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I have a cisco CHS335HDC verizon fios cable box and a iMac

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hello. i have a cisco CHS335HDC verizon fios cable box and a iMac (24-inch, Early 2008). I would like to watch my cable on this iMac screen. I have a HDMI cord connected to my Mini DVI port using an Insten Mini DVI to HDMI Male/Female Cable Adapter.
Will this work? VLC is reading the FIOS connection but I don't know how to bring the picture up on the screen. Help.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I’m Nathan, and I’ll be assisting you today. My livelihood depends on your positive feedback, so your satisfaction is my highest priority.

Sorry to hear you’re having trouble.

NO, this will not work. The connections you are using there are backwards.

The port on the printer is an OUTPUT, for use with an external monitor. It is not a video capture port, and the mac is not capable of displaying external content that way.

For that to work, you'd need an actual video capture device, which really doesn't work via hdmi anyway because of copy protection reasons.

Would you like some help with finding a video capture card/adapter that could accomplish this?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thanks for your assistance. I don't need any further help. Thanks again.
Expert:  Nathan replied 1 year ago.

You're very welcome, Selwyn.

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