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rhinocables frequently asked questions

rhinocables frequently asked questions
What cable do I need to connect my laptop to my tv so I can get pictures and sound transferred from laptop to tv?

This would depend on the model laptop and TV you have, some laptops have HDMI ports and in that case you would just need a HDMI cable. Some TV's have VGA ports so you can just connect with a VGA cable and audio cable. The audio cable would depend on your TV's audio connection, but would usually be a 3.5mm stereo jack to jack or a 3.5mm stereo jack to 2 x phonos (RCA's).

What is the difference between VGA and SVGA monitor cables?

The S just stands for Super, thus the SVGA is just a higher quality. All of our cables are the SVGA type, even though they are often referred to as simply VGA.

What is USB 3.0?

USB 3.0 is the new specification for Universal Serial Bus communication. The specification includes backwards compatibility with older USB specifications.

What speed can I expect from USB 3.0?

USB 3.0 specification is 10 times faster than USB 2.0 although actual speeds will depend on hardware used. USB 3.0 can reach speeds of 4.8Gbps(572 MB/sec) but current hard drives and devices will restrict this speed. True USB 3.0 speeds can be achieved with USB 3.0 compatible motherboards and Solid State Hard Drives.

What is the difference between SATA versions?

SATA comes in three speeds, 1.5Gbps, 3Gbps or 6Gbps. SATA used to be referred to as SATA I, SATA II and SATA III but this has now been changed to revisions.
SATA revision 1 - 1.5Gbps or 150Mb/s
SATA revision 2 - 3.0Gbps or 300Mb/s
SATA revision 3 - 6.0Gbps or 600Mb/s

What is the difference between S-Video and SVHS?

Technically speaking S-VHS is a video standard not a connector, S-Video is the correct term for a 4 pin mini din connector referred to as S-VHS. S-Video stands for Separated Colour and uses the following pinout.
Pin 1 GND Ground (Y)
Pin 2 GND Ground (C)
Pin 3 Y Intensity (Luminance)
Pin 4 C Color (Chrominance)

What cable would I need for my new Monitor?

Monitors vary a lot these days but most should be able to use a standard VGA cable, widescreen monitors tend to use DDC and will need cables with all the pins connected. The most common connections on monitors are VGA, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort has started making appearances.

What are the different DVI connectors?

The DVI connector on a device can have the following configurations...
DVI-D (digital only, both single-link and dual-link)
DVI-A (analog only)
DVI-I (integrated - digital and analog, single and dual link)

What are the different HDMI versions?

With effect from 01/01/2012 manufacturers will be required to change the way they label and advertise HDMI products. HDMI products will now be classed as...
Standard HDMI
Standard HDMI with Ethernet
Standard Automotive HDMI
High Speed HDMI
High Speed HDMI with Ethernet

Molex Clarification

Some confusion lies with which connector is male or female...
The male connector has male pins inside the connector but the housing is a socket
The female connector has female pins inside and the housing fits into a molex socket.
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