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using VGA to DisplayPort (Active) to another monitor, not working.

SebTH1
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Go to solution Solved by Glenwing,

Well first, the convention for talking about adapters is <source> to <display>. So an adapter for connecting your DP computer to your VGA display is a DP-to-VGA adapter, not VGA-to-DP. Most adapters only work in one direction, so proper terminology does matter.

 

Yes, "analog" is the input that you want.

 

It's probably a better idea to use a DisplayPort to DVI adapter instead. Not sure why the DP to VGA adapter wouldn't be working though.

 

So, I just bought an adapter from amazon, it says its active: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003V4TV8O/ref=oh_aui...

Windows can read the monitor, but nothing happens
my monitor has a source button and goes as follows:
1) Auto Detect (Digital)
2) Analog
3) Digital

 https://www.amazon.com/Dell-1908FP-UltraSharp-1280X1024... this is the monitor I'm trying to hook up

all 3 of these seem to do absolutely nothing.
I know the monitor works, because I used VGA->HDMI before, but I recently picked up an art tablet, that demands the HDMI port.(adapters will not work, Wacom tablets apparently knows this)
My main monitor uses DVI-D
So my only options are the 3 displayports

I assume Analog is the source I'd need to pick? cause adapting VGA etc

this monitor only supports VGA/DVI 
I have the VGA cable already so I bought the adapter. 
Im not sure what to do.

Minor notes: I'm on Windows 10
I'm using latest Nvidia drivers (just updated)

my GPU is a GTX 1060 6GB

My HDMI is taken by the wacom cintiq pro
My DVI-D is taken by my main monitor

All I have left are 3 Displayports as mentioned.

Anyone have any ideas?

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Well first, the convention for talking about adapters is <source> to <display>. So an adapter for connecting your DP computer to your VGA display is a DP-to-VGA adapter, not VGA-to-DP. Most adapters only work in one direction, so proper terminology does matter.

 

Yes, "analog" is the input that you want.

 

It's probably a better idea to use a DisplayPort to DVI adapter instead. Not sure why the DP to VGA adapter wouldn't be working though.

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15 minutes ago, Glenwing said:

Well first, the convention for talking about adapters is <source> to <display>. So an adapter for connecting your DP computer to your VGA display is a DP-to-VGA adapter, not VGA-to-DP. Most adapters only work in one direction, so proper terminology does matter.

 

Yes, "analog" is the input that you want.

 

It's probably a better idea to use a DisplayPort to DVI adapter instead. Not sure why the DP to VGA adapter wouldn't be working though.

So, funny story, I figured it out as soon as you replied.

Issue was the VGA cable itself was busted.
swapping with an older but not broken cable magically worked.

Don't you love when you reach out you figure it out?

but thank you for telling me about the terminology, I just wrote it in a panic/anger

 

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5 minutes ago, SebTH1 said:

So, funny story, I figured it out as soon as you replied.

Issue was the VGA cable itself was busted.
swapping with an older but not broken cable magically worked.

Don't you love when you reach out you figure it out?

but thank you for telling me about the terminology, I just wrote it in a panic/anger

 

Glad to hear :) may want to update your post on Tom's too :)

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