View Full Version : How to connect new 20" Screen to PC Laptop?

May 18, 2005, 08:38 PM

This is my first post here, so forgive me if I make a mistake...

I am trying to connect my new 20" Apple Screen to a PC Laptop (I know, I know, I did not want to either, but I need to do it for my business), but am running into problems...

I have tried to connect it using a DVI(Female) to VGA(Male) adapter, but the screen does not come up when connected...

I have tested the screen on my G5, and tested the laptop VGA plug on another PC monitor, and they both work fine...

Is this even possible to do, or am I just living a pipe dream?

Any advice would be extremely helpful...

Thanks in Advance!


Sun Baked
May 18, 2005, 09:14 PM
If you paid about $20 for the adapter it won't work, you need a signal convertor that translates a analog signal into a digital one, something like...


Or one that's a slightly less expensive box without the ADC power supply for VGA-to-DVI -- and you need to make sure it will work at the LCDs resolutions.

So it'll likely be a $100 or more electronic box.

May 18, 2005, 09:21 PM
Can't be done without this (http://www.gefen.com/kvm/product.jsp?prod_id=1435) type of device at $799, or maybe one of these (http://www.villagetronic.com/e_pr_vtbook.html) at $250

May 18, 2005, 10:11 PM
Thanks for the info...I was afraid of that....

One more question, if you don't mind...

Is there any way to get a DVI card for the laptop to plug directly into it?

Thanks again!


May 18, 2005, 10:58 PM
I have a VGA Tibook and looked into this awhile back. The only option I could find for a powerbook was the VTBook 32mb card that uses the pc card slot or the external box.

If you have a windows laptop, there might be a way, but would think it would be difficult for no other reason then the vga and dvi ports use different size openings in the laptop case.