Solved Monitor for my old computer

August 15, 2019 at 18:07:37
Specs: Windows 10
I have a 486 DOS computer, I have been using a DOS CAD program for many years.
I need a new Monitor.
Will any Monitor work if I have a cable adapter ?
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#1
August 15, 2019 at 18:36:09
Generally, yes...as long as the monitor will plug into a (likely) standard 15-pin VGA port on your video card. Make sure it does so before purchasing one.

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#2
August 15, 2019 at 19:47:07
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Many LCD monitors already have VGA connectors--no need for an adapter:

https://superuser.com/questions/584...

You might want to check places like goodwill or other thrift stores. They seem to be loaded up with them. Just make sure they can accommodate the screen resolution your CAD program requires (probably not a problem since you were using an older monitor).


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#3
August 16, 2019 at 12:04:19
mine is a 14 pin
I will try the good will.
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#4
August 17, 2019 at 03:22:10
Hi Dave,

it appears 14 pins are mini-vga and 15 is/were the standard. See:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_c...
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mini-VGA

Are you sure yours is 14 Pin, and not 15 with one pin missing?

If you are looking at the Monitor's Plug, could a (unused) Pin) simply be missing or broken off.

If truly is mini-vga, could prove difficult to finding a suitable Monitor at Thrift Stores.
Maybe easier to see if a 15 pin one can connect.

Alternatively VGA to mini-VGA Adaptors are available.

On a different note, should your 486 fail, do you have a standby PC?
Suggest considering a W2000 PC which should be able to run dos` applications.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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#5
August 17, 2019 at 04:56:11
yes it is a 14 pin coming from the back of the Monitor. The cable is not removable from the Monitor.
but the back of the computer is a 15 pin.

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#6
August 17, 2019 at 06:36:35
"yes it is a 14 pin coming from the back of the Monitor. The cable is not removable from the Monitor. but the back of the computer is a 15 pin."

I don't think "mini-vga" has any relevance to your monitor situation. You likely just have an old monitor with a standard 15-pin configuration, where one of the pins (pin 9) on the monitor's connector is missing, like shown here:

https://old.pinouts.ru/photos/dsubh...

It wouldn't matter since that pin is unused:

https://i.stack.imgur.com/DtrXl.gif

So if you buy a monitor with the full set of 15 pins or one with "a missing pin 9", it wouldn't make any difference.

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#7
August 17, 2019 at 12:42:04
So I bought a Monitor and I have it working.
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#8
August 17, 2019 at 23:23:39
You're welcome. Thanks for posting back and letting us know how it turned out.

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