Broken vga port on pc

June 3, 2014 at 04:01:56
Specs: Windows XP
The connection piece of my vga got broken off of my pc, I was wondering would something like this work for displaying video to my television?

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June 3, 2014 at 05:22:42
No it won't work because that is simply a cable with no adapter of any sort - it's probably meant for a video recorder or something similar.

Something like this should work, assuming you have a USB 2.0 or newer port - USB 1 will be too slow:

How, exactly, is the port broken - physically not there? pins broken? Ideally, if it is a PC you have, and not a laptop, then a new adapter card would be a better option.

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June 3, 2014 at 05:49:09
As JohnR suggests... if this is desktop computer (not a laptop) consider installing an add-in/plug-in vga card.

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June 3, 2014 at 07:16:03
There is an integrated graphics card in the pc, the vga is not directly connected to the graphics card so I was wondering would a cable just use the integrated graphics card to display to the television or would I need something like what you have linked?

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June 3, 2014 at 10:18:13
Most on-baord vga "adapters" are disabled when you install and configure (install drivers) the add-in/plug-in card.

Can you clarify what exactly is broken with the present vga connector. Is it one of the connecting wires on the back of the socket; or is somewhere on the board itself? Also confirm that this a is desktop/tower or similar computer; not a laptop,

Presuming a desktop - an add-in card would provide an "new" vga connector - and the current one would be disabled/become superfluous... Possibly you might even find a suitable card that provides more than a standard vga connector too; thinking of DVI - although I'm not sure support (card drivers etc. for XP) would extend to that later technology?

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June 3, 2014 at 11:37:17
The vga is still properly connected to the motherboard, but the piece that you actually plug the cable into is broken off along with some of the pins so I would have to replace the whole thing in order to fix it. I was just looking for a cheap way to bypass this, but it looks as if I'll need to purchase a new video card.

Thank you for the quick reply.

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June 3, 2014 at 11:52:11
The add-in card would likely resolve it all for you - and possibly give you better options in terms of connectivity too?

If you can... perhaps borrow a suitable card and install it as a test measure. This mainly to check that the on-board vga adapter will be disabled during set up, or that you can manually disable (in the bios) if needs-be.

Incidentally are the pins broken off the cable end that goes to the vga motherboard connector as is? By that I mean: is there is a socket on the motherboard (a female?) into which you plug the vga connector cable; and the vga port itself is physically mounted on the back plate of the computer itself (not on the motherboard) - and it is the plug on the cable that has broken pins? If so - then it "may" be possible to replace that backplate vga socket with another (that has the correct cable and connector to plug into the motherboard socket)? Although how easy to find/obtain one...?

However an add-in card may be the easier and better option overall - providing it works...

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