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Posts: 44
Registered: ‎02-21-2011
My Device: Playbook
My Carrier: N/A

Re: PlayBook and projectors

 

Quote: "HDMI is still rare, meaning the PlayBook would likely be incompatible for the foreseeable future. VGA is easy, HDMI is hard."

 

 


 

 

HDMI is not rare, RIM definitely made a smart move going with HDMI over VGA as their primary output. Intel, AMD, Samsung et al. have all said that VGA will be dead by 2015 VGA is an ageing technology, perhaps it is still fairly common among projectors but for the majority of people HDMI is a much better solution. As people have said already, there are solutions for your issue (perhaps not ideal) and hopefully as time goes on you will encounter less and less VGA devices. Other than that there isn't much you can do. If you do find a solution the playbook should serve you well as a presentation device since it can display the presentation on your larger medium and a cheat sheet of sorts on the actual screen of the playbook. Hope it all works out for you!

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Posts: 137
Registered: ‎10-26-2010
My Device: Bold 9900 + PlayBook
My Carrier: Rogers

Re: PlayBook and projectors

Although HDMI is rare for projectors still (new ones have it, but existing install base), DVI is much more common. HDMI is DVI + audio, so a simple "dumb" adaptor will work and costs only a couple dollars.

If you need VGA I'd look at the HD Fury 2. I haven't used it myself but I've seen good reviews and it should do what you need. It's also small enough to be quite portable.
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Taylor Byrnes
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Posts: 96
Registered: ‎01-20-2011
My Device: Storm
My Carrier: Mobile Vikings

Re: PlayBook and projectors

Anyway, isn't it a bit a shame that it is the developpers that are answering such a question and not RIM? :/

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Registered: ‎12-12-2010
My Device: Passport (Red Limited Edition)
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Re: PlayBook and projectors

Since this is a support community forum, I would say no.

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Posts: 96
Registered: ‎01-20-2011
My Device: Storm
My Carrier: Mobile Vikings

Re: PlayBook and projectors

Isn'it supposed to be a dev support forum?

 

Not customer support ^_^

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Registered: ‎12-12-2010
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Re: PlayBook and projectors

It is, but since devs are just very demanding customers as well, it can solve those problems as well. I do hope that the amount of customer questions stays limited thoughSmiley Tongue

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Posts: 409
Registered: ‎12-10-2010
My Device: PlayBook
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Re: PlayBook and projectors

it's a developer forum... or it's suppose to be, anyway.

 

popular threads to look forward to on the DEVELOPER (!!) forum:

 

1.  "i got my shipping notice!"

2.  "has anyone not got their shipping notice?"

3.  "my PlayBook arrived!"

4.  "unboxing photos of free PlayBook"

5.  "has anyone's PlayBook not arrived yet?"

6.  "what do you think of your free PlayBook?"

7.  "what are your favorite games to play on the free PlayBook?"


PlayBook Applications:
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Posts: 96
Registered: ‎01-20-2011
My Device: Storm
My Carrier: Mobile Vikings

Re: PlayBook and projectors

you made me laugh Smiley Happy

 

BTW, we are spamming this thread, let's stop being OT ^_^

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Registered: ‎12-12-2010
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Re: PlayBook and projectors

(8) Who has bought whose app?

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Posts: 6
Registered: ‎04-16-2011
My Device: Pearl
My Carrier: AT&T

Re: PlayBook and projectors

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Thanks very much, all. It does look like there are several HDMI to VGA+audio converters available, warts and all. I've ordered one, so we'll give the PlayBook a try.

 

I will add apologies for intruding on a developers' conversation - the moderators moved my query here. But I would expect to be able to contact RIM staff for pre-sales information rather than having to rely on forums. Not much interest in getting their product into the market, eh?