I have a Dell 8300 with an NVidia GeForce FX 5200 card that is connected to a (Dell-branded) 19" Flat Panel display (1901FP).
This came with 2 cables: one with blue ends, which I think is analog, and one with white ends, which is DVI or something (digital, I assume). I have ports for both on both the card and the monitor.
Which one is best for a single-display setup? Why? The monitor was packed with the analog cable attached, yet a note elsewhere in Dell's knowledge base said that for its 15" FP display, digital is the way to go? Huh?!?
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The digital has better quality. Here are the cable connections for this monitor that may help you out.
|Note: If your PC does not support the connection for the "digital DVI-D" video cable then it can remain unconnected or it can be removed from the back of the monitor. This will not affect the performance of the monitor.|
|Note: For USB peripherals already connected to your computer, changing the USB connection to your monitor is not necessary.|
Thanks. Connections were obvious (I like your having color-coded connectors and sockets).
I got different info from Dell's tech support; the fellow said there was no difference for a single monitor, and that one would use the two cables if one wanted to connect a TV (his words, honest!) to the computer.
Suggestion: Ship the monitor with the digital cable attached instead of the analog one to indicate Dell's suggested hookup;
and put in the instruction page (packed w/ monitor) the statement "Digital is better" or some such thing. And perhaps straighten out your techies.