Real quick question regarding DVI-D and DVI-A compatibility

I received a DVI cable with my monitor. it was DVI-A, and on the monitor port it says, DVI-D. And my card's port is also DVI-D

Whenever I plug in the DVI-A cable into the DVI-D ports I get no signal on the monitor. Kind of sounds obvious doesn't it? But my friend who was with me when I hooked up the monitor said the difference in pins was negligible. he's knows a lot about computers so I took his word for granted

Now my question is, is plugging in a DVI-D cable the solution to the no-signal problem? I looked up the definitions of the two DVI types and on one site it said, "If one or both connections are DVI-D, you need a DVI-D cable."

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  1. Common sence tells me yes, get a DVI-D cable. thogh one important question arises as to why your monitor comes with a DVI-A cable instead of a DVI-D or DVI-I.

    I have a DVI-D cable connected to my monitor and graphics card, both of which are DVI-D aswell.
  2. aite, thanks mate. guess I'll run off to purchase a cable
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