My new PC arrived, however …

Cube247 Scorpius ST10 PC

This afternoon my new PC arrived. The company had said that it would be here before 4:00 pm, and sure enough at 3:56 pm the delivery van pulled up outside and delivered five boxes of shiny new technology.

This evening I unpacked the boxes only to discover that I can’t connect both monitors. Here are the connectors that I have:

Monitor input

  1. VGA (D-Sub)
  2. DVI-D Single Link

Graphics card output (Asus GeForce 8800GT)

  1. DVD-I Dual Link
  2. DVD-I Dual Link
  3. HDTV-out


  1. VGA (D-Sub) to VGA (D-Sub)
  2. VGA (D-Sub) to VGA (D-Sub)


  1. VGA (D-Sub) to DVI-I (Bundled with Asus graphics card)

In other words I only have two VGA-to-VGA cables but no VGA outputs on the PC to plug them into. At most I can connect one monitor using the converter but then it won’t be a digital-to-digital connection, which I’m sure will be a faster, sexier connection.

I’ll get on the phone tomorrow to Cube 247 and try to resolve this. A simple oversight, I’m sure. You’d think that if they were selling a dual-monitor system then you’d be able to connect both monitors straight out of the box. Especially if you’re paying over a grand for it.


Friday 25 January 2008

I had a look in graphics card manual after I’d posted this last night and discovered that it reckoned that the graphics card had

  1. VGA (D-Sub)
  2. DVD-I Dual Link
  3. HDTV-out

as well as the VGA-to-DVI converter. That offers one explain why I’m one connector down: the graphics card hardware has been changed but perhaps the PC manufacturer hadn’t fully realised this.

Update #2

I called Cube247 — it was a simple omission, and a second VGA-to-DVI converter will be posted out to me today. That is after all what I’ve paid for.

I’ve also ordered myself two new Belkin Pro DVI-D to DVI-D cables so that I get a better image. (I think that’s how it works!)

Update #3

The second VGA-to-DVI converter arrived the following morning, on Saturday. Great service from Cube247.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Former Scrum master at Safeguard Global, Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

One thought on “My new PC arrived, however …”

  1. After reading a new comment i have realised that you were officially ™ looking for a new computer for 11months! Thats testament to that fact you should never rush into anything.

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