I am trying to connect my laptop with an external monitor through vga. The good thing is that all VGA cables work. And by work I mean I see image on the external screen. BUT I have noticed something else. On 3 (15 pin) of the cables I bought I found out that pins 6 7 and 8 are interconnected (short circuited) On an another 14 pin cable (pin 9 is missing) non of the pins are interconnected. How does that affects anything? Well if I install the 14 pin cable my external monitor is recognized for what it is. (LG l226.... bla bla) Also from within the Intel graphics control panel I am able to access many of the monitor features such as brightness contrast etc. And I am not talking about the emulated gpu features. I am talking about native monitor settings as if I was controlling them from the screen menu. Now if I install the other cables (15 pin , pins 6,7 ,8 connected) my monitor is recognized as generic non pnp monitor and non of these functions are available. PLUS when I turn my laptop off screen does not go into power saving mode but stays on complaining about signal error. I searched around and found ...a number of diagrams and pin configurations. It seems that the standard vga cable is nothing but standard. I also run into posts of people with similar problems. Can someone provide a short explanation? Why not all vga cables are the same? And in my case how do I know what cable to use. So far I ordered 3 from e-bay and all came with pins 6 7 and 8 connected. They work but not with the extra features and that is somehow an inconvenience. Thanx. My Monitor is Lg Flatron L226QTQ-SF And the laptop is Samsung NP300V5A- S03GR.