Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick

DB9F RS-232 serial port connector = video-out plug?

Okay, I should know this, but I can't find any straight answers anywhere on the Web... or in my manual. I'm trying to connect my telescope's computer - which uses a 4-pin phone-cord-like cable - to my computer (lacking such, of course). Meade (the telescope manufacturer) makes a DB9F RS-232 serial port connector cable that terminates in said 4-pin cable for transferring data from the computer to the telescope.

Is the port that such a connector plugs into the same thing as the 2-row, 9-pin video(?) port on the back of my computer? It looks the same, with all the same pins and even the little hold-down bolts:

I mean, geez, there's a lot of talk out there about COM ports and serial ports... but nothing about if they're the same as monitor ports. The identifier on the back of my laptop is identified with this icon: |0|0|

Thank you!

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