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Can I connect monitor to serial port?


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28-Feb-2009, 03:15 PM #1
Can I connect monitor to serial port?
I've just bought an old desktop but when I tried to plug in my monitor I found there was no db15 port to plug into. There's only two serial ports on the back, one has the IOIOI symbol and the other has a rectangular symbol. Does anyone know if I can connect a vga monitor to it?

I don't want to buy a cable and then find out it's no good!

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28-Feb-2009, 03:34 PM #2
VGA ports have been standard for quite some time. However, it's possible that the old computer doesn't have a video card. There has to be a female VGA port to connect the monitor to.
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28-Feb-2009, 03:43 PM #3
Depending on the age of the computer, if it has a video card installed, and the port looks similar to a serial port, it may be EGA or even worse CGA. I just parted out a computer that had a Genuine Hercules CGA adapter in it. We are talking old school here.
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