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Can I connect monitor to serial port?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by markraymond, Feb 28, 2009.

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  1. markraymond

    markraymond Thread Starter

    Jun 8, 2007
    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!

  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    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.
  3. dustyjay

    dustyjay Jay

    Jan 23, 2003
    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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