Computer manufacturers and computer accessory manufacturers really need to use consistent terminology.

Frustrated woman. From pxfuel.com.

Computer manufacturers and computer accessory manufacturers really need to use consistent terminology. Their failure to do so makes things unnecessarily difficult.

I am considering buying a computer from Dell since one of my main computers does not support Windows 11. According to Dell the computer has the following display ports: 1x HDMI 2.0b, 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x Dual Link DVI.

The problem is that I need to be able to use this computer with an existing KVM that uses VGA. Therefore I will need to use adapters. The question is what adapters do I need.

Computer accessory manufacturers do not use the Dual Link DVI terminology at all. They use DVI-D and DVI-I. In order to determine what adapter to get I had to go to the Different types of monitor ports page and compare the pictures on Dell.com with the pictures on the Different types of monitor ports page to determine that Dual Link DVI is apparently the same as DVI-D. Therefore the Active DVI-D to VGA Adapter should allow me to connect a VGA monitor cable to the Dual Link DVI port.

Computer accessory manufactures do use the term HDMI. The problem is that not one of the search results for HDMI 2.0b to VGA adapter say anything about the HDMI version. They are HDMI to VGA adapters. No version number information is provided at all. I have to hope that the Gold-Plated HDMI to VGA Adapter will do the job.

Thanks to the use of inconsistent terminology buying this computer has been an arduous and very unpleasant experience.

Thank you very much!

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