A graphical standard introduced by IBM, but mostly used to refer to a 640x480 display device

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HDMI vs Component vs VGA vs DVI vs DisplayPort

What are the pros and cons of each of these different display adapters and cables? From what I can understand, HDMI offers the ability to send audio along the same cable as well as the ability to do ...
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Is VGA port hot-pluggable?

In meetings, I often see people detaching the VGA connector from one running laptop and connecting it to another, while the projector is still on. Is this 100% risk free, and OK by design of the VGA ...
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What exactly is VGA, and what is the difference between it and a video card?

Operating system development tutorials pinpoint reaching screen data by writing directly to VGA or EGA or Super VGA, but what I do not get is what is the real difference between writing to a fixed ...
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Maximum resolution through VGA/DVI/HDMI(/etc)?

I know the original VGA standard was meant to output 640x480 and that other standards over the original VGA connector are developed to output a higher resolution. (SVGA, XGA, etc.) But I was wondering ...
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How to Use 3 Monitors

Right now my setup has a nice big 24" flatscreen in the center with a 19" flatscreen to the left. But I have a big gaping hole on the right. I have a 3rd monitor to put there, but I'm not sure how to ...
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Connecting a 2560x1440 display to a laptop?

Having read Jeff Atwood's blog post on Korean 27" IPS LCDs, I've been wondering to what extent these are useful in a notebook + large display situation. I own a Lenovo Thinkpad Edge E320 with 2nd gen....
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Why is HDMI->DVI image sharper than VGA?

I have a Dell U2312HM monitor connected to a Dell Latitude E7440 laptop. When I connect them via laptop -> HDMI cable -> HDMI-DVI adaptor -> monitor (the monitor doesn't have a HDMI socket), ...
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What maximal resolution is reasonable when using a VGA cable?

I own a laptop which only has VGA as a port for external displays. I'm thinking to buy an external flat-screen monitor for my laptop. Which resolution should the display have at the utmost so that I ...
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Screen fuzzes/zig zags on a custom build

Recently, I built my first computer: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 4 x 1GB DDR2 RAM 500GB SATA hard drive Radeon HD 6770 graphics card by XFX - using one monitor via DisplayPort -> VGA adapter. MSI P6N SLI ...
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How do I configure my monitor/operating system for optimal color display?

I'm a web developer, and for a hobby I take photos and edit them on my computer. I've found that sometimes I miss stuff on my own monitor that are apparent on other monitors (aliased edges that didn't ...
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Two identical external monitors, one through HDMI another VGA. Text on VGA looks blurry

I've tried a lot of things but I can't seem to get it working correctly. Below is my setup. Laptop is a Dell Latitude E6535, which has Video chip/card NVidia NVS 5200M. I have two external AOC IPS ...
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Windows 7 brightness slider suddenly gone

Brightness slider in power plan settings recently disappeared. How to fix it?
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How to connect two computers to one monitor

I have a monitor with one DVI input but I have a PC and a MacBook Air. I have the cable to convert the Macs output to DVI which works fine but I don't want to have to keep pulling out the monitor ...
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What kind of video connector is this, if not VGA?

Can anyone identify this connector type? It is nothing I have seen before, and we have one that is converting from this connector to VGA. It needs to be replaced but with no idea what it is exactly.
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3 displays with Dell Laptop (2 monitors + laptop display)

I have a Dell Latitude 8420. It is connected to a dock. Is there any way to have two monitors connected to this setup and also use the laptop screen too? I want the desktop extended on the 3 ...
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Dual-monitors with one VGA port?

Would it be possible to use some sort of splitter to make Windows display to the other monitor as if I had two ports (both unique, not cloning from the primary.)?
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How can I connect a DVI monitor to the VGA port in my laptop?

Is there a device I can buy that will convert the analog signal to digital?
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VGA resolution with Sony Bravia TV

I just bought Sony Bravia KDL40S5100 tv. The VGA input is acting weird. I have a Gateway desktop with Windows 7 and Intel 945 graphics. I also have a laptop running Ubuntu 9.04. The TV will not ...
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Connecting 24 monitors to one PC

I need to connect 24 monitors to one PC. The requirement is to run different web browsers windows on each monitor for exhibition purposes. Is there any way to accomplish this mission? Does anybody ...
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Audio through VGA?

How can I get my video card / VGA port to output sound? I want to plug the red, white and yellow RCA plugs into my RCA monitor (it has built in speakers).
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How can I get my dual monitors to work in Windows 7, after no online solutions work?

I will start by saying this is the first time I have tried to perform this particular task, however, I am an IT professional, and I do know my way around a computer. The problem is I can't "extend" ...
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Will an HDMI to VGA connector work?

I have a device that has an HDMI output port. The specification says that I can connect it to a monitor that has an HDMI input port (through HDMI to HDMI cable) or one that has a DVI-D input port. Now,...
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Why is there electricity flowing through my VGA and other ports?

I am using Windows 7 on a Sony VAIO laptop. When I connected my PC to the charger, I felt a little electric shock when I touched the VGA and other ports. I tested with a current detector and found ...
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How much video quality is lost over VGA vs DVI?

I have a netbook that I want to connect an external monitor to. The netbook only has a VGA output. How much quality is lost due to using a VGA interface, as opposed to DVI one? Will the display be ...
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HDMI to VGA and Display Port to VGA adapters

I stumbled upon a problem after I upgraded my hardware, I was so excited about it, but when I realized that I can't connect my monitors this disappointed me. I have 3 FullHD 22 inch monitors with a ...
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Monitor (DVI-D) to Laptop (VGA)

I am simply trying to use my DVI monitor with my laptop that only accepts VGA. I've been doing some research for an adapter from DVI female to VGA male and it seems that not only do I need an adapter, ...
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Installing new OS without screen?

I got an old laptop which works perfectly except for a broken screen. I would like to install Linux on it and use it as a home server. The problem is that the VGA output works only after it boots into ...
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DVI-D to VGA adapter

I know that DVI-D is digital only and can not be transformed to VGA with passive adapter. I want to know where this adapters are used? Or is it just a marketing trick? Example of this adapter here: ...
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VGA Cable gave me an Electric Shock when connecting a Projector to a Laptop

Yesterday I was trying to connect a Viewsonic Projector to my Samsung RC420 laptop... I followed this steps: I Plugged the Projector to a power source, in parallel I did the same thing with the ...
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Can an onboard laptop graphics card be replaced with an external one?

I have had a Dell D630 laptop for a long time. Suddenly the graphics card began to over-heat and the screen got a pink color. After a while the monitor didn't show anything. Right now, when I turn ...
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What Exactly am I Seeing Here?

I have a Dell D620 that has its screen ripped out ( was damaged a while ago ) and so to see any console output, I have a VGA-Compatible TV hooked up to it. Sometimes when I haven't typed anything for ...
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Monitor image became offset to the right. How to fix this?

Got this odd problem where the image in the monitor is offset to the right. It’s offset a lot. I have an external monitor, which is connected to a laptop. I don’t use the laptop’s display, only the ...
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Why does Windows 7 recognize my second monitor yet the second monitor remains blank?

I bought a new monitor (Acer X203H) and wanted to plug it into my graphics card but on my graphics card one plug says CRT which is already filled with the first monitor and the second says DVI, which ...
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How to force Fedora 12 to start to text mode?

I have a problem with my newly installed ATI driver so my Fedora 12 boots to a frozen graphic mode display. I need to force it to boot to text mode interface to start adjusting my X configuration. ...
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How to disable monitor standby in console?

My computer automatically stops sending a video signal when I stop typing in my console for a while, regardless if any command is running for a long time (like watch). My question is, how can I ...
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Using laptop vga port, misunderstanding

I'm wondering if a VGA Monitor connected to the laptop, will act exactly as the inbuilt monitor? More specifically: I have the monitor connected to the laptop via VGA port. I Start the laptop. On ...
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Electric shock with plugged in VGA cable [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why would I get an electric shock from a VGA cable connected to an LCD monitor? Similar to this question I got shocked today with a new computer I just bought. How is this ...
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What is the pixel clock setting on my monitor actually doing?

I am experiencing display interference on a dell 24" flat panel monitor.I find that if I adjust the pixel clock settings up or down in the monitor's on-screen menus, the interference goes away for a ...
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KVM Switch - Image Quality

Does a KVM Switch causes loss of image quality? I want to install one but thinking if this will effect the quality of the image (colors/etc), displayed on the screens.
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My Computer sees DVI connection as VGA and newest Intel Graphic Driver causes blank Screen (No Signal)

I have recieved a computer with Intel motherboard chipset DH67CL and on board GPU DT GT2. I have connected a DVI monitor (Acer AL1721 or iiyama prolite e481s). I have installed Windows 7 64 bit (...
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Mini DisplayPort -> DVI -> VGA?

I have a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter which I use to connect my MacBook to a screen that has DVI input. I also have a screen with VGA only input which I want to be able to use, so instead of buying ...
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How to make a VGA monitor display a white screen at all time?

I am hacking around with an old (CRT) VGA monitor. What I want is to make the monitor display a blank white screen at all time, when the power is connected of course. I do not care if I cannot use my ...
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How to specify console (or primary display) for video adapter?

I have an ASUS ENGT440/DI1GD5 video adapter which has three output ports: D-Sub (HD-15), DVI and HDMI. I am using both the D-Sub and DVI ports, but my main monitor is connected to the DVI output. ...
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Laptop cannot recognize my VGA-connected PnP monitor

I originally had my laptop plugged into a docking station, and then the docking station connected to a monitor; I don't recall whether it was connected via VGA or DVI. I've since moved and no longer ...
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Can you plug DVD/Game system into an LCD? [closed]

All the LCD's in our house have DVI and VGA inputs. None support S-Video or any analog formats. Our game systems (nes, snes, n64, ps, ps2, gamecube, etc..) and DVD and VHS players only have composite ...
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Will a VGA monitor work if connected to 9-pin serial port?

I have a (old) computer that I am trying to use, just for giggles. It has a 9-pin (RS-232) output for the monitor (marked 10101). Can I connect it to my VGA monitor using an adapter? EDIT Thanks ...
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VGA vs SVGA cable?

I have a totally avarage looking VGA cable with totally average HD-15/DE-15 male D-sub connectors on both end, however the label on it states, that it is an "SVGA cable". I know that VGA is also the ...
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DVI vs. VGA for Long Run

I have to run a 10ft cable to reach a VGA cable which is another 6ft. The source is DVI, the destination is VGA. Would there be any signal difference if I... Used a DVI>VGA adapter and then a 10ft ...
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Where can I find VGA-to-USB adapters?

I'm a laptop user and don't want to buy a monitor anytime soon. I also have a an old stationary computer that I'd like to have a closer look at, and imagine that I could use the laptop screen and some ...
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Are HDMI to VGA Adapters Really Device-Specific?

There are a lot of devices on the market right now (especially mobile devices) with a Micro-HDMI or Mini-HDMI port and no VGA or D-Sub output. Most manufacturers of said devices sell a cable that ...