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Windows 7: proper steps to switch from VGA to HDMI?

09 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
proper steps to switch from VGA to HDMI?

My monitor supports DVI-D input and the PC itself handles HDMI output. I needed a VGA cable for an older computer and juts saw fit to buy an HDMI to DVI cable for the PC instead. That should arrive in tomorrow's mail.

What are the proper steps to switch over from VGA to HDMI? Do I connect both cables and then select an output? Do I reboot the PC first? I know the monitor has an input selection option under its control menu, but I'm wondering what steps I need for the PC. Also, as far as audio goes, I think the PC will let me select my audio device regardless of what's plugged in, correct?

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09 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 10 Pro X64

Diosoth, power down your pc, attach the new cable then reboot. Prior to this make sure your monitor is set to auto detect.
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10 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I would guess the "auto" button on my monitor does the same thing? I didn't see any menu option to auto detect but if I press that button I get a windows that says "auto processing" and some brief flickering. I can also manually select the input from the monitor's controls.
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10 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Retail Box (64-bit installed) + Service Pack 1

You probably have to do nothing, but put in the new cable and boot the PC.
That should be all, don't over think it.

Video card should be smart enough to know which port is active and Windows 7 slick enough to self adjust.

Post here if wrong.
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11 Jun 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I had no problem switching over. The only issue I've seen is a small checkered background on one site seemed to flicker, but it's not something I've been able to reproduce outside of that one image and I recall similar issues even with VGA on certain backgrounds through the browser. I'm also no longer getting that faint ghosting the VGA input was doing.

Not that I'm noticing a HUGE difference in quality so far but this monitor only supports up to 1600 x 900 resolution and losing the ghosting effects were worth it. The cable was only $5 shipped, I really should've bought one long ago.
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11 Jun 2013   #6

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86

Hi Diosoth

Also check for latest released drivers etc for your GPU.
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