DVI, DVI-D, HDMI confusion

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MrFusion, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. MrFusion macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2005
    I am a bit confused by all these new names for video cables.
    I have a macbook first generation, my boss has a Dell XPS 1330.
    We want to buy a screen for each of us.
    This seems to be a nice screen:
    Dell UltraSharp 1708FP 17-inch LCD-flatpanel

    But what kind of cables do we need? Will it work with the output?
    I have a mini-DVI on my macbook, and a cable to regular DVI.
    According to the Dell website, my boss has a HDMI port.
    And the screen has a DVI-D port.

    So will this screen work on our computers?

    I remember from my mac mini that the cable was slightly different from the cable I use on my macbook, forcing me to buy a new cable.
  2. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    HDMI can be converted to DVI with a simple adapter.
  3. appie57 macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2006
    DVI is only video signal, both analog and digital. There is DVI-I and DVI-D, I think the mac (and most graphic cards) have a DVI-I port. HDMI is digital video + digital audio. So, no problem connecting a DVI to a HDMI port with an appropriate cable. If you need audio, use a separate cable from your headphones port to whatever is needed (often 2 RCA plugs) .

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