I plugged DVI-D adapter for VGA exist from the monitor, and I have no signal. And few more questions

So let's start up from the beggining. Some time ago I realised that my monitor is plugged into my motherboard instead of GPU, and all my graphics is rendered by intel graphics. So practically my graphic card is not used at all if I understand it correctly, since when I checked by CAM program, load of graphic card is 0%

As the tittle said, my monitor have VGA entrance, but my graphic card nvidia GTX 1050 doesn't have this entrance. However, my graphic card have Display port, DVI-D and HDMI entrances. I decided to buy DVI- adapter for VGA cable, to plug it into my GPU, but monitor says "No signal".

I decided to check few forums, because maybe I just missed something, and I found few information about those ports. If I understand it correctly, VGA (From the monitor) sends analog signal, and DVI-D (From my GPU) sends digital signal, so this is main reason why I will not have an image from the GPU.

I heard that I can buy an active converter DVI-D for VGA, (or however it was called) which should solve my problem. And my questions is: Is this converter will really help me with that problem, or not?

Also one more (dumb) question. Also I realized that Nvidia control panels shows "You are not currently using a display attached to and NVIDIA GPU" whenever I trying to run it. I re-installed drivers from the website, so it's not possible that this is main problem. If I will plug GPU to monitor with this converter, control panel will be available, right?

Please for the answerer
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  1. Yes to both questions.
  2. Hello... DVI-D means digital output only to the pins of the connector... DVI-I means "interlaced" and has both Digital and analog pins available at the connector. VGA is a 'analog" electrical signal... here is the pin outs and further information about the connector Specs and standards.

    The analog/VGA pins are located on one side of the connector, where the "+" is located... the Video card needs a physical RAMDAC chip in it to provide a digital to analog conversion and VGA output.
  3. An active DVI-D to VGA adapter will work. However, you may want to consider a new monitor with the correct inputs (HDMI and Displayport). There are decent 24", 1080p monitors on sale for a little over $100. While the active adapters are about $30. A new digital input monitor will provide a much sharper/clearer screen.
  4. Thank you everyone for your feedback and explanation in analog and digital signals everyone!

    I'm so sorry for late response, but I was busy last time, and I did not had to much time to reply. Anyway, right now consider between buying an active adapter DVI-D to VGA, or new monitor with DVI-D input. I'm not sure about the current model of my monitor, but I know that a Samsung's monitor with 60Hz and native 1920x1080 resolution. I want to ask about what you think will be better idea.

    As I checked active adapter is much cheaper than a new monitor, but I hear that those kinds of converters can cause problems like changing resolution, lags and even more advanced problems. From other side, I could buy monitor with DVI-D input and cables, but it might also me more costly.

    If you used that kind of active converter, could you please tell me about your experience, recommend to buy new monitor or not? Thank you for your feedback.
  5. Best answer
    Hello... If your a 'ProRazerGamer" then the added Lag and signal path will not be best for your use... The Information is 'Digital" why use extra energy and hardware too convert it?

    If your Video card is a older model it should have a "Ramdac" chip and a DVI-I connector on it already to use for one monitor B /

    DVI-D and HDMI carry the same signal, and a "passive" adaptor/cable is all that is needed between them... so a HDMI input monitor is likely more common and another option in a new monitor purchase/choice.
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