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HDMI video + audio in a poweredge 2950

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Hello experts

I have a dell poweredge 2950 server that Ive been asked to get a HDMI audio and video card for. After some quick googling Ive come back stumped. The server has PCIe x4 and x8 slots, does anybody know of a vendor of card that can do both audio and video in a single HDMI cconnetor ? (I was able to find a video only card). ANy help is greatly appreciated
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You need to get a video card with a displayport port (for example), like this one (this is a PCIe x16): http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/NVIDIA-Quadro-NVS-295-Video-Card/1734255.aspx

Then use a cable to convert to HDMI: http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Cables-To-Go-video-audio-adapter-DisplayPort-HDMI-8-in/1837538.aspx

HDMI is both audio AND video, so that is all you would need....

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Thanks for the quick post, can I use a pcie x 16 in the x8 slot as its what the server has ? And also why do I need the converter cable if the nvidia card already is hdmi ?
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Hi,

Above is an HD4350 PCIe x1 card - very similar to 5450 including HDMI audio but doesn't support Protected Audio Path audio so won't output DTS-HD etc. to a suitable surround receiver over HDMI, only decoding in software and LPCM.

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Hi Guys

Thanks for the posts I ended up finding a zotek 1x card that is a nvidia ion based card but seem to have opened up a whole new issue. The card is recognised sort of by the bios in that it assigns it an irq and windows sees the card (Nothing displayed during boot time via the vga or hdmi port of the card). Funnily enough I had server 2003 x32 on the boot drive at the time and thought I may as well see if the card is seen in device manager and I installed the driver and was thrilled to find the driver loaded and I used the hdmi lead to output audio and video to my tv. Problem began though when I reloaded to win7 and now win vista. Both o/s's let me install the driver but for some reason dont detect my tv or a vga monitor on the card and both state no audio device is installed even though in device manager it lists an nvidia high def audio device as installed. Ive tried multiple drivers and went back to vista thinking it was a win  7 issue. But now im leaning to the issue being that I cant see a way of turning off the onbard video. Anybody have any ideas why windows might be doing this ? Its obviously possible since server 2003 did it (Of all operating systems the least I would have expected). Is there a way to tell windows which card is primary without bios saying so ? I knw how to do this on entry level board but the dell server board im using has no options for this :-(

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Hi guy

Further to my post above, I thought it wasnt fair to ask another question in the same points, so opened this new question

https://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Components/Video_Cards/Q_27038977.html
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