I want to connect my laptop to external monitor, but it doesn't have VGA socket. It only has HDMI.

I recently purchased a HDMI to VGA cable and tried with it, but still it doesn't recognize the input. I checked on the internet and found that I need to use HDMI to VGA Adapter and not just the cable with two different plugs.

So is it true or is there any way to use the cable which I have already purchased.


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It is true and there isn't any useful way to use the cable you have bought. In fact, many of these HDMI-VGA cables are actually completely useless as there are virtually no devices that output any useful VGA signals via the HDMI port.

You would need to purchase a proper adapter which has what is essentially a separate video card in it (something like this). I use a similar device with my own laptop which converts the digital DisplayPort data into Analog VGA signals.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks a lot for your reply. I will get same type of adaptor as you mentioned. \$\endgroup\$
    – TechJ
    Commented Dec 4, 2015 at 12:39

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