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Windows 7: New Card, Old Monitor

24 Mar 2011   #1
MadSupra354

 
New Card, Old Monitor

I've just built my new gaming rig, and I was wondering if there was a way I could get an XFX AMD Radeon HD 6950 2GB to work on a VGA only monitor. For those of you who don't know, the Radeon HD 6950 supports Dual link DVI, HDMI and Display Port 1.2.


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24 Mar 2011   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes, you need a DVI to VGA adapter.
http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&s...w=1280&bih=851
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24 Mar 2011   #3
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

From what I can see, I don't see why not as some of the other card manufacturers include a DVI-VGA adapter with their cards. Unless XFX only used DVI-D connectors on the cards, then all you need is a DVI-VGA adapter and you should be good to go.
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24 Mar 2011   #4
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Yes, you need a DVI to VGA adapter.
vga to dvi - Google Search
Wouldn't this mean I'd have to have a DVI cable too? I heard that apparently converters aren't the best.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
From what I can see, I don't see why not as some of the other card manufacturers include a DVI-VGA adapter with their cards. Unless XFX only used DVI-D connectors on the cards, then all you need is a DVI-VGA adapter and you should be good to go.
The card uses DVI-D, and XFX used to include adapters, but it seems with the 6xxx series they didn't include them.
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24 Mar 2011   #5
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
The card uses DVI-D
Might want to double check that,

New Card, Old Monitor-dvi.png

Digital Visual Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

as looking at the 5 different XFX models of the 6950, they all have DVI-I connectors on them.


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24 Mar 2011   #6
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

[QUOTE=MadSupra354;1309695]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p5bdkw View Post
Yes, you need a DVI to VGA adapter.
vga to dvi - Google Search
Wouldn't this mean I'd have to have a DVI cable too? I heard that apparently converters aren't the best.



If the old monitor has a VGA cable that is fixed, your best bet would be to use a VGA to DVI adapter. It doesn't get any simpler.
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24 Mar 2011   #7
MadSupra354

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadSupra354 View Post
The card uses DVI-D
Might want to double check that,

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Digital Visual Interface - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

as looking at the 5 different XFX models of the 6950, they all have DVI-I connectors on them.
I thought having a port like that would require all pins.
So, I should buy a DVI to VGA converter/adapter, and buy a DVI cable?
*Edit* You are right, it does use DVI-I. I should just get a cable then.
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24 Mar 2011   #8
TCG

 
 

If you have a VGA only monitor, then you want a DVI > VGA adapter on your card...
New Card, Old Monitor-dvi-vga.jpg

...and a VGA cable to your monitor.
New Card, Old Monitor-vga-cable.jpg

On a side note if you just built a gaming rig w/ a 6950, you really should consider upgrading that monitor, the potential of that card via HDMI or DVI is so much greater than what you will be using w/ VGA.


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25 Mar 2011   #9
MadSupra354

 

Yeah I will be upgrading my monitor on my Birthday
What I would like to know is, which of these would be better?
New Card, Old Monitor-bfg-dvi-i-vga-unit.jpg
New Card, Old Monitor-dvi-vga-cable.jpg


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25 Mar 2011   #10
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Pretty much an either/or thing. If you already have the VGA cable just get the adapter.
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