How to connect new 20" Screen to PC Laptop?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by BrooksWPhoto, May 18, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    #1
    Group,

    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!

    ~brooks
    www.BrooksWhittington.com
     
  2. macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    #2
    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...

    http://www.drbott.com/prod/db.lasso?code=0151-VGAT

    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.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

    #3
    Can't be done without this type of device at $799, or maybe one of these at $250
     
  4. macrumors newbie

    #4
    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!

    ~brooks
    www.BrooksWhittington.com
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    #5
    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.
     

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