How to make a VGA cable

VGA cable is popular with gamers and computer users for transmitting video signals. 

Usually used to connect computers to screen monitors, Video Graphics Matrix (VGA) cable can be used in high-definition televisions, computer games, and other electronic devices. 

VGA cables are part of the D-sub group, which is a common type of electrical connector that has been around since computers were produced. 

They lived up to their ‘subminiature’ name, as they were small but today they are one of the largest common connectors and the name does not have much relevance.

VGA cables

3 rows of 15 pins on the plug characterize the VGA cable. There are several cables that connect to the pins, but this is not relevant to your task.

 Two screws on each side of the pins secure it in place in the socket and have knurled edges. Hand should manipulate the screws rather than with a screwdriver. 

You can make an emergency cable with a trip to the computer store and the following simple instructions.

Step 1: Buy the shorter CAT5 cable

Note that you can remove part of the cable and connect it to the TV or computer product. 

Strip off about an inch of the CAT5 outer insulation and eight different colored wires will be exposed. 

These cables should not be rearranged or tampered with, but simply exposed. Strip about 3 mm of the internal insulation of the cable with a wire stripper.

Step 2: solder the cables to the VGA connectors

Keep in mind that the best connectors are male. The part of the VGA cable that contains pin contacts is called a male connector, while the part that contains plug contacts is called a female connector. 

The plug protector fits snugly inside the plug protector that is attached to the cable shields. 

Work carefully and wait a moment before covering them with VGA connector housings to make it look better and more secure. 

Some cables and connectors may not need additional coverage, but it is a good safety precaution.

Step 3: repeat steps 1 and 2

At the other end of the cable, solder the cables. This will ensure that both ends of the connection can send and receive signals and function properly.

Step 4: connect the cables

Make sure the cable is secure and the cables are contained. Check the graphics card settings.

Otherwise, the cable will not transmit images at all and you could look at a blank screen when there are no video graphics.

Making your own VGA cable might come in handy if you can’t afford a cable while on vacation or in a certain area. 

Although it won’t be much cheaper, it will be a fun project that won’t take too long. 

When you complete this project, you will have a better understanding of how early computer engineers made cables that were “sub-miniature”.

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