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  1. petedread

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    Hi. I have been given an old computer by a friend, he want's me to reinstall windows on it for him. It has Geforce 6800gs with VGA and a DVI-out ports. My monitor has D-Sub and DVI-D ports. Is there any way I can get it to work on my monitor? I'm hoping that there is a cable I can buy? Is this a analog to digital issue? If so, it is going to be expensive to get an adaptor but I don't mind because I'm sure it will come in handy in the future.
     
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    Oh I forgot to mention, my monitor also has a HDMI port.
     
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    VGA (d-sub 15), DVI-A, DVI-D, or DVI-I would work: male -> male. DVI-I (digital+analog) is the best, followed by DVI-D (digital). DVI-A and VGA are analog.

    In your situation, I would buy a M-M DVI-D cable up to 10 feet long.
     
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    VGA and D-Sub are the same thing, just as DVI and DVI-D are the same thing.
     
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    Oh right, well they do look the same,lol. Well nothing shows up on my screen. I have the same problem with another old computer that is sat here waiting for a OS install. Maybe it's just that both of them have dead graphics cards?
     
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    The monitor could be dead, the cable bad, any adapters you are using defective, and/or failed graphics device. Trial and error...trial and error.
     
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    If the motherboard has integrated video, it might be trying to display from that and you'd need to set the BIOS to use the card. If there's a video port on the motherboard, try it.
     
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    Not really, if a DVI port isn't designated DVI-D, also called "dual link", it will not handle extreme resolutions like 2560.
     
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    First, DVI-D is not synonymous with dual-link DVI. DVI-D is simply the digital implementation of DVI. DVI-D is available as single- and dual-link.

    Second, for the purposes of this thread, it's the same thing. DVI-D is the most common DVI type. GPUs have a DVI-I port so they may output DVI-A or DVI-D. For all monitors sold today with DVI, they are of DVI-D type.
     
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    Stupid oversight, the graphics card is not powered!,lol. There is no cable for it on the PSU. Just one 4 pin 12v atx for the motherboard. MB is Asus AN832-SLI. I expect that I can buy a cable for it, but then I wont be able to have the DVD burner connected lol. What a mess. Thanks FordGT90Concept for the port connecter info. And thanks Mabam and everyone for the help.
     

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