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DVI, HDMI, VGA, and DVI-M1 Connection Guide

The DVI cable standard is one of the most confusing "standards" on the market today. DVI (digital Video Interface) DVI comes in 5 different flavors. Some DVI connections (digital) are compatible with HDMI. Some are compatible with VGA.

If your SOURCE has this connection:
Ex: Cable box, satellite box, PC, or laptop video card
And your MONITOR, TV, or PROJECTOR has this connection:
Cable Required for connection:
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This is the most common DVI connection found on 99% of cable and satellite boxes.

DVI-D DVI-D Cable*
DVI-I DVI-D Cable*
DVI-A or VGA DVI-D to VGA Converter Cable
HDMI DVI-D to HDMI Combo Cable

DVI-D Dual Link
(Very specialized, such as a Apple Cinema-View)
DVI-D Cable*

DVI-"M1"
(Such a some In-Focus, Proxima, Hitachi, and Viewsonic Projectors)
DVI-D Cable*
and
DVI-M1 Adapter

DVI-D DVI-D Cable*
DVI-I DVI-D Cable*
DVI-A DVI-A Cable (No longer available)
VGA DVI to VGA Cable
HDMI DVI-D to HDMI Combo Cable

DVI-D DVI-D Cable*
DVI-I DVI-D Cable*
DVI-A DVI-A Cable (No longer available)
VGA DVI to VGA Cable
HDMI DVI-D to HDMI Combo Cable
(See Footnote Below)

DVI-D Not compatible (converter needed)
DVI-I DVI-A Cable (No longer available)
DVI-A DVI-A Cable (No longer available)
VGA DVI-I to VGA Cable


VGA Connector
(Common on most PC's)

DVI-D VGA to DVI-D Converter
HDMI (ie LCD or Plasma) VGA to DVI-D Converter
DVI-I DVI-I to VGA Cable
DVI-A DVI-I to VGA Cable
VGA VGA Cable


HDMI (Type A) Connector

DVI-D DVI-D to HDMI Combo Cable
DVI-I DVI-D to HDMI Combo Cable
VGA DVI-D to HDMI Combo Cable and
DVI-D to VGA Converter Cable
HDMI HDMI Cable


HDMI (Type A) Connector

DVI-M1
(Such a some In-Focus, Proxima, Hitachi, and Viewsonic Projectors)
HDMI Cable
and
HDMI-M1 Adapter

* Most of My Cable Marts "DVI to DVI" cables are "dual link". They are suitable for any DVI-D (digital) type connection - either single or dual link

** DVI-D to HDMI are always "Single Link" as the HDMI specification is only "Single Link"

Detailed discussion on the different types of DVI connections can be found at www.wikipedia.org.