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What cables req? (Dsub / DVI) LCD for 2006 laptop (VGA/HDMI)

by BlueStarTexas / September 23, 2008 3:18 AM PDT

(I'm sure this question is very easy to answer for a more tech-savvy person than I; thanks in advance for reading!)

I am eyeing this Samsung T220 22" LCD
to display for my laptop, a HP dv9000 series 17" laptop with Vista.

But before I buy from newegg, I want to make sure I order the correct cables with it.
This Samsung LCD monitor has recepticles for both:
"D-sub" which looks to me (a not-so-tech-savvy person) like a standard VGA
and "DVI".

================ Here's my problem:
I have VGA and HDMI recepticles in this laptop, no DVI input.
I have read up on both VGA and DVI but I am still clueless. I dont understand the technical jargon. So I need some help:

From what I have read, I have 2 options: (correct me if wrong of course!)
(1.) Buy DVI/D-sub adaptor (and correct M/F cables) and hook it into my Laptops VGA from the monitor DVI.
(2.) Buy a VGA or D-sub cable and straightforwardly, D-sub monitor input to laptop VGA.

I want the best performance possible without spending a fortune on cables, cards, adaptors etc.

Primary use will be web-browsing, movie & TV watching and gaming.

Please help me out if you know!

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by Coryphaeus / September 23, 2008 3:47 AM PDT

D-sub/VGA = analog video, no sound.
DVI = digital video, no sound,

I've never seen a DVI to D-sub adapter because one is analog and one is digital. It'll take an analog to digital converter. Just connect the monitor to the laptop with the D-sub connector. You also need to make sure the native resolution of the monitor matches one of the resolutions of the laptop's graphics card. It probably does, but sometimes they don't.

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by Phil Crase / September 23, 2008 10:39 PM PDT

You can get DVI/VGA adapters but is pointless, just go standard VGA.

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