Monitor has just vga, computer has vga and dvi.

I have a 5 year old computer that I would like to use as a back up if I can. It has a video card. In total the computer has:

2 dvi slots
1 vga slot

I used to own a monitor that had both a dvi and vga cord that I used. When I owned this monitor everything worked fine.

However, that monitor is gone and now I just have an old cheap monitor that only has a vga. Just hooking up this vga cord does not work. The power comes on on the monitor, but no display.

What is the cheapest and easiest way to make this monitor with just vga work?

btw, I also own a new macbook. I'm not opposed to using this as a display if it is possible.
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  1. Are you trying to use the motherboard-integrated video card's vga slot? Maybe it was set to disabled in BIOS. In that case, I'm not sure if it helps, but you can try to remove the video card. Maybe you'll have to borrow a DVI monitor from a friend for checking out BIOS settings.
  2. You can get a DVI-I to VGA adapter, they're very cheap. Since it doesn't convert any signals (DVI ports support both analogue and digital signalling natively, just one at a time) it doesn't have any problems like some adapters/converters do.
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