I need some HELP...! with a major problem dealing with video cards and monitors.


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My Place

Hi,

Here's the problem. I just bought from TigerDirect a refurbished
Gateway computer - great power, just like I wanted, until I got it in
last night. When I got to the plugging my old monitor in, a VGA, it
was capped off with a plastic cap and tape saying"Do Not Use." So, I
called a friend of mine who is a MicroSoft Beta tester, has a call in
2 hour radio program every Saturday (for 13+ years now) on our local
station that reaches out about 400 miles. Anyway, after a rather
short discussion, he describes a DVI connection , and BINGO, that's
what I have.

Does anyone know of a work around so I can keep my monitor, like
putting a different video card in? I really don't like the idea of
going to a flat screen. I have one PCI slot open, really two, cause I
can remove the modem, since I'm on cable.

This computer has a TV Tuner card in it which I really wanted, not to
watch TV on, but to record a lot of programs I have on VHS as well as
some documentaries, and put these to DVD.

I sent Gateway support an email last night, and here it is, 11:25
P.M., and no reply yet.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks a million.
 
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Andrew Barss

My wrote:

: Hi,

: Here's the problem. I just bought from TigerDirect a refurbished
: Gateway computer - great power, just like I wanted, until I got it in
: last night. When I got to the plugging my old monitor in, a VGA, it
: was capped off with a plastic cap and tape saying"Do Not Use." So, I
: called a friend of mine who is a MicroSoft Beta tester, has a call in
: 2 hour radio program every Saturday (for 13+ years now) on our local
: station that reaches out about 400 miles. Anyway, after a rather
: short discussion, he describes a DVI connection , and BINGO, that's
: what I have.



If I understand you correctly, your new computer has a DVI output,
and the monitor has a VGA input, correct?

You can buy a DVI-to-VGA adapter that should do the trick. Apple sells one for $19:

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wa/RSLID?mco=7E4EB91E&nplm=M8754G/A


I've used it to connect a Macbook (DVI output only) to a
campus VGA projector, and it worked fine.

You can probably get one of these things also from Tiger Direct, Amazon,
or maybe a local joint.


Hope that helps --


Andy Barss
 

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