If your display has a VGA connection, and the PC/laptop is DVI connection, you should use a DVI-I (DVI-A) to VGA cable or adapter. ... DVI-I to VGA effectively works as a standard analogue VGA connection bypassing the digital element meaning the connection is more like DVI-A to VGA.
I tried it once. First i tried a hdmi to vga converter. it worked fine, but after a while my monitor would turn off and on again every 10 seconds, so i returned it and got a dvi to vga converter. Same thing until it fried my monitor