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No DVI signal, no VGA port to fix the problem


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#1 Charger

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 02:15 PM

Okay, bought a ViewSonic VX2250wm monitor yesterday. I only get VGA signal. DVI just gives me a no signal message. After some quick searching I find that it's a common enough problem with some of their monitors, and at least one generally accepted fix has been cited.

Plug in both dvi and vga cable into video card and monitor
turn on computer (boot to windows fully)
shut down computer
unplug vga cable
leave dvi alone
unplug monitor 10 sec
turn on computer


I've read several success stories with this method. The problem is that my video card, a low profile GeForce 9600 GT, only has an HDMI and a DVI port. I'd been using a DVI to VGA converter, so I technically can't follow these instructions because I can't have both VGA and DVI connected at the same time.

I'm guessing my next step is to buy a DVI to DVI/VGA splitter and continue with the procedure then? I'd hate to buy one, but if that's what it takes...

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Windows XP Pro SP3
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 1.99GHz
2.50 GB RAM

monitor: ViewSonic VX2250wm
video card: NVIDIA Galaxy GeForce 9600 GT Low Profile

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Posted 14 September 2010 - 05:01 PM

Since you've already got the DVI/VGA adapter, the other way to do it is to get an HDMI to DVI cable (they're the same video signal, just different connectors) to provide the DVI signal. This can be a handy adapter cable to have in any case.

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 07:16 PM

Well I took your advice, but hit another snag. It's just barely too tight of a squeeze to put both adapters in at the same time. I even managed a tad more room by removing the fastening screw on the VGA adapter but it's just not enough.

On the upside, the monitor does switch over to DVI with the HDMI to DVI adapter in place. So I at least know that the DVI on the monitor works. I assume I should just be content using the HDMI to DVI instead of continuing to labor over the port issue since it's the same video quality(?). And it also puts that adapter into use full time, which justifies the purchase a bit more.

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 11:03 PM

That's frustrating, a dumb design "feature" like that! But I think you've probably settled on the simplest way around it.

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