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dira24
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XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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I just got the Dell XPS 8930. It has 1 HDMI port, 1 DisplayPort and a couple of USB ports.

I have two Dell E2414H screens which I want to connect - they only have VGA ports in the back.

How do I connect them so that they are used as extended screens together?

 

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Bill Settle
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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@dira24, VGA is analog where as DVI is digital so DVI will give you "better" quality signal depending on components.  However, the monitors you have are only 1920x1280 @ 60Hz so I doubt you would ever be able to tell a difference between the DVI or VGA inputs on your monitors if you are using short, 3-6' cables.  I never have seen a difference on a 1280p monitor with VGA or DVI.  Once you get higher resolution monitors with faster refresh rates, a DVI/Display port will make a difference.  YMMV.

Also, your 8930 has 1 HDMI port and 1 DP port so you will need a different converter/cable for each monitor.  You will not convert both to HDMI.  You will convert one to HDMI and the other to DP.

One monitor will be from the DP port out of the 8930 to your 1st monitor as VGA or DVI (your choice).

The second monitor will be connected from the HDMI port out of the 8930 to your second monitor as VGA or DVI (again, your choice).


My XPS 8930 SE Details:
- i9 9900K
- Windows 10 Pro
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB GDDR6
- 64GB Crucial RAM (CT16G4DFD8266)
- 2TB Evo Plus NVMe SSD (3500 MB/s Read)
- 2, 16TB Seagate Exos Drives
   using Windows RAID 1 config for fault tolerance, not Backup
- Wireless:Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
- 850 Watt OEM Power Supply
- Driving 5 displays: 3, Dell U2518D @2560x1440, 50" Samsung TV @4K and a Samsung monitor @1920x1280

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Bill Settle
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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You will have to use an adapter/cable but easy enough.  Search for HDMI to VGA and Display Port to VGA adapters.  Amazon has a lot of choices.  For example, I use this one on an old VGA Samsung monitor with my Dell... DP to VGA Cable 


My XPS 8930 SE Details:
- i9 9900K
- Windows 10 Pro
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB GDDR6
- 64GB Crucial RAM (CT16G4DFD8266)
- 2TB Evo Plus NVMe SSD (3500 MB/s Read)
- 2, 16TB Seagate Exos Drives
   using Windows RAID 1 config for fault tolerance, not Backup
- Wireless:Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
- 850 Watt OEM Power Supply
- Driving 5 displays: 3, Dell U2518D @2560x1440, 50" Samsung TV @4K and a Samsung monitor @1920x1280
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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Hi, dira24

I've responded to you via private message.


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Tesla1856
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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@dira24 wrote:

1. I just got the Dell XPS 8930. It has 1 HDMI port, 1 DisplayPort and a couple of USB ports.

2. I have two Dell E2414H screens which I want to connect - they only have VGA ports in the back.

 

 


1. Well, the proper way to do this is with a dedicated video card.

2. According to the Internet, they also have (digital) DVI ports. I suggest you use them (or try to convert to them).


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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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@dira24 According to the Setup Guide (https://downloads.dell.com/manuals/all-products/esuprt_electronics/esuprt_display_projector/esuprt_d...) , @Tesla1856 is correct, the Dell E2414H has both DVI and VGA video inputs. I also suggest you use DVI and not VGA.

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dira24
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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I do not have a dedicated video card as of now so that's not an option.

Is there a difference if I'm connecting/converting to HDMI if it's through a VGA or DVI?

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dira24
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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What would be the difference if I'm either way converting them both to HDMI?

 

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Bill Settle
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@dira24, VGA is analog where as DVI is digital so DVI will give you "better" quality signal depending on components.  However, the monitors you have are only 1920x1280 @ 60Hz so I doubt you would ever be able to tell a difference between the DVI or VGA inputs on your monitors if you are using short, 3-6' cables.  I never have seen a difference on a 1280p monitor with VGA or DVI.  Once you get higher resolution monitors with faster refresh rates, a DVI/Display port will make a difference.  YMMV.

Also, your 8930 has 1 HDMI port and 1 DP port so you will need a different converter/cable for each monitor.  You will not convert both to HDMI.  You will convert one to HDMI and the other to DP.

One monitor will be from the DP port out of the 8930 to your 1st monitor as VGA or DVI (your choice).

The second monitor will be connected from the HDMI port out of the 8930 to your second monitor as VGA or DVI (again, your choice).


My XPS 8930 SE Details:
- i9 9900K
- Windows 10 Pro
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB GDDR6
- 64GB Crucial RAM (CT16G4DFD8266)
- 2TB Evo Plus NVMe SSD (3500 MB/s Read)
- 2, 16TB Seagate Exos Drives
   using Windows RAID 1 config for fault tolerance, not Backup
- Wireless:Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
- 850 Watt OEM Power Supply
- Driving 5 displays: 3, Dell U2518D @2560x1440, 50" Samsung TV @4K and a Samsung monitor @1920x1280

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dira24
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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Understood.

Is there a HDMI or DP cable I can connect to the PC which would give me an extra port?

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Bill Settle
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Re: XPS 8930, with two E2414H

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No way to add an additional port without an adding a discrete video card.  However, the DP port allows you to daisy chain monitors from the same port so once you decide to buy new monitors that supports DP chaining, you will be able to daisy chain 2-3 monitors from the one DP port on the 8930 depending on the resolution desired.


My XPS 8930 SE Details:
- i9 9900K
- Windows 10 Pro
- AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT with 8GB GDDR6
- 64GB Crucial RAM (CT16G4DFD8266)
- 2TB Evo Plus NVMe SSD (3500 MB/s Read)
- 2, 16TB Seagate Exos Drives
   using Windows RAID 1 config for fault tolerance, not Backup
- Wireless:Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
- 850 Watt OEM Power Supply
- Driving 5 displays: 3, Dell U2518D @2560x1440, 50" Samsung TV @4K and a Samsung monitor @1920x1280
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