I found this cable in the ceiling above an operating room recovery area at a hospital during some demolition. I was wondering exactly what it is and what I could possibly do with it at my home. It is 50 foot long.
Sorry for the huge picture, I want you to be able to read the writing. It seems like a normal VGA type cable to connect a monitor to a computer, but it's missing 2 pins on both ends and I don't have any VGA cables here to compare it to. It also seems a little long, I thought VGA was limited in length.
Any info is appreciated!
P.S. If the image is too big or this thread is in the wrong forum, please let me know.
I have a cable that looks exactly like the one pictured. I've used it and it's "okay". There is some very minor ghosting and I can tell the difference in picture quality when I move to a much shorter and good quality VGA cable. I have a large display though (90" wide) and any issues in picture quality are magnified over the typical 40-60" diagonal sets that people use for home theater.
For long VGA runs, you can always pick up an Extron box. Like the 202xi or similar. This "boosts" the signal for long cable runs and is variably adjustable in how "hot" you can make the signal. These go for $25 to $200 used on the bay.
DVI to HDMI beats VGA. BUT you cannot run the digital signal anywhere near as long as you can the vga signal so use VGA if you need that distance.
Sounds good, thanks!
FWIW, I hooked up my computer to a JVC 42" Plasma TV with both my 50' VGA cable and a common (Dell) 6' cable. I could not tell the difference at all, whether it be text, images, video games, or WMV HD.
The only thing is that the JVC TV I used only worked with a resolution of 1024X768 (VERY odd for a wide screen TV to only work with a 4:3 resolution, I would think). Hopefully when I hook it up to a 1080P TV with a res of 1920X1080 it still looks as good.
Thanks for all the help guys, if we were in a bar I'd buy you all a couple rounds.