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I have to ask for more information before I can hope to answer your question. I would like to help, so I ask:
- what seems to have gone wrong?
- what sort of camera was the first (and if the same, the second) camera?
- how did you go about trying to add in the second camera?
- what was the result?
"To VGA Source"- if that's what it says, where does it say it? on the Dell Monitor, or elsewhere?
If the error is on the Dell monitor, what model is the Dell monitor please?
I suspect the problem is that your VGA to RCA adapter works in only one direction, and you may be trying to make it work in the other direction.
Well... what input options do you have, on the monitor? aside from whatever port is already in-use.
And the camera you want to hook up, what camera model is it? is it newly purchased?
Please, I need this information to answer your question:
what camera model is it? is it newly purchased?
OK. Please get me the model # of the second camera, whenever you can. It's the last bit of info I need for this case's answer.
The camera - does it have an RCA output, and nothing else?
OK. Clearly (from a survey of such adapters) your adapter is a passive adapter for VGA (output, from a computer or a laptop) to RCA several-cable video input on e.g. a TV.
You need an adapter in the other direction... which is, of course, an active or powered adapter, much more elaborate and expensive. Like this one:
only unfortunately that is for S-Video, not RCA.
I am continuing to search for an answer...
Oh. So does the camera have S-video output, or can you covert its several-cables-RCA output to composite-S-video fairly easily?
Either way, that ought to work. And please rate my answer, since I appear to have worked the problem to a conclusion. A five-star rating would be appreciated! Thanks.
A monitor with RCA multi-cable inputs would avoid the need for an adapter... provided it had the other camera's input, and also had the capability to use two inputs at once (not something all monitors have!)
The 'same as the one you have'... no. The conversion is active, involves powered circuitry (see the power adapter?) and isn't quite the same.