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What dvi cable do i need?

Ok i was wondering what kind of dvi cables would i need or is the dvi convertors that comes with the videocard im getting work, i tried using a dvi to vga adapter for my moniter recently and it didnt work, im worried that i might have the same problem with my new video card

heres the card

the pics of the ports it has

the connections my moniter has its a gateway 700g 17 inch moniter
the pic isnt of my moniter but shows what connections i have on it.


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Any bog standard dvi cable should work. As should a dvi to vga converter. Dvi is by far the better interface, and I would highly recommend using it, without any converters. I don't believe you can up convert vga to dvi, but you can certainly downgrade a dvi signal to vga, but i can't see why you would want to...

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So you want to hook up your desktop or laptop to your television but do not know how well this How to will get those two hooked up in no time.
For the basis of this How-to we will go with the assumption that you are trying to hook up a computer to the television that is prebuilt and we are not adding hardware to the computer.

First we need to figure out what ports that you have on your television to display the video.

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If you have a LCD, LED, Plasma, etc. type flat screen the most common extra ports that you have are:

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This is a/v cable which means that both audio and video are transmitted on the same cable.

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This a Video only cable which means we will need to bring in audio to the television if you want to hear things as well. Now there is a debate on which video cable HDMI or DVI is the best, and honestly there are so many variables like the distance the cable is running to the devices that you are interfacing that there is no sure fire answers without testing both cables yourself.

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This is also a video only cable and we will need to bring sound to your television.
HDMI, DVI, and VGA cable are the cables that will be able to transmit your desktop to your TV in high definition



This is another cable that is video only and we will need to bring sound to your television. This is not a high definition cable and is only 480i resolution so I would suggest only using this one as a last resort.

Now that we have looked over your television we need to look at your computer. Match up the jacks with what is on your computer. Newer laptops are coming with a HDMI jack already in them so if you have one of those then looks like this will be easy for you to hook up. Heck you probably are not even reading this how-to right now.

If you don't have the HDMI jack you will most likely have either a VGA or DVI jack on your laptop or desktop so we will be using that. Older laptops do also have s-video but because it's not a high def cable I won't really be covering that in this how-to



Let's go over our video only options first. These are options if you only want the video to go to your television and do not want audio. If you are wishing for both audio and video then skip ahead to the next section.

As a rule of thumb you want the cables as short as you can so that there is not any signal degradation that can happen on long cables

VGA is the most common kind of connector out there. It has been used since 1987 in one form or another on desktops as well as laptops and the cables are relatively inexpensive. They range in the 5 - 10 dollar range and can be picked up easily online.

DVI output is usually just on desktop computers but can on the rare occasion be found on a laptop. These cables are a bit pricier but range in the area of 9 - 20 dollars.

Now here is the most common problem, "None of my connectors match. For instance, "I have VGA on my computer and not on my TV" etc.
To take care of this problem we need to get some adapters or conversion cords.


Here is an adapter, they look generally like this:


And they cost usually about 5 dollars this will take a VGA cable coming from your computer and connect it with the DVI port of your television.

You can also purchase a VGA to DVI cable that doesn't need an adapter they are about 15 dollars. They look like this:



Currently they only sell VGA to HDMI cables. They are about 15 dollars. They look about like this:



Adapters like below are easy to find and cost about 3 to 5 dollars as well as a fully integrated cable also below for about 10 dollars





If your television has both a VGA and a mini phono plug (headphone input jack) they do make a VGA cable like below that you can interface both the audio and video with.


You can purchase it via Amazon for about 10 dollars



The product pictured above is an Atlona AT-HDVIEW VGA to HDMI Scaler/Converter. What this will do is take the video from your VGA port and sound from your headphone jack and convert it into a signal that can be sent along a HDMI cable so that both audio and video are being displayed on your television. Keep in mind that the audio coming across will only is in stereo. So you can't get the full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound out of the jack you will be using. This device is also USB powered so you will not need an extra power cable or batteries.

There are several varieties of this kind of device they range from 40 to 100 dollars so do your research before buying.


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Pictured below is a DVI + Audio (SPDIF & Toslink) to HDMI Converter Adapter. This unit will take the DVI video and encode the S/PDIF audio with it and transmit the signal over a HDMI cable to your television. The retail for about 38 dollars


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All of the pictures and costs used in this how-to are used for example purposes and can change from the date in which this was written.

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