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small hardware tech question

Discussion in 'UO Siege Perilous' started by Lorddog, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Lorddog

    Lorddog Crazed Zealot
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    I just switched out my computer for a newer one. on my old one I had a video card with 2 avi plugs for 2 monitors, which I was using. both video card cable connections were this thing.

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    my new computer has a geforce 9400 gt which has 1 of above slots and 1 15 pin slot.
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    I went to best buy and bought a vga to avi and could not get the avi side to go into the slot. it seems to hold up on going in where the slit bar is. I tried my other cable and it still goes in correctly. I also see I have a vga on my monitor so I guess I could get a vga to vga cable.
    Do I have a wrong cable? is it dvi and not avi or something?

    burns me up that I had gotten a couple of those converters with my monitors but cant find them.

    Also is there any advantage to using the avi slot or does the vga one do the same thing (on the monitor side)?

    I must have both my monitors working by tonight - it's killing me without!

    Lorddog
     
  2. Lorddog

    Lorddog Crazed Zealot
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    back of the card is like this
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  3. Bruin

    Bruin Guest

    It's a DVI cable and not an AVI.

    Technically, all you should have to do is plug the VGA to DVI adapter into the back of your video card and then plug in the cable from your monitor into the bank of the adapter.

    Just a warning though, VGA is generally considered inferior to DVI so the monitor that is plugged in via DVI will probably look better than the monitor plugged in via VGA.

    The other issue is there technically is DVI-A (analogue) and DVI-D (digital) but I think they both use the same plug.
     
  4. Quira

    Quira Guest

    It is indeed DVI and VGA we are talking about. The DVI-A is not a problem, DVI-I and DVI-D may be a problem though...
    You can see the connectors here... the difference is the 4 pins around the horizontal flat pin.

    http://www.bluejeanscable.com/store/dvi-cables/dvicabletypes.htm

    Get the right cable and you should be okay.

    Kind regards
     
  5. Rykus

    Rykus Guest

    See the following excerpt from:

    http://www.datapro.net/techinfo/dvi_info.html

    To re-phrase the bottom paragraph. You will need more than just a cable to convert between digital, and analog formats. I can't see the DVI connector in that pic well enough, but if it's a DVI-D, you will need a converter box of some sort to use it with an analog monitor. If you have a DVI-I connector, then you're in luck. Also see what your monitor will accept, as you might be able to just buy the right cable to use with your monitor's digital input.