VGA to workstation monitor FAQ
Copyright 1997,1998,1999,2000 Tomi Engdahl
This FAQ tries to cover the details you should know when you try to connect your PC to a monitor kanen from old workstation. Old workstation monitors are sometimes available very cheaply (maybe for free) and they can seem to be an attractive alternative to normal PC monitor because they would allow you to get a big picture quite cheaply. The downside is that most workstation monitors don't work well as general purpose PC monitor and the quality of those monitors might not be the best (because of old technology and because they are typically near the end of their useful life). The tips given in this FAQ can also be used when connecting PC to video projectors etc. which are designed to be used with workstations. To be able to use the information in this document you must have a basic knowledge on electronics, computer video monitor operation and how ot configure your video card screen modes.
NOTE: Anyone undertaking this project does so at there own risk. I take no responsibility for any damage to equipment or personal injuries resulting from attempting this project.
- Basic questions
- Making the connection to VGA card
- VGA to 5 BNC connectors
- VGA to 4 BNC connectors
- VGA to 3 BNC connectors
- VGA to 13W3 connector
- VGA to Apple
- VGA to coin-up monitor connector
- VGA to mono monitor
- VGA to LCD monitor
- VGA to HDTV display
- VGA to coin-up videogame monitor
- VGA to CGA monitor
- VGA monitor to monitor with TTL level RGB inputs
- VGA to monitors with ECL inputs
- Configuring your operating system
- Video timing details revealed
- Troubleshooting tips for VGA to RGB monitor connection and configuaration
- Screen timing calculator and configuration file generator
- Other related FAQs
- Monitor interfacing project pages
- Connecting other sources than VGA card to PC monitor
- SCART RGB interfacing to video projectors
- Video and monitor terms
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Off-line readable version
Due the requests form the readers there is now an off-line readable version of thi FAQ also available. Click here to download this FAQ in one zip file.
Tomi Engdahl <Tomi.Engdahl@iki.fi>