What are the different types of monitor cables?
DVI Cables: DVI Stands for Digital Video Interface and is the most common way of creating a digital connection for a monitor. DVI cables can have up to 24 pins for a digital signal and four more for an analog signal. DVI cables come in either DVI Single Link form or DVI Dual Link form, which can support a resolution up to 2560x1600.
HDMI Cables: HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. Originally, HDMI cables were only used to connect LCD TVs and other home theater equipment. More recently however, HDMI is being used more in the computer industry.
HDMI cables can be used for anything that call for a DVI cable, but have the advantage of being able to also carry digital audio at the same time.
DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort Cables: The cables deliver the same digital connection and resolution as DVI and HDMI cables, but are generally used with Apple products, including the iMac, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini.
Because of the low compatibility to many monitors, these cables are less commonly made, and adapters are commonly available and are used to convert a DisplayPort signal into DVI or HDMI.
USB Cables: A main display monitors is not generally connected with a USB cable, but manufacturers have recently begun building monitors that are USB ?enabled and can be used as a secondary display.
Because USB cables have a limited bandwidth, USB monitors cannot display high resolutions and are limited to 1024x768.
What cables should I have to connect my PC to my monitor?
The term ?DVI? stands for Digital Visual Interface, and provides a digital connection that is standard for computers and projectors. It can carry an uncompressed digital video signal, and is even able to carry an analog signal at the same time. DVI cables usually have two male ends, which plug into identical sockets on the PC and the monitor, and can be disconnected from your monitor. DVI cables often have white connectors.
The term ?VGA? stands for Video Graphics Array. VGA cables are for analog monitors (analog monitors are cab be either older CRT monitors or the newer flat-panel displays). A VGA cable at is often hard-wired into your monitor, and cannot be unplugged. The end that will plug into your PC is a male, 15-pin "D-sub" plug, and the pins are in 3 rows of 5.
The term ?S-VGA? stands for Super VGA, and is the current, extended version of the original VGA. VGA and S-VGA cables usually have black or blue connectors.
Some monitors have additional connections to the PC for other reasons, like extra speakers or extra USB ports for your mouse, keyboard or flash drive.