I have a Raspberry Pi Zero without a SD Card. I bought a HDMI to VGA cable and I am currently testing the cable but nothing displays on the screen. Does the Pi not display anything or does it have something to do with the cable?

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On Raspberry Pi there is no signal on HDMI unless the VideoCore IV Chip has been initialized. This is done by reading the special firmware (bootcode.bin/start.elf) from the boot partition. So unless you have an SD-Card present, you won't be able to see anything.

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    Thanks. I added a SD card with the OS installed and it worked.
    – user431
    Commented Jul 7, 2017 at 4:52

No ( from a poor experience of mine )

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