Graphics card manufacturers are quickly moving away from including analogue VGA (Video Graphics Array) monitor connections on their cards. Though they are still included with some less expensive cards, most video/graphics cards now come only with digital DVI and HDMI connections. If you own a VGA-only monitor and have a newer graphics card without a VGA connection, it may seem the only thing to do is buy a new monitor or downgrade your graphics card. However, there is an inexpensive way to use your VGA monitor with a computer that doesn't have a VGA connection.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- USB-to-VGA adaptor
Visit an online retailer (because of low demand, this adaptor is not usually available in walk-in stores) such as Newegg.com (see References below) and purchase a USB-to-VGA adaptor cable.
Insert the USB end of your adaptor cable into a free USB port in your computer (computer can be on or off).
Insert the VGA end of your adaptor cable into your monitor (or other VGA device) and finger-tighten the plastic screws until snug (monitor should be off).
Turn on your monitor and computer (if necessary). A message should pop up on your computer screen saying your monitor has been recognised. You have now successfully converted your USB port into VGA.
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