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Master Geek
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Topic # 172036 9-May-2015 11:07
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Just a quick note about connecting a MS Surface Pro 3 to an external monitor using just a DisplayPort cable - a mini DisplayPort connector at one end and a (full/standard) DisplayPort connector at the other.

It appears that many (read most) of these cables currently available in NZ do not meet specification or similar. I purchased a cable locally and for the life of me, I couldn't get the Surface to recognise that the monitor was there. I discussed the issue with others who reported a similar experience.

I ended up importing a DisplayPort cable from the USA, which appeared on a "certified" list. This resolved the problem immediately.

I can recommend the following cables, which can be purchased via Amazon and eBay:

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 1301189 9-May-2015 15:30
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I've had success connecting the Surface Pro 3 to two external monitors using these cables from Lenovo

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 1301207 9-May-2015 16:57
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Great to know there is a local option. My cables cost be about the same, by the time I paid for shipping etc. However would prefer to buy local if I could.


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  Reply # 1301269 9-May-2015 20:14
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My apple  VGA to Mini display port works fine except it doesn't fit very well and so does my Belkin to HDMI.

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  Reply # 1301281 9-May-2015 20:37
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I'm specifically talking about a DisplayPort to DisplsyPort connection. The beauty of using this method is the transport of both video and audio in one cable.

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  Reply # 1301286 9-May-2015 21:00
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Ive seen the same problems with a laptop to a display port screen. Seems that there are plenty of cables around that are basically useless being sold.


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Master Geek
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  Reply # 1301289 9-May-2015 21:08
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Yep, I agree. The moral of the story, if you are having issues with DisplayPort connectivity, it's probably a sub-standard cable.

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