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Mrs Pingu

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Monitor question
« on: April 09, 2020, 03:53:18 pm »
WFH I have a laptop docking station with the following monitor outputs:
VGA
HDMI
DisplayPort

I have 2 monitors (FYI these are ancient old square format, not anything fancy in super high res):
1 with VGA only
I with VGA and DVI-D (I'm currently using only this via VGA)

I have a VGA-VGA cable.

What's the best purchase to allow me to use the 2nd monitor in a 2 monitor set up?
HDMI to DVI?
DisplayPort to DVI?

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Re: Monitor question
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2020, 03:58:23 pm »
Either will be fine

Re: Monitor question
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2020, 05:32:21 pm »
In my experience DisplayPort to DVI adapters are super finicky.

HDMI and DVI are (roughly) the same thing in a different shaped plug, so should be more reliable.

Your laptop may or may not support outputting to multiple displays at once.

Mrs Pingu

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Re: Monitor question
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2020, 05:57:28 pm »
I later found that the monitor also had a DisplayPort as well so I've ordered a DP to DP cable in the vague hope that would work best.
I use 2 monitors at work no problem, I just CBA bringing both of them home.
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ian

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Re: Monitor question
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2020, 06:32:24 pm »
My Macbook uses a mini-displayport to the DVI without issue – mostly because I couldn't find an HDMI cable the cable snake drawer. I'm sure I have at least six, but as is the nature of cables, you are doomed to find every cable that you don't want and never the one you do.
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Re: Monitor question
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2020, 11:44:55 pm »
I was pleased to see in this recent ElecroBOOM video that he has those boxes just like the rest of us...
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