Which is better: Mini DVI to VGA or Mini DVI to DVI adapter ?

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  1. cudo macrumors regular

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    hi, i just ordered my Dell 22" Screen and now I am checking on what cable I should get to have it hooked up to my Macbook (white) with Mini DVI port.

    In Apple Store there are two cables which I guess can be used:
    Mini DVI to VGA or DVI to DVI cable. Since the screen I have got both of them I am wondering which is better and why ?

    Thanks in advance,
    Cudo
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Mini DVI to DVI preserves the digital signal. Use it.
     
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    DVI (digital visual interface) is a digital signal, so it will produce a sharper image.
    VGA (video graphics array) is an analog signal, which means the image may be more blurry. It also means a digital signal sent by the graphics card must be converted into analog for the connection, then back into digital when it gets to the display, resulting in a loss of quality.
     
  4. cudo thread starter macrumors regular

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    DVI to DVI way to go

    Thank you for your input. I am goign to get DVI to DVI cable .

    Cudo

    edit:

    Actually, one more thing. Is it gonna to be ok the MacBook port is DVI and my Dell conector is DVI-D , is it ok ?
     
  5. beeba macrumors newbie

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    yes, the mini-DVI is a DVI-D output, not DVI-I (which would include the analog signals also).

    for this particular use the DVI adapter is better. However, for maximal flexibility if you give presentations etc, i'd suggest the VGA adapter as well. DVI-capable projectors exist, but are not yet as common as the ordinary VGA kind.
     
  6. avalys macrumors 6502

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    Your MacBook port supports DVI-D as well. DVI is the general term.
     

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