We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Is a VGA Socket?

By G. Wiesen
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A VGA socket is a port on a computer, usually found on either a motherboard or a video card on a motherboard, used to connect that computer to a video display device. While VGA technology was once the standard for computer video connections, limitations in image quality has led to a number of other standards being developed that still continue to utilize physical VGA connections into the 21st century. A VGA socket is typically blue in color and has 15 connection ports into which 15 pins are inserted when a VGA cable is used to connect a computer to a monitor.

Video graphics array (VGA) was once a standard for computer graphics displays, and not only referred to the standard itself, but also to the VGA socket and cable used to connect devices utilizing this standard. There are a number of technological advantages this standard has over other, previous standards for image display quality. VGA standards are able to display at a resolution of 800x600, which is low when compared to standards that came after it, but higher than previous resolutions. It can also display 256 colors, much greater than previous standards that often displayed only 64 colors. VGA standards are still used by portable devices and older computers.

The VGA socket, however, is the physical connection utilized by computers and monitors, which was first established for use with motherboards and video cards that used VGA standards. Even as the standards have improved over those in the 1990s, the VGA socket remains in use for reliable connections between a computer and a display device. Since a computer can use these standards and this connection to display a VGA image prior to the operating system on that computer taking over, startup screens for computers are often displayed in 800x600 or 640x480 VGA quality.

A VGA socket is the “female” end of the connection between a display device and a computer’s motherboard or video card. The cable used to connect the two devices is black in color and has a “male” end with 15 connections, arrayed in three rows of five pins. A computer’s VGA socket is blue in color, allowing it to stand out, and has 15 ports for the pins on the cable. This type of cable typically has a screw on either end of the connections, which can be inserted into the housing of the VGA socket and tightened to hold the cable securely in place and maintain a strong connection.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.