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What Cable Do I Need To Buy For My Monitor?


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#1 Vanch

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:36 AM

I just bought a used monitor (Acer S230HL - https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/model/ET.VS0HP.A02), although it didn't come with a cable to connect it to my graphics card, so I have to now buy a cable.

 

I am currently using an 'Nvidia GeForce GTX 970' graphics card, although I am unsure as to what kind of cable to buy.  The monitor I bought only has a DVI and VGA slot, although I want to use the DVI slot so that I can run it in HD.  My graphics card DOES have a DVI port, although I'm a little confused due to the choices available to me.  There are DVI, DVI-I, DVI-D cables and also Single Link and Dual Link.  I have no idea of the difference between all of these, and just want it to run properly.

 

Basically, what kind of DVI cable do I need to buy in order to get this particular monitor running properly with my graphics card?

 

 

Thank you.



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#2 mjd420nova

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:47 AM

You need to google up the DVI interface specs.  The different levels of DVI also has differing interface cables supporting the different ports pinouts.  I prefer to run with the primary display on the VGA, it will support HD if the video card is capable.



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:14 AM

http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/221/~/difference-between-dvi-i-and-dvi-d



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:57 AM

Thanks guys, although I've read that link and am still somewhat confused. Apologies, but I'm not that great at this kind of thing and don't want to "think" I know I've bought the correct cable, only for it not to work properly when I get it back home. I have a new job starting tomorrow which requires my monitor to be up and ready, and it's an early start so I'm going to have to run to the store in the morning and buy a cable so that I'm ready. Unfortunately I won't have time to return it if it's the wrong one.

 

Is there any way you'd be able to tell me exactly which one I need?  On the back of the monitor it just says 'DVI' and the same goes for the graphics card.  They don't say whether it's DVI-I or DVI-D, it just says DVI.  Also, I'm unsure as to whether I'd need a single link or dual link cable.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:59 AM

Unfortunately I won't have time to return it if it's the wrong one.

 

 

 

buy them both.....return the one you don't need at a later date???

 

take a picture of the DVI connector on the monitor and on your computer GPU.....post them here



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:10 PM

The back of the monitor and graphics card both have a DVI slot which looks like this:

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Although the back of the graphics card ALSO has a DVI slot which looks like this:

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Based on this, I'm guessing I'd need a Dual Link DVI-D cable, although looking at the GTX 970 specs sheet, it says:

 

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It doesn't have any mention of DVI-D, even though there's a DVI-D slot on the graphics card.  I can take a photo of both the back of the monitor and graphics card if it clears things up for you guys.


Edited by Vanch, 22 April 2018 - 12:13 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:12 PM

are you saying your GPU card has two DVI ports?



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:18 PM

generally DVI-I is used for older monitors, the big bulky ones (not flat screen)

 

DVI-D is used for for newer flat screen



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:20 PM

Right, here we go, this should make things clearer.

 

 

Back of monitor

 

Monitor.jpg

 

 

Back of Graphics Card

 

Gfx_Card.jpg


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:06 PM

buy a DVI-D cable and use the bottom connector on the card



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:19 PM

Awesome, thank you very much for your help.  Couple of last things...

 

1) I'm guessing it'd be 'Dual Link' right?

 

2) I'm gonna be using a Dual Monitor setup.  One monitor will be using this DVI-D cable, and the other will be using an HDMI cable.  Will this pose a problem or will it work fine?  Can I plug in both the HDMI cable and DVI-D cable to the graphics card, to support dual monitors?



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:38 PM

Awesome, thank you very much for your help.  Couple of last things...

 

1) I'm guessing it'd be 'Dual Link' right?

 

2) I'm gonna be using a Dual Monitor setup.  One monitor will be using this DVI-D cable, and the other will be using an HDMI cable.  Will this pose a problem or will it work fine?  Can I plug in both the HDMI cable and DVI-D cable to the graphics card, to support dual monitors?

 

 

1 - yes

 

2 - yes, i believe that will work



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Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:37 PM

Much appreciated.  Enjoy the Psychiatric ward Mikey, haha ;)






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