CodySILVER Member
That guy from Reno
556 posts
Location: Reno, Nevada USA


Posted:
Howdy, I got a nice 19" LCD monitor for my birthday. It comes with DVI and VGA connectors. The instructions are very vague and show connecting both at the same time. My video card has both ports so I connected both. The monitor would show the startup then go to no signal. I disconnected the DVI from the computer and it works fine with just the VGA. My question is am I not using my setup to it's best capacity? Should the DVI be my conntection for better resolution? I think I would need to change some settings to use the DVI, but I don't want to fix something that's not really broken.

Thanks
Cody biggrin

Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


flidBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,136 posts
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom


Posted:
DVI's digital, VGA's analogue.



For the same reason we went from using analog cassettes to digital DVDs, analog TV to digital TV etc, DVI is far superior, and will give you miles better performance than VGA. There will be settings in your video card setup (control panel->display properties) if your card has both outputs.

CodySILVER Member
That guy from Reno
556 posts
Location: Reno, Nevada USA


Posted:
Cool, thanks I'll give it a shot. smile

Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


Bender_the_OffenderGOLD Member
still can't believe it's not butter
6,978 posts
Location: Melbourne, Australia


Posted:
DVI should be used for the LCD display. the signal coming from the usual analogue connector that normal (CRT) monitors use has to be converted to a DVI signal anyway.

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flidBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,136 posts
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom


Posted:
exactly, it's converted from digital to analog and then back again. Everytime you do something crazy like that you loose quality. That's why digital camcorders these days copy off footage by firewire (digital) not phono connectors (analog).

This all said, depending on the length and quality of the VGA cable, you may not notice a difference on LCDs 17" and under

UCOFSILVER Member
..lonely.
15,416 posts
Location: South Wales


Posted:
*cough*geeks*cough*

Oh what am I saying?...

I understood eerything you said rolleyes

CodySILVER Member
That guy from Reno
556 posts
Location: Reno, Nevada USA


Posted:
Ok I'm still fiddling with it. The hard part is that I have it pluged in as VGA so I can see what I'm doing. I also have the DVI plugged in. When I switch it to digital (through the video card in display properties) It displays "no signal" even if I unplug the analog part. When I plug it back in the screen pops back up and it defaulst back to analog VGA. We tried having it self install the correct monitor drivers (no software with the monitor) and it seemend to work, but I still can not unplug the VGA and have a signal. Also, the video card tad in display properties is gone. I thought I had it until I realized I had seleted a dual monitor option because it's plugged in twice. My future wife keeps telling me to leave it alone it's working. So I can't tell if I'm digital or not, but It's only one monitor now. smile

In case it helps my video card is an ASUS 128meg with VGA, DVI, and the S-TV out thingy. The computer has a gig of ram and about a 1.3 gig proccessor.

Thanks again. biggrin

Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


flidBRONZE Member
Carpal \'Tunnel
3,136 posts
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom


Posted:
1 gig of ram but a 1.3? that's just silly. Anyway, windows xp's craziness at configuring tv out/second monitor is part of the fun umm. If you've got a second VGA monitor lying around, it really helps to plug them both in. There's a button with "identify" (or something like it) written on it in display properties, which shows up a big 1 on the first monitor and a big 2 on the second. It isn't that straight forward, but there's probably tutorials if you google for them. Failing that check on your video card/monitor's website/forums

CodySILVER Member
That guy from Reno
556 posts
Location: Reno, Nevada USA


Posted:
Thanks ( I got a good deal on Ram wink) I do have another monitor I'll give it a shot. smile

Cody Canon
Controlled Burn, Reno Nevada


Bender_the_OffenderGOLD Member
still can't believe it's not butter
6,978 posts
Location: Melbourne, Australia


Posted:
you need more ram to use the e-goat.
i got two bytes from it but now i'm ok.

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