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    HDMI 'input' port in Easynote MB88 P-003 Limited Edition

    Discussion in 'Packard Bell' started by koshernova, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. koshernova

    koshernova Newbie

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    Hi all,

    My partner has an Easynote of the model listed in the title of the thread, and was wondering if it has the TV-tuner capabilities to use its HDMI input for use with her Xbox 360, basically using the computer as a monitor. So far we haven't found any manuals or guides online for this, nor any proper hardware specifications to tell us if this is the case. But we've found many referneces to the HDMI port being an 'input' one rather than the traditional 'output' one.

    This is the model laptop:

    Packard Bell EasyNote MB88 P-003 Limited Edition

    Any information or light on this subject would be appreciated.
  2. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    This is an interesting challenge. The support page for this notebook is at thetechguys and one can get to the downloads here for where you can get to the documentation. However, there is no hint in the documentation about being able to input a signal to a computer through HDMI and I've never heard of this being done before. If it does work then most likely it would be enabled using Fn+F3 with the computer running. However, the documentation only shows these options for Fn+F3.
    I have to wonder whether the person who wrote the review that you linked to didn't understand the hardware or didn't express themselves very clearly. The possible source of confusion is:
    1. The "I" in HDMI means interface, not input. See Wikipedia for a description of how it works. Basically HDMI is a standardised connector carrying a digital signal between a video source and a display.

    The reviewer probably meant that the output through this port is limited to 1280 x 800 on account of the internal resolution. However,this is not true since one can use the 2nd of the Fn+F3 options and the resolution is limited by the graphics adaptor.

    Sorry if I have disappointed you.