Difference between DVI and DVI-D?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by LostSoul80, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. LostSoul80 macrumors 68020

    LostSoul80

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    I'm going to buy a monitor to hook up to an iMac old generation (white one).
    Now, from what I see from the specs monitors can have either a DVI or DVI-D.
    I think they are exactly the same, but can't find clear statements of this.
    Where's the difference, if there's one?

    Thank you
     
  2. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    Google DVI vs DVI-D, lots of easy to read hits
     
  3. LostSoul80 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Already tried, but the comparison is between DVI-I and DVI-D.
     
  4. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    That is the difference. There is no 'plain' DVI, it's either DVI-D or DVI-I (or DVI-A...).
     
  5. LostSoul80, Jul 29, 2011
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    LostSoul80 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you.
    So I guess Apple's Mini-DVI to DVI adapter is, to be precise, a Mini-DVI to DVI-I. Correct?

    Edit: In that case, can I use it to connect to a DVI-D screen?
     
  6. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    It's actually a Mini-DVI to DVI-D adapter. The DVI-I (or DVI-A) contains extra pins that carry an analogue signal (the A in DVI-A). That cable has no such spot for those extra pins. You can only connect it to a DVI-D monitor.

    Here's an image for reference. It shows the physical difference between the two.
     
  7. LostSoul80 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thank you for your help. :)

    I just don't understand why many sellers don't specify which DVI- is.
     

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