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How to: Use a DVI to VGA Adapter?

Graphics cards makers are almost particularly making graphic cards that use the DVI connection port due to its higher bandwidth capabilities over VGA. However, many computer users do not have monitors that use the DVI input format. Due to this manufacturing trend, it is growing increasingly vital that users know how to use video adapters. The use of a DVI to VGA adapter gives a user to enjoy a media-rich environment without having to buy a brand-new monitor.

DVI VGAHow to use a DVI to VGA adapter?

  • Set up your DVI to VGA adapter to the video card by inserting the DVI side of the adapter into the video card and screwing in the mounting pins on the adapter.
  • Connect your monitor’s VGA input plug to the VGA output side of the DVI to VGA adapter. Screw the VGA plug’s attached mounting pins into the DVI to VGA adapter.
  • Boot into your operating system to ensure the adapter is definitely functioning and is not defective.

Tips & Warnings


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If you are using a large resolution, such as 2560 x 1600, it will be necessary to get a dual-link DVI adapter. A single-link DVI adapter just cannot handle the bandwidth required for such a great resolution.
When setting up the adapter, do not force either connector too hard, as they should stick together to each other easily. If you realise the connectors are not merging easily, check whether you have them oriented correctly.

How to connect a DVI VGA Cable?

Step 1:

Power off your electronic equipment and take off both equipments from their power sources. This will prevent injury or damage made as a result of electric shock.

Step 2:

Set up the DVI end of the cable to the DVI source. The port is the device making the signal, such as a cable box or video game console. The DVI end of the cable will be slightly larger than the VGA end, though they look somewhat similar. If the end you are trying to set up does not accurately match the connection on your output device, then you are possibly using the wrong end of the cable.

Step 3:

Connect the VGA end of the cable to your device.

Step 4:

Reconnect the power to your electronic equipment and turn both devices on. The signal will now move from your DVI source and will display on your VGA monitor.

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