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show user profile  Cylon
Hi all, just a quick question.

I got up today and my monitor wouldn't turn on, so I went out and bought a larger one, 22" for just over £100. I know it's not great, but when I get a better one this will make a nice second monitor.

It's a Hanns HG221A

Anyway, my last monitor had a DVI-D connection but this one doesn't, just a Sub D connection and VGA cable.

Anyone know what the advantage is with having a a DVI-D ?

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2/10/2009 11:37:09 AM (last edit: 2/10/2009 11:37:09 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
DVI is digital, Sub-D isn't. DVI gives a perfect picture. Sub-D can suffer from interference. DVI is the best option, but you might not notice the difference between the two, depending on quality of components.

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2/10/2009 11:42:25 AM (last edit: 2/10/2009 11:42:25 AM)
show user profile  Cylon
Cheers Nik.

The image quality does look pretty good, better than my previous monitor, however this one has a higher resolution and better contrast ratio. Looks massive in my room too.

On my last monitor I had both the vga and dvi connections plugged in at the same time, can that cause damage ? As I've had to have this PC fixed three or four times over the years.

While we are on the subject, what is HDMI ? Is that for connecting to Blueray players etc ?...
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2/10/2009 11:56:17 AM (last edit: 2/10/2009 11:56:17 AM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I had a monitor plugged into DVI and D-sub at the same time for years. I use the VGA/DVI switch on the monitor to change between two PC's. It's been working for years.

HDMI is like digital CO-AX, for connecting DVD-TV-BluRay, etc. HDMI can be simply converted to DVI, and the other way round. My laptop has HDMI out (I haven't got an HDMI TV though).

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2/10/2009 12:04:18 PM (last edit: 2/10/2009 12:04:18 PM)
show user profile  Cylon
Cheers Nik.

I'm starting to think maybe I should have looked into this more before I purchased it. Do you notice much difference when you change from VGA to DVI ?
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2/10/2009 1:00:40 PM (last edit: 2/10/2009 1:00:40 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
I have had two identical monitors side by side, and I could tell the difference, but other than shielding from EMI, the difference was minimal. On a larger monitor like a 22 inch, the difference may be more pronounced. My experience was with two 17 inch models.

It's hard to tell how different yours would look.

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2/10/2009 1:08:32 PM (last edit: 2/10/2009 1:08:32 PM)
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