I have an old LCD monitor that only has VGA input. The problem is that I just got a new GPU and it only supports DVI-D (digital only), HDMI, and DisplayPort.

I tried connecting my VGA cable to a small DVI-I adapter that I had at home, but my GPU only has DVI-D plus it is digital only, so I borrowed an active converter to DisplayPort. It's not working.

Why are the adapters/converters that I tried not working? How can I connect my monitor to my GPU then?

Note: I will buy a modern monitor in two months I think... but until then I really want to use my new GPU.

  • What is an "active converter to display port"? – Kaizerwolf Jan 20 '17 at 20:18
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    I am currently aware of adapters from DisplayPort graphics card to VGA: amazon.com/HP-AS615AA-Displayport-VGA-Adapter/dp/B0025ZUF8K and it doesn't need to be active. I only tested active HDMI to VGA adapters and I don't recommend them. – Alex Jan 20 '17 at 20:36
  • @Kaizerwolf: an active adapter means that you need to connect it to an AC power source. – Alex Jan 20 '17 at 20:37
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    @Alex - an active adapter doesn't always require an external AC power source. It can be powered by a USB cable connected to a host USB device or not even require it in the case of devices powered by the DVI-D bus itself. Your definition of an active adaptor in this case isn't accurate. – Ramhound Jan 20 '17 at 20:52
  • @Hori - If you want help we need more specific information. If you want to know the reason your adaptor isn't work you should give us specifics. – Ramhound Jan 20 '17 at 20:53

The only way to connect your monitor to the GPU is to buy a VGA to Display Port/DVI-D adapter. you could pick one up at almost any electronics store or order one from amazon or something.

  • Hi. Thanks. That looks like the answer to my question. However I decided to just go and buy a new monitor with HDMI cable. Adapters are like 20 euros here, for some reason, and I can get a Full HD LED monitor, that's much better than my current LCD 1440x900 VGA one, for around 100. And at least I will get to keep it as a secondary screen once I will buy a good primary one, the adapter would have been just temporary. – Horațiu Mlendea Jan 23 '17 at 8:19

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