My male to male VGA cable just came a few hours ago. Now I'm wondering: is it possible to use my LCD TV as the monitor without a video card? I can't really get it to work. Did I buy the wrong cable? The only time I've done this was on my old pc which had a vid card, so I use an HDMI cable to connect the LCD to the pc. Thanks.
Most LCD displays have a DVI and some an HDMI port. Which LCD display do you have, eg brand and model? If you have the option, it's always better to go DVI or HDMI vs VGA.
Morbid_Murder;4955266[...] is it possible to use my LCD TV as the monitor without a video card? [...]
You won't have any display without a video card (or chipset) ; actually your PC probably won't even boot without one. But you should be able to use a TV as a monitor, provided you have the right connectors or adapters, whether you have a 'real' video card or only a chipset with a video circuit.
Sorry this can be closed now. Wasn't sure how to edit the op.
Did abit of searching and lowered the screen refresh rate. Got it working but, the screen quality is horrible and not worth it. I'll be refunding this cable soon.
I actually missed the part about no video card, but obviously if you have none, you must at least have a GPU chipset as Jill mentioned on the motherboard if you're getting a picture at all.
Definitely ditch the VGA cable. If your MB has DVI, that's the way to go. Though you'll do even better to get a video card too if it has a slot for one.
there should be no difference between a VGA and DVI cable. Its not as big of a deal as people make it. I would say check online and see if there are drivers for your TV. You can usually unlock different resolutions if you find monitor-specific or in your case, tv-specific drivers.
kow_ciller;4956371Its not as big of a deal as people make it.
To the contrary, it is in fact a noticeable difference, esp on modern spec. Anyone with reasonable eyesight would be able to detect it immediately and many here and on forums like WideScreenGaming have mentioned they have and swear by DVI/HDMI being superior.
Then again, I am not at all surprised by your response Kow.
Well sir, do you have a LCD monitor with DVI/ VGA? While the picture is a little more crisp I stand by the fact that there isn't THAT much of a difference.
The point is, why use VGA since DVI is in fact crisper and there's a noticeable difference? I don't even know why you brought it up. Are you trying to confuse the person or help? Despite your smart ass reply about what I own, I've SEEN the difference they make on an LCD with my own eyes and yes it is a noticeable difference. For someone that often makes smug remarks about my spec being older, it's kind of odd you would talk about outdated VGA cables as if to imply he might as well use one if he happens to have one already, esp when DVI and HDMI cables can be had so affordably.
Im saying that it shouldn't cause any problems as far as screen quality, which is the problem he brought up in the first place.