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Re: [OM] Monitors

Subject: Re: [OM] Monitors
From: David Thatcher <plusphoto@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:37:28 +0930
On Wed, Jul 28, 2021 at 09:18:43PM -0400, Tina Manley wrote:

> I'm sure there are other
> connections on my computer but the VGA one is the one I need for both of
> the monitors that I have.

Hi Tina,

There are  DP-to-VGA and HDMI-to-VGA adapter boxes or integrated adapter
cables available for less than USD$11 on amazon. When shopping for these
you need to make sure they are the right "direction", e.g.  "graphics
card DP" (or HDMI) to a "monitor VGA" if they are not universal.  Also
you need to make sure that the resolution of your monitor is supported
by the adapters (you may lose the autodetect and have to hard set the
display resolution in the video settings). One other issue with analogue
adapters is that the video can get smeary or noisy.

These are examples of the integrated cables (less messy than adapter box
plus cable :) ). Note these are unidirectional cables, and will support
up to 1920x1080p (and appear to support plug'n'play). I can't say for
sure if those particular things will support your PC and monitor
combination, it can be a bit of a gamble.

All that said, if your monitors are of the age that only support VGA,
and have had normal everyday use, there is likely to be some backlight
deterioration, and newer ones that support the port types natively may
be in order.

This is just my $0.02 worth,  having just replaced a 6-year old samsung
with a cheapy gigabyte,  the old LED monitor was noticeably tired next
to the new one. I had to look at adapters because I have a DVI console
switch and the new monitor only has HDMI and DP.


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