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There are many different types of video connections. This table will help you identify which connection your PC's monitor uses.


Name of Connection Image Description of Connection
DVI DVI stands for Digital Video Interface.

DVI is usually colour coded as white.

DVI is the digital standard for connecting monitors to PCs.

A DVI cable provides a higher quality signal than VGA cables.
VGA VGA stands for Video Graphics Array.

VGA is usually colour coded as blue.

VGA is the analog standard for connecting monitors to PCs.

A VGA cable should only be used if neither the monitor nor the PC have a DVI connector.
HDMI HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface.

HDMI ports look like USB ports but with two indented corners.

HDMI is the digital standard for many video devices.

It provides the same quality signal as DVI, but a HDMI can also provide a sound signal. However, this depends on the capabilities of the video card.
Display Port Display port is a new digital standard for connecting monitors to PCs.

Display ports usually look like USB ports with an angle on one corner.

Display port can provide a scalable digital display interface with optional audio and HDCP (High-Definition Content Protection) capability.

If both the PC and the monitor have a display port connector, then a Display Port cable should be used.




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