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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2006, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Dual Monitors with PCI Express 16x

I've been out of the computer hardware world for quite some time now, so help me out....

I got a new computer at work. It has a PCI Express 16 slot and two regular PCI slots. It is using an onboard video card to drive the monitor. When I plug in a regular PCI video card to run dual monitors, it selects the PCI card and disables the onboard video. I don't have access to the BIOS to see if there's some setting there. Using a single monitor sucks.

My next option is to install a sub-$50 PCI Express 16 video card that can drive two monitors. I see some at Newegg.com that have two outputs. One DVI and one VGA. Will those let me run two monitors independently? Not where one just mirrors the other?

It will take an act of god to get the company to purchase and install a video card for me.

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2006, 03:57 PM
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Yes, seperate desktops. You cant use both onboard and pcix at the same time.

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Cool. I remember when AGP was coming out. Some of the video cards had two outputs but you could only run one or the other. I was afraid these PCI Express 16x were the same way. I guess I'll go find the cheapest one with two outputs.

I'm assuming the onboard video will turn off when I install a PCI Express 16x video card. I hope!

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Doesn't that ribbon cable look like it will make one monitor a copy of the other?



This one doesn't have that ribbon cable.



Do you think that matters?

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i don't think those cards will do what you want.

They have DVI or VGA ports, but not two outputs.

you need a dual head card

ATI Radeon X1300 128MB DDR 1 VGA DVI+TV PCI Express X16 - sells for under 100 bucks
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Doesn't that ribbon cable look like it will make one monitor a copy of the other?



This one doesn't have that ribbon cable.



Do you think that matters?
I have a 9700pro that looks just like that one DVI one VGA and S-video and you can run duel monitors. I have set it up just to try it and it works fine but i did notice a drop in FPS on my main monitor with games. You have the option of stretching the desktop across, or seperating it between the main monitor and secondary monitor which is what i did. I could have WoW running on my main lcd on DVi with the start bar and desktop showing on the VGA monitor.

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Is there anything obvious on the box or in the specs that will tell me if it will run dual monitors? Like something-something compliant?

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they used to be called dual head graphics cards, and there should be something that says they support dual displays in the specs

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they used to be called dual head graphics cards, and there should be something that says they support dual displays in the specs
And it may not necessarily have two connectors on the card, you will just have to dig through the specs. A lot of the DVI output cards actually use a Y cable to split the signal between monitors.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-01-2006, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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If only turbostang will hook me up with a new video card at work...

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