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Solved: Problems with connecting a second monitor

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Meridian1, Jan 24, 2013.

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  1. Meridian1

    Meridian1 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I read the entire post regarding Problems with connecting a second monitor and I have a similar problem with one tiny twist.
    New computer is HP PRO 3400
    It came with one vga and one dvi-d. Our monitors are all vga. Most of us with older HP's that have dual monitors are using a vga to dvi-i connector... so since I couldn't find a vga to dvi-d cable or connector, I purchased a dvi-d male to dvi-i female to work with the other converter (dvi-i to vga). It doesn't work.
    When I plug in justthe 2 adapters, the screen says ‘cable is unplugged’ which seems normal. But when I plug the vga cable into the 2 adapters,it says ‘no signal’.
    Is it really possible that I cannot connect this analog vga monitor to digital dvi-d without using some sort of electronic converter box?? Is there no such thing as a vga to dvi-d that will work?
    Thanks for any help you can give... I'm trying not to have to purchase a new monitor.
    :confused: Mary
     
  2. Triple6

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    VGA is an analog signal, DVI-D is a digital signal, DVD-I has both digital and analog hence the extra pins.

    You have several options:

    1) Buy a new monitor that has digital inputs, either DVI or HDMI.

    2) Buy a graphics card that has two ports that can be converted to VGA; so a native VGA port, a DVI-I port, or a Display Port.

    3) Buy a converter unit which I wouldn't recommend.

    VGA is on it's death bed and rightly so.
     
  3. Meridian1

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    Thanks for your help!
     
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