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Paul3637
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Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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My Dimension 660 Win7 with I5 processor arrived two days ago and I was STUNNED that there was no DVI output.   Only VGA (analog) and HDMI. 

My DELL ultrasharp 2208WFP ($350 in 2008) monitor put out an almost HD qualtiy display when connected through my old Inspiron 530's DVI output.  That monitor has no HDMI input however.

I connected my Monitor to the VGA output and the display on the screen was horrible as you can imagine.

I called Dell support TWICE and could not get a straight answer from either technician ...... I am not sure they could even understand the problem.  I google searched it and couldn't find a solution on point.

I went up to radioshack and neither of the two sales people had an answer.

Then I studied the situation a bit and realized ......... If only they made an adapter with female DVI and male HDMI to plug into the HDMI slot on the computer ........ that would solve the problem.

So .. I drove back to the same radioshack that said they had no solution ...... and low and behold ....... Adapter with female DVI and Male HDMI.

Monitor display is now fantastic.

I am posting this to help others with this problem since DELL tech support was virtually useless for me TWICE. 

 

 

 

 

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Mary G
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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HDMI is the same as DVI. Buy a HDMI to DVI cable for about $7 at Amazon or another online retailer and you will get the highest quality picture your video card will support.

Paul3637
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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Yes ........ you are correct.  I paid the usual ripoff price for the adapter at Radioshack $30.  I would say I feel like an idiot ..... but how come two different DELL techs couldn't help me..  Probably because I could tell neither of them could speak English.  

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wen hao
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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Try to you a new graphic card

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KirkD
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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For the record, when you need to contact Dell for technical help, use the CHAT function instead of the phone. All educated Indians are proficient in English, but have problems with speech clarity. They do well in typed communication.

XPS M1530, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Inspiron E1705, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Dimension 9100, Win 10 AU Pro 32 bit
Inspiron 660, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Inspiron 3668, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 10 CU 32 bit

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rdunnill
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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My Dimension 660 Win7 with I5 processor arrived two days ago and I was STUNNED that there was no DVI output.   Only VGA (analog) and HDMI. 

You're seeing this on third-party mainboards, too. I suppose it costs more and adds complexity to provide the extra connector, so more and more, it's being omitted.

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KirkD
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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The D660 video upgrade option Nvidia GT 620 has VGA, HDMI and DVI. As stated earlier, a DVI to HDMI adaptor is about $4 from Amazon. Many HD monitors do not have HDMI connections and many computers do not have DVI. Go figure!!!

XPS M1530, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Inspiron E1705, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Dimension 9100, Win 10 AU Pro 32 bit
Inspiron 660, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Inspiron 3668, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 10 CU 32 bit

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rdunnill
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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Most PC components are made offshore or nearshore. That includes Apple, which contracts much of its manufacturing to Foxconn in China.

If you want a DVI port, you can buy a third party video card like a Sapphire 6450 for $40 or so.

Paul3637
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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I just hope that the same problem I had could be resolved by making the right google search. In the end what we have learned is that DELL won't warn you that your high end monitor won't work with current DELL configuation, even though they had that information and it would just take a $10 upgrade in cable.

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KirkD
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Re: Inspiron 660 has no DVI output so high quality (ie) ultrasharp monitors won't work properly. SOLUTION

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There is no difference in picture quality between DVI and HDMI. Both are DIGITAL, so the same signals go to the monitor. HDMI also supplies audio so you don't need the extra audio cables.

XPS M1530, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Inspiron E1705, Win 10 CU Pro 32-bit
Dimension 9100, Win 10 AU Pro 32 bit
Inspiron 660, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Inspiron 3668, Win 10 CU 64 bit
Asus T100 Tablet, Windows 10 CU 32 bit