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What are the cable connectors/port things on the long silver metal part of a graphics

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by loilfad08, Jun 6, 2009.

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  1. loilfad08

    loilfad08 Thread Starter

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    What are those cable things used for on a PCI graphics card.
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    http://i6.ebayimg.com/01/i/001/2d/74/c92e_1.JPG

    On this graphics card there is one blue connector thingy with holes in it, which I think is for some cable (excuse me for my lack of computer literacy). What is the cable port and the cable used for? And is the cable necessary for the graphics card to work in a computer, or is it just for connecting it to a tv or something --> I don't really know. Just wanna know if the port has to be used, or whether it can be left empty and still will work in a computer in a PCI slot.

    Thanks.
     
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    From the angle of the picture, I can't see if that is the back of the port or not. You might have to establish a connection between the port and the chip through a cable's connection. I'm not sure, and as you can see from above (computer experience) I'm not entirely sure by any stretch of the imagination. I'll do some research for you though, and hopefully someone else will have found this thread so they can help you out.
     
  3. win2kpro

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    The blue "thingy" with holes in it is the connector where you connect your monitor cable.
     
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    I do hope he wasn't referring to the physical port. I'm pretty sure he knows what that is. I think he meant what was on the back of the VGA port. It looks like a rectangle, and I'm not sure what it is either. o_O
     
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    The graphics card should still work though, so just plug your monitor cable (VGA hopefully) into the port and turn the tower on. You should be good to go. =D
     
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    The blue box behind the external connector is just the internal portion of the connector.
     
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    Oh, alright then. Thanks for clarifying. I believe you can mark this thread "Solved".
     
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    I can't mark it solved, only loilfad08 can mark it solved.
     
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    Yeah, I was talking to him about that part. ^_^
     
  10. loilfad08

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    Last question before I mark this solved:

    There are 2 cables plugged into my monitor, one is connected to a power point, and the other is connected to the back of my CPU. For the cable which connects my PC to monitor, the end that connects the PC, is blue and fairly large, with 2 screws on either side, which have to be rotated to be loosened. Is that the cable I move to my graphics card? Also is that cable used for connecting my integrated graphics controller to my monitor?
     
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    That "blue ended cord" would be your VGA connector. The "blue port" that is on the back of your computer -is- part of your graphics card inside the PC. (unless it's integrated, but i don't think so). Yes, that is the cable you will be plugging into your new graphics card.

    Sorry, but you sound really inexperienced to be swapping out hardware inside of your computer. It's a fairly simple task...but....yeah. Maybe do a bit more research beforehand?
     
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