connection from the video board to the monitor using this cable. With that I got a display which was badly hosed. There was a rectangular. yellow glob of "garbage" at the top left corner of the screen, and the rest of the display was shifted to the right by more than an inch. Also the characters on the screen were "blotchy" - something I've never seen before with this board. and I could not use the cable in this setup.
Now normally I use a KVM switch (4 computers, 1 monitor, 1 mouse) but I had tried the cable going direct computer-to-monitor and that configuration was not usable. So since this "ideal" connection was not usable, I tried connecting via the KVM switch anyway. (It's an upper-end 4-port KVM switch from IOgear and sometimes things work differently with it from the way they do if directly connected, and so I decided to try it to see if there was any improvement.)
I was very surprised because after shutting down, changing the connections to connect via the KVM switch, the display came up just fine. Or so I thought.
I do not run windows, but run several releases of Linux and Solaris instead (I make my living doing this, and Windows does nothing for me so it's not in the picture). When I booted up the system came up in text mode (giving me a 240x75 display), and it was absolutely perfect.
So after logging in I started X-windows (the Linux GUI environment). No good. The screen went blank but never came back, and eventually I had to log in remotely and kill the server. After MANY experiments (and an equal number of manual scrubbings of the test and reboots), I finally figured out that in this fashion the video card was not getting feedback from the monitor and it simply would not work IN GRAPHICAL MODE in this configuration either.
Out of curiosity I also tried this cable on a different machine which has an older graphics card which has an HDMI connector, and the results were essentially the same: it simply did not allow the system to work properly GUI (graphical) mode.
So I must conclude that some people have written that this cable works with windows, it does NOT play nicely with Linux (at least with a high end graphics card like the one I listed above), and it is not usable for its intended purpose here.
This is the first such cable I have tried and I will try at least a couple of others before I give up on this effort.
I cannot comment on its usability under Windows, but I cannot recommend it to anyone running RedHat EL6, Fedora 23, or Suse. And of course I will be returning it.