VGA Port Living on Borrowed Time

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SuperiorBeing

My only spare monitor is an aging but still entirely usable Dell CRT, and it only accepts VGA input. Luckily my new laptop has a VGA port, right next to the HDMI. CRTs may not be sexy, but they're pretty nice monitors still.

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fellowleo

Well... the only good thing I have to say about VGA is that a VGA port is a VGA port is a VGA port...

I remember when there were several flavors of the DVI port and not all DVI cables went with all DVI ports and you HAD to have the right cable. Maybe it's all sorted out by now.

There was even a time where the DVI port supported VGA monitors and you needed an adapter cable between the two. I hope this all got sorted out by now...

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Mighty BOB!

Even my ancient Dell monitor from 2002 has a DVI port.  Who still has VGA as their only available connector?

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ShyLinuxGuy

Yes, PS/2 needs to go...it's antiquated, and most people don't know it began on IBM's original PS/2 systems back in the late 80s (???) - a few years before I was born. PS/2 is a pointless technology, and I've had fried my share of motherboards because of it (they can't be unplugged/plugged in once the system is on). I think I'll retract my comment about wanting VGA going--I didn't really say I wanted it to go, but I said I just simply didn't care what was here. Well, VGA is a good workhorse, and you can get a decent VGA LCD for a song (about $150 or less). Some technologies should stay (such as optical drives, mechanical disk drives (for reasons of capacity and affordability), yet others should go...ummm...INKJET PRINTERS!!! (Laser printers rule!)

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fellowleo

About bloody time...

Now when do you think they will finally get rid of the PS/2 port? Isn't native USB keyboard and mouse support been around long enough to kill this thing?

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deadsenator

I have a whole range of systems. My prime box, uses a dual-DVI input for two monitors, while one of them doubles up as a spare laptop monitor through its VGA interface. VGA still has its uses. I have another system with a Matrox TripleHead2Go via VGA. Works great. One of the monitors doubles as a gaming box via the DVI port. Another monitor is for guest/test systems and has a DVI-HDMI cable and a VGA cable attached for various situations. BTW, most of these monitors are not very old. I won't be replacing them anytime soon.

Am I the only one who uses just about every input on a monitor? I also still use floppy disks for the occasional firmware update or HDD Regen tool.

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Cache

At the rate these legacy systems retire, does that mean FireWire will officially go away in late 2025?  Frankly, VGA is old and outdated--if people insist on using it, they can buy an adapter for HDMI and DVI cables. 

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ShyLinuxGuy

I'm not picky whether my monitor interfaces with a DVI, HDMI or VGA connection. However, I am picky on how flimsy the DVI/VGA ports (among other ports) are on a lot of newer motherboards. I mean, I just set up a new Dell for my aunt and the VGA connector felt very flimsy. Didn't bother calling to complain, because it seems like they are all like that. It'd be better to just have a cable coming off the board to the connector (fastened to the i/o shield or case) for more stability, like the way some parallel and SCSI ports were situated in older machines (not attached directly to card or mobo).

Anyways, I don't see that much difference in quality, so either/or can stick around.

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praetor_alpha

I recognized that DVI was the better connection since a long time ago. Then when I got a monitor (24") that had a DVI plug on it (along with VGA and HDMI), I saw the difference. I don't see any diff between DVI and HDMI, and from a technical standpoint, I do not see why there would be. I expect the same with DisplayPort.

Now I can't wait for my 2 year old video card to get back from RMA so I can stop using VGA, fuzzy text, and Intel graphics. *shiver* *vomit*

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Caboose

"I don't see any diff between DVI and HDMI..."

That's because the two are practically identicle. Only main difference is the connector (I said MAIN difference, there are others as well for all you who will harp on me).

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praetor_alpha

I know. I also added (the part you omitted)

"and from a technical standpoint, I do not see why there would be."

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Neufeldt2002

Bye-bye, don't slam the door on the way out.

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Mechayoshi

I'm currantly using a monitor with both vga and DVI. We originally use vga because I never had a DVI cable. I was always having problems with the monitor, even when we got a Geforce gtx 460.

 

However, once we finally got a DVI  cable, the monitors never looked better and all of my screen resolution problems left.

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dracx619

brings up another point of discussionn...what do you guys think is next to go?

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Caboose

"brings up another point of discussionn...what do you guys think is next to go?"

DVI is next on the chopping blog, and DisplayPort and HDMI will battle it out.

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Pball1224

I'm still using a VGA port with a 19in CRT screen on my primary computer that I built just 2 years ago. Two reasons behind this: 1) my CRT still works great, so I can't justify throwing it away just to switch to a flat panel, since it's on a corner desk, and the switch wouldn't gain me any more deskspace anyway, and 2) because I do photography work and a flat panel capable of appropriate color reproduction easily run above $600.

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RtDK

Well, I use VGA currently. I never noticed a difference between it and DVI. Haven't bothered with HDMI yet because I'm just not impressed by the price-to-performance ratio increase. I just don't see a reason for it other than bragging rights maybe.

Will I miss VGA though? No, not really. It's just a port type. It's not something worth missing. If DVI/HDMI/whatever is next offers higher resolution, and I can afford a monitor and GPU to support it, I'll ditch the old standard without a second thought. See, I don't hold any romantic attachment to the concept of, "the good 'ol boys" or whatever. I stick with what works, and if something works better, and I can afford it, then I go with the better, newer deal.

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Caboose

"I'm just not impressed by the price-to-performance ratio increase"

This isn't a CPU or GPU. HDMI/DVI/DisplayPort offer a much larger bandwidth compared to VGA, resulting in higher resolutions, plus the addition of security as well as adding in a multi-channel audio track. Not something that you can do (or do easily) with VGA.

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aaronj2906

DVI has an adapter that will convert it to DE-15 for hardware that need it.

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