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.


  1. I have a dual head card (GEForce 4 ti4200) that has dual heads – one DVI, One standard. I had the same problem since both my monitors are Standard 15 pin.

    I was able to find a VGA-DVI adapter at an Apple store of all places. CompUSA, Best Buy, and Circuit City were all no-gos. It cost me ~$15. From what I gather a lot of apple users had that issue since Apple switched to DVI as standard a few years back.

  2. Thanks, Doc. Now I need to find an Apple store!

  3. Kathleen Weaver says:

    I emailed you on this, but maybe you didn’t get the email.

    Have you tried Fry’s? They even carry Apple stuff, so bet they have it.

  4. I need to get to Fry’s, but it’s a drive from here in the boonies.

  5. Kathleen Weaver says:

    Tell you what, I always need an excuse to go to Fry’s, it’s summer — I’m a teacher. Tell me exactly what you are looking for, I’ll go to Fry’s, take a picture of it if they have it, and tell you what department carries it, and how much.