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Why does my HDMI to VGA cable is not working?


HDMI & VGA Port

This is a common problem that HDMI to VGA cable is not working, which got popped every time to the new user who tries the connect its second display without doing any research on it.

Don’t worry we have done all the research and find the best solution for you.

The main reason your HDMI to VGA doesn’t work because of the wrong products or sometimes because of wrong system settings. To fix HDMI to VGA connection first make sure it’s the adapter, not the cable, and in the display system setting it should auto-detect if it’s still not detecting check for the updates, and recheck the display setting.

Follow these steps to fix this issue

  1. Basic Check

    Check the product that you just bought and if it’s a cable or adapter, you are good to go if it’s an adapter. But if you got cable it will never work, better to return or exchange it.

  2. Check for Adapter

    The adapter comes in two types so better pick the correct one, to spot the difference between them, check if your need to give external power( like wall plug or anything like that) to your adapter, if it is then it’s VGA to HDMI and that’s also a wrong one

  3. Technical Issue

    Connect adapter then check your graphics settings from the ” Settings > System > Display > Multiple Display ” section to see system say about the monitor, if it says nothing then try another display/TV/etc.

  4. Power Cord Check

    The power cords often get loosen from the socket board, so make sure it’s tight enough to hold the power cord.

  5. Troubleshooting from system

    First try to restart your system, go through step 3 again, and check for updates.

  6. At Last

    If all of these steps didn’t work then it could be that the adapter you bought is defective better would be to replace it if you can or buy the new one.

Why your HDMI to VGA cable is not working?

People are buying HDMI to VGA cables from the internet because they are cheaper than an HDMI to VGA adapter. But the problem is that you can’t just rewire the HDMI to VGA with a special cable because HDMI is next-generation technology and it uses Digital Signals and VGA is an older one and use Analogue signal. They are electrically and electronically from different planets, so no hope is there left.

so make sure to check for the adapter, not the cable.

How to select the right interface for your device and why it’s important?

If you choose the wrong display interface, you might limit your monitor’s graphics ability. It’s the reason why you should spend some time before selecting the right adapter or cable. You should focus on the refresh rate and the resolution before making the right choice. So, if you’re ready to know more, read along.

Check your system port type here is a small reference chart/table

So there are approx 9 ports which are used to transfer data between the second display,

1. VGA Port
  • It can be found in many computers, projectors, video cards and High Definition TVs.
  • VGA port is the main interface between computers and older CRT monitors. Even the modern LCD and LED monitors support VGA ports but the picture quality is reduced. VGA carries analogue video signals up to a resolution of 648X480.
2. Digital Video Interface ( DVI )
  • DVI is a high speed digital interface between a display controller like a computer and a display device like a monitor.
  • The digital signals can be either single link or dual link where a single link supports a digital signal up to 1920X1080 resolution and a dual link supports a digital signal up to 2560X1600 resolution.
  • This is a high speed digital interface between a display controller like a computer and a display device like a monitor.
  • The digital signals can be either single link or dual link where a single link supports a digital signal up to 1920X1080 resolution and a dual link supports a digital signal up to 2560X1600 resolution.
3. Mini-DVI
  • Mini-DVI port is developed by Apple as an alternative to Mini-VGA port and is physically similar to one. It is smaller than a regular DVI port.
  • It’s send same resulution video data as VGA port does
4. Micro-DVI
  • As the name suggests is physically smaller than Mini-DVI and is capable of transmitting only digital signals.
5. Display Port
  • Display Port is a digital display interface with optional multiple channel audio and other forms of data.
  • The latest version DisplayPort 1.3 can handle a resolution up to 7680 X 4320.
  • Latest DisplayPort 1.4a (in production) version has a support for 4K (3840 x 2160) at 120 Hz or 8K (7680 x 4320) at 60 Hz. An improved DisplayPort version 2.0 specification is released in June of 2019 with an increased bandwidth of 77.37 Gbps (approximately).
6. Mini DisplayPort
  • Apple introduced a miniature version of DisplayPort and called it Mini DisplayPort (mDP or Mini DP). Even though Mini DisplayPort has 20 pins, the physical size of the connector is smaller than a regular DisplayPort and the pin out is also different.
7. High Definition Media Interface ( HDMI )
  • HDMI is an abbreviation of High Definition Media Interface. HDMI is a digital interface to connect High Definition and Ultra High Definition devices like Computer monitors, HDTVs, Blu-Ray players, gaming consoles, High Definition Cameras etc.
  • It can carry digital video signal up to a resolution of 4096×2160 and 32 audio channels.
  • The latest version of HDMI is 2.1 with much improved bandwidth, resolution and support from video card manufacturers. While HDMI 2.0 has a data bandwidth of 18 Gbps, the HDMI 2.1 has a staggering 48 Gbps of bandwidth. Coming to the display resolution, HDMI 2.1 supports 4K and 8K at 120 Hz refresh rate. Most modern (at least high end) graphics cards like Nvidia RTX 3090 provide at least a couple of HDMI 2.1 Ports to connect with monitors and TVs.
8. Micro High Definition Media Interface ( Micro HDMI )
  • Developers introduced a new HDMI Connector and Port called Micro HDMI with HDMI Version 1.4. Micro HDMI also has 19 pins (just like regular HDMI and Mini HDMI) but the pinout is different.
  • Micro HDMI is often used in cameras, single board computers (like Raspberry Pi 4), etc. where physically it is difficult to include a regular HDMI port.
  • The size of Micro HDMI is significantly smaller than regular HDMI and has some resemblance to a micro–USB Port (sometimes people confuse among the two). The port on the left is a micro USB port and the one on the right is a micro HDMI Port.
9. USB Type C
  • USB Type C is the latest specification of the USB and is a reversible connector. It is supposed to replace Types A and B and is considered future proof.
  • It’s has varoius features like it can be used for fast charging, for fast data transfering, Connect second display, etc.

**There are other ports also which really used so I just skipped them.

HDMI vs. DisplayPort vs. DVI for Gaming: Which One Should You Use?

The display port, HDMI, and DVI offered the same performance until high-resolution monitors with high refresh rates hit the market. And this shift has made choosing the right type of cable or adapter an important task.

If you selected the wrong display interface, you might limit your monitor’s graphics ability and eventually, this can cause your some problems further also. It’s the main reason why you should spend some time before selecting the right adapter or cable. You should focus on the refresh rate and the resolution before making the right choice.

Display InterfaceMonitor ConfigurationCompatible Display interface
1440P with 60HZ refresh rateHDMI port, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI1440P with 60HZ refresh rateHDMI port, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI
4K with 30HZ refresh rateHDMI port, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI4K with 30HZ refresh rateHDMI port 1.3 and later, DisplayPort 1.0 and later, Dual-link DVI
4k with 144HZ refresh rateHDMI port, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI1440P with 144HZ+ refresh rateHDMI port 2.0 and later, DisplayPort 1.2, and later versions. DVI won’t work in this case
1080p with 60HZ refresh rateHDMI, DisplayPort, DVI( it will support 720P or 1080P below 30HZ )1080P with 60HZ+ refresh rateHDMI, DisplayPort, DVI won’t support Ultra High resolution
1080p with 144HZ refresh rateHDMI, DisplayPort, DVI ( dual-link cable )1080P with 144HZ+ refresh rateHDMI, DisplayPort, DVI won’t support Ultra High resolution,  dual-link DVI cable because the single link cable won’t support it

Here are some best picks you can get to connect your HDMI to VGA port

Moread HDMI to VGAGold-Plated HDMI to VGA Adapter (Male to Female)

Best for Computer, Desktop, Laptop, PC, Monitor, Projector, HDTV, Chromebook, Raspberry Pi, Roku, Xbox, and More
REC Trade 5-in-1Type C to HDMI/VGA/Audio/USB 3.0 Port/USB C

Multiport Adapter Converter USB C to HDMI VGA Hub Adapter
MuxLab HDMI to VGA AdapterMale to Female | 1080P Full HD (1920×1200)

HDMI 1.3 | DVI 1.0 | for PC, Laptop, Media Player, Projector, Monitors | No External Power | Plug and Play | No Driver

These solutions and will help to choose and fix your HDMI to VGA connection problem if you any assistance you need regarding it feel free to comment, we glad to help you.

Vishal Kumar

Finding a solution related to tech has been his keen area of interest, He like tech and is also a noob gamer who gives his best when he's in focus mode. Like other tech and apps, there are some bugs and he knows it and figuring out to solve them.

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