Product ID: DVIVGAMM3
This 3ft DVI to VGA Monitor Cable features a DVI (analog) male connector and a VGA (High Density D-Sub) male connector, providing a cost-effective way to connect an analog or dual mode Flat Panel Display to a PC or Mac computer with a DVI Analog Video Card .
Expertly designed and constructed of only high quality materials, the 3ft DVI to VGA Monitor cable is backed by StarTech.com's Lifetime Warranty.
|Connector(s)||1 - Connector A||DVI-A (17 pin)|
|1 - Connector B||VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub)|
|Hardware||Active or Passive Adapter||Passive|
|Packaging Information||Package Height||1.3 in [34 mm]|
|Package Length||8.7 in [22 cm]|
|Shipping (Package) Weight||4.8 oz [137 g]|
|Package Width||7.9 in [20 cm]|
|Physical Characteristics||Weight of Product||4.5 oz [128 g]|
|Wire Gauge||28 AWG|
|Cable Length||3.0 ft [0.9 m]|
|Product Length||3.0 ft [0.9 m]|
|What's in the Box||1 - Included in Package||3 ft DVI to VGA Display Monitor Cable|
When you troubleshoot issues with a DVI cable, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:
To test your setup components, try the following:
Use the DVI cable, video source, and video destination in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.
Use a different DVI cable, video source, and video destination in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.
When you test the video cables, video source, and video destination, it is recommended that you do the following:
Make sure that you are using the correct type of DVI cable. For more information about DVI cables, see the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/video_signal_converters_dvi_interface.
Verify that the source resolution matches the video source destination capabilities. For example, if the destination or DVI cable is only capable of 1920 x 1080, then the source cannot output 2560 x 1600, as that exceeds the capabilities of the destination or DVI cable.
Test your setup components using a lower resolution or a lower refresh rate, for example, 1024 x 768.
Note: Single Link DVI cables are only capable of resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. In order to obtain a resolution of 2560 x 1600, you will need to use a Dual Link DVI cable. For more information, see the FAQ link listed above.
You should only use video converters and extenders if it is absolutely necessary to do so. In many cases, most video converters and extenders are not necessary if you purchase the correct cable.
The following table lists the maximum length of cable for common video standards.
|Video standard||Maximum length|
|DisplayPort||50 ft. (15.2m)|
|HDMI||50 ft. (15.2m)|
|DVI||50 ft. (15.2m)|
|VGA||200 ft. (71m)|
Note: StarTech.com offers cables longer than what is listed above, including active cables, which typically include built-in active signal boosters that allow for longer cables. Active cables are specifically designed to exceed the suggested maximum lengths and are tested at the listed specifications (for example, the maximum listed resolution).
Video adapters passively adapt a cable from one connector type to another. Video adapters do not change the signal type, or change the video standard.
Examples of common applications for adapters include the following:
DVI-I to VGA
RCA to BNC
Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort
Couplers (female to female, or male to male)
Note: You can use a coupler to extend a cable for a short distance. However, each coupler that you use can introduce signal loss, which degrades the signal quality.
Video converters actively process and change the signal type from one video standard and convert it to another standard. They are typically used to convert digital to analog and vice versa, but can be used to convert a digital signal to another digital video standard (for example, HDMI to DisplayPort).
Video converters work over short distances from the source to the destination: up to 15 feet or 3 meters.
Video extenders convert an input signal to a higher voltage for transmission over longer distances and then convert the input signal back to the original video standard. The input and the output signal will match on a video extender, as the same video standard is maintained end-to-end. If a cable is extended with adapters or converters, the signal quality degrades.
Note: For more information on using a video adapter or converter with a video extender, see the following FAQ: http://www.startech.com/faq/video_signal_converters_convert_then_extend.
This is a passive video signal converter.
A passive video signal converter changes the type of connection that is being used but does not change the signal that passes through the converter. Because the video signal is not modified, passive converters tend to be smaller, simpler, and less expensive than active video signal converters. Examples of passive converters include DVI-I to VGA, HDMI to DVI, and DisplayPort to Mini-DisplayPort converters.
An active video signal converter modifies both the type of connection that is being used and the signal that passes through the converter. Because this type of conversion can be complex, active converters tend to be larger than passive video signal converters and sometimes require additional power. Examples of active converters include DVI-D to VGA, HDMI to DisplayPort, and VGA to HDMI converters.
For more information about passive and active DisplayPort video signal converters, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/DisplayPort_Converter_DP_Multi_Mode.
For more information about which type of video signal converter you should use when you convert video signals with an MST hub, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/mst_hubs_passive_vs_active_adapters.
Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is a video display interface that can contain different types of signaling, based on the application. DVI cables and ports are created using different connector types to identify what application they are intended to be used in. The connector types are identified by the number of pins on the DVI connector. DVI comes in the following five different connector types:
Single and Dual link DVI indicate the maximum resolution capabilities of the video source or video destination. The maximum resolutions are Single Link (1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz) and Dual Link (2560 x 1600 @ 60Hz).
Note: The maximum resolution of your video source and video destination are ultimately determined by the technical specifications of the devices. The connector type is not a definitive indicator of the maximum resolution.
DVI-A carries only analog (for example, VGA) with no digital component. DVI-D carries only digital video (for example, HDMI) with no analog component. DVI-I combines DVI-A and DVI-D connections to include both analog and digital components. A DVI-I port may be on either your video source or display, but whether or not a display carries either or both analog and digital sources depends on the technical specifications of your device.