New PC Monitor Question

Discussion in 'Computer Peripherals & Consumables' started by aet3, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. aet3

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    Hi Folks
    I have just bought a new monitor from John Lewis.
    HP 2211X - Full HD Monitor.
    I have never had such poor sales help in my life.
    When I was purchasing the Monitor I noticed there were TWO leads going from the back - One Black and One White, as well as the Power Cable
    "Why the two Leads I asked" ?
    I was told so I have a choice !!!!
    What choice I asked ??
    It makes no difference it is up to you which one you use !!!!!
    No matter how I asked the question, I just could not get an answer.
    Does anybody know:
    1) Why two Leads (Black & White going to the computer).
    2) Which one should I use ??
    3) Do I need both leads connected as I don't think I have two connections on my computer ??
    Sorry if these questions sound daft, but I am so furious at the attitude of the sales person. I have lodged a complaint with the Manager of the department.
    Thanks for any help.
    Cheers.
     
  2. Greg Hook

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    To be fair they were right. You can use both and perhaps they could have explained what they were a little better. Although I'm guessing they probably didn't know!

    I would think they had both the VGA and DVI connected. You probably won't find a VGA connection on your graphics card (if you have a modern one), I'd prefer to use the DVI if you have it. Both will do though.
     
  3. aet3

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    Thank You for your quick response.
    You are right - They didn't know !!!!
    I have just bought a new computer, so I will only use the DVI cable then.
    Cheers.
     
  4. lugsy

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    Is a dvi better than hdmi, looking around for a good spec monitor and wondered?
     
  5. MarkE19

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    DVI is more commonly a PC connection and HDMI for a TV.

    However they both carry the same digital video signal, just that DVI does not have audio. But HDMI is becoming more common on PC graphics cards, so the above is becoming less specific. DVI can also carry the VGA analogue video signal, but generally a monitor would have a digital only DVI input.

    Mark.
     
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    Thanks for that, makes sense now, most monitors I have looked at have dvi (no speakers) hdmi (speakers), thanks.:)
     

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