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Connections at rear if monitor


thumbscrew

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Although my Viewsonic monitor still has a perfect picture, I fear it is about to bite the dust as pressing the on/off button only results in a flickering button!! So far, by constantly pressing in and out it eventually comes to life, but it's obviously dying. Went to Curry's today to investigate a replacement, but discovered that the connections on the rear of all the monitors in the store, differed from my Viewsonic. I have a mains cable in, then a DVI and another similar to the DVI marked DSUB. However the ones in Curry's only had one connector at the back, which I assume was a DVI. Can anyone tell me if the one connector type would work on my desktop,or do I need to track down a two connector model as at present?

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lotvic

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Sorry I should have refreshed page before my last post - I didn't see your response where you have answered the question.

Ian in Northampton will no doubt be posting soon now he knows the setup.

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rdave13

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Forget the old monitor. Find out what video sockets you have on your PC. You'll be limited by these sockets to what monitor you can buy unless you upgrade to a cheap video card that supports HDMI. Lots of info here where you can compare the sockets available on your machine, google images.

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thumbscrew

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Hello rdave and thanks.....bit confused re "Video sockets on my computer". Couldn't I just use the model I've got now as an example...ergo one that has the same connections, DSUB and DVI-D?

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rdave13

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I don't know what is going on with Photobucket but they don't like IE10.

Hope this will kink to help, http://i199.photobucket.com/albums/aa180/rdave_2007/vidout1ac.png

Note the DVI Video at the bottom is the DVI-I socket.

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rdave13

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Yes but you used two cables needlessly. It's either one or the other that works. You'll be limited with the amount of monitors available. Try the DVD-D cable only and if that doesn't work, try the other one.

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thumbscrew

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Ok rdave, just unplugged the D-SUB and there's a picture!! I'm now more confused than ever because the installation guide, both the book and the cd, shows the mains lead and both of the aforementioned plugs connected into the monitor.

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rdave13

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Ok. What you are going to need is a new monitor. You will still get monitors with the blue d-sub connection, which there used to be some variations, click here, as for the DVI-D I doubt if you can get a monitor for it, click here, but those are the connections to wach out for when going for a new monitor. If you want to extend the range of possible monitors then this cheap graphics card will enable the extra range, for example only, will be cheaper ones around.

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thumbscrew

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If I ever needed proof or confirmation about my love/hate relationship with computers, this is it....even a simple thing like a new monitor is loaded with problems and confusion. Thanks very much rdave Ian and lotvic, for your help and continued patience.

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rdave13

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thumbscrew, I've just been playing with a cheap Android 7" tablet that Santa brought for the children. New technology for me but strangely I could manage to work the machines quite reasonably. Even uninstalling an app! Sill a long way to go. As for Monitors and input sockets they're going the same way. An HDMI cable carries the audio as well as the video.

Good luck with your search, I've always preferred AOC monitors myself but not the basic models. About middle range are good quality in my humble opinion.

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BRYNIT

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thumbscrew I can see the confusion after looking at a Viewsonic instruction manual. The picture indicating that the D-Sub and DVI can be connected to the computer, what I didn't find in the instructions was that one or the other should be used and not both. Sometime having a Monitor connected via both cables to the same computers video card can cause problems.

The reason the Monitor had a D-Sub and DVI connections was because older video cards only had a D-Sub connection, newer cards had both or just a DVI connections. Any monitor you buy today will have DVI + HDMI, D-Sub + HDMI or all three connections you will only need to connect the monitor from one of the connections to your computers video card for it to work.

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