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1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't work but I don't see how it could anyway, 11 Feb. 2014
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This review is from: SODIAL(R) Male DVI-D to Female VGA Adapter (DVI 24+1 Pin) (Electronics)
I bought these in a rush and paid (a small amount) for my mistake.

The problem is that they are described as DVD-D where the 'D' stands for 'Digital'. Except VGA monitors are, by their very nature, not digital they are analogue. So you cannot connect a digital signal to an analogue monitor no matter what this adapter is doing with the cables inside.

The only cable or adapter that would work is a DVD-I, which includes all the pins this adapter has PLUS 4 more surrounding the flat blade. Those 4 pins contain the analogue signal and hence *could* work with a VGA monitor if the graphics card has that capability.

The description states "This is just an adapter, the function is supported by the Graphic card, not the adapter, so read your user manual carefully to make sure it..." - but no graphics card that I know of could output an analogue signal down a DVD-D cable.

So, I'm not sure whether my brain's got its wires crossed or this adapter has - I'm pretty sure it's the latter, so no stars for this product I'm afraid. If anyone knows any different please leave a comment on this review.

As they were cheap (but didn't make me feel cheerful) I just kept them as a curiosity.

Don't buy these unless you understand the different pin-outs for DVI-I and DVI-D (and possibly DVI-A which is rare these days).

Not recommended, sorry.

PS If you were hoping to connect this adapter the other way around (ie VGA in from your PC and DVI out to your monitor) then stop right now. That won't ever work either. It would be cheaper to replace the graphics card in your PC (for about £20) that would give you a proper DVI signal rather than put it through some VGA to DVI active conversion box.

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