I was replacing a monitor today and I noticed that the DVI to VGA adapter had an arrow on it that would either point left or right (provided you have it oriented like a pyramid with the side with the arrow facing up).

There were both left and right arrow facing adapters in the box, and the one that worked I attached on the video card had a left arrow on it.

Does this mean that the one with the right arrow works when it connects to the monitor?

dvi to VGA adapter with arrow

  • 2
    An image would be helpful
    – Moab
    Mar 31 '16 at 16:07
  • If it looks like a TV screen with a square wave, with an arrowhead on the end, I'm pretty sure that just means it's a DVI port, but I can't find any source reference to confirm that. As Moab said, a picture would help us confirm what it is you're talking about exactly. :) Having said that, I'm quite positive there no such thing as a 'cable-end-specific' DVI->VGA adaptor, and I'd guess the two adapters you have function identically. Mar 31 '16 at 16:30
  • It looks like an indicator for digital side here.
    – Hennes
    Mar 31 '16 at 16:38
  • @Hennes well it would be nice if it actually pointed at something other than the wall or the person next to me.
    – leeand00
    Mar 31 '16 at 16:39
  • it is a sensely logo though. That adapter takes the analog signal from a DVI plug and reroutes the wires to a VGA plug. It does nothing with a digital signal.
    – Hennes
    Mar 31 '16 at 16:42

I believe it indicates which type of converter it is. For example, DVI to VGA or VGA to DVI, but honestly I don't know which direction defines which source it can take

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