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Splitting a VGA output

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by tdenson, Jul 28, 2005.

  1. tdenson

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    I have just ordered a Samsung 32" LCD and am interested in conecting my PC to it as an alternative display to the LCD monitor attached to the PC. As I see it there are 3 posible technologies to achieve this -

    1. A simple monitor splitting "Y" cable
    2. A VGA switch box
    3. An active VGA splitter

    I assume that option 1 will gove the worst quality, but what about options 2 and 3, which will give the better quality ?
     
  2. Matt TRD

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    Hasn't it got a DVI connection as well?
     
  3. tdenson

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    That would assume I have DVI output on my PC
     
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    Well depending on whether you have a second output on your PC or not, then the Y Splitter or Active splitter would do the job.

    The active splitter should eliminate any issues of signal degradation if there are any at all
     
  5. DaveP

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    Buy a new card!

    You'll get a far better picture with a greater choice of resolutions if you use DVI.

    Dave
     
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    Is it an LE32R41 or LE32R51 model ? If it is then dont buy another graphics card, connect to it with a decent VGA-VGA cable. This set produces one of, if not the best VGA picture thats ever been seen & automatically adds 1366x768 to your windows properties.

    I have the 51 model & will soon be buying a VGA Switchbox so that my Sega Dreamcast & HTPC can co-exist, I'm not gonna risk the splitter!

    :smashin:
     
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    When you connect a PC to two different kinds of monitor (or TV) you cannot use a splitter.
    You need to use a videocard with two separate outputs (either VGA or DVI depending on what you need for your monitors).
    The operating system will set the video parameters separately for these outputs.
    Alternatively you could use a switch or plug them in as required.
     
  8. tdenson

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    Doh ! I've just realised my PC graphics card has DVI out (it's a while since I installed it). Which DVI cable do I need to connect this to the Samsung - looking at suppliers there seems to be DVD-I and DVD-D ?
     

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