Archives for July 7, 2004

DVI splitters and me

I got a nice, new computer to replace the 4 year old box I currently use. I upgraded the old box about 2 years ago, with a new(er) digital video card, and use it to drive two LCD monitors (which is very neat, lots of open pages, etc).

Of course, in the time from then to now, the video card digital outputs have changed format, so the new card will connect to one of the monitors, but not to both (has to do with the male end of the splitter being a different shape).

I haven’t yet been able to find a DVI-I splitter. I can find powered DVI splitters for AV systems, I can find splitters for Matrox-type cards (mine’s an NVidia), but so far, no splitter for me. I called Dell, and “we don’t distribute those, you might try a dedicated computer store”. CompUSA says they know they exist, but they don’t stock them; the costomer-service challenged fellow I was speaking to didn’t engender a lot of confidence.

I ordered one from PCcables, and it’s the Matrox style (though their site says it’s for a NVidia card), so that goes back. Maybe they have a replacement that will work.

I know this is trivial, and it’s a nice problem to have, but it’s bugging me. If you have an answer, email me.