LCD Flat Panel displays and DVI connectors...

Joel Mack

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Now that LCD flat panel displays are starting to get affordable, I'm considering saving my pennies for one.
I've got a VisionTek GeForce 3 card (which doesn't have a DVI connector). Does a flat panel display require a DVI connection, or is it just an optional-type thing? Will I be able to just use the standard VGA cable to connect them, or do I need to look into getting a DVI capable GF3 (like the LeadTek)?
Thanks!
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JasG

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Few, if any LCD displays REQUIRE a DVI connector. It is actually harder to find those that do support it.
DVI is the 'connector of the future', so if I were to buy an LCD today, I'd make sure it worked with both VGA (analog) and DVI (digital) connections.
DVI eliminates the need for the extra conversion to and from analog when using digital displays. Theoretically, a cleaner image.
 

Joseph S

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I've got a ADC/DVI based Apple 17" Studio Display. Although I needed an ADC->DVI connector for the HTPC. It works great with both the Mac and PC. One switch of the cable allows for me to share Monitor Keyboard and trackball as well.
Aren't the VGA/DVI combo displays analog only? (ref: the Compaq 15" on clearance recently) I thought all digital LCDs required DVI.
 

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