Dual Screen

Discussion in 'Video Cards, Displays and TV Tuners' started by Surge89, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Surge89

    Surge89 Geek Trainee

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    I'm looking to get a dual screen system in place, however, I have a question or two.

    1) At the moment I have an ATI 9200, which only has one output, Would I be able to just buy a second PCI GFX Card from e-bay or something, and plug in a second monitor?

    2) Would this second card need to be ATI aswell?

    Thanks
     
  2. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    No, I think that you'll need a VGA splitter cable to connect 2 screens on 1 VGA card, if it only has 1 VGA output.
     
  3. Surge89

    Surge89 Geek Trainee

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    But, will this allow me to have a different output on each screen?
     
  4. RHochstenbach

    RHochstenbach Administrator Staff Member

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    No, if you want to do that, you'll need to replace your graphics card with one that has 2 VGA outputs. You can only use multiple graphics cards with SLI motherboards.
     
  5. Surge89

    Surge89 Geek Trainee

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    Would you be able to recommend a good model? I'm running on a AGP port.
     
  6. Matt555

    Matt555 iMod

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    Not true at all.

    You can add another PCI graphics card for the 2nd monitor. Or you can buy an AGP card with 2 outputs.

    SLI uses two graphics cards to run one monitor.
     
  7. Surge89

    Surge89 Geek Trainee

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    Thanks Matt D:

    Does it need to be another ATI model?
     
  8. Matt555

    Matt555 iMod

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    I'm not sure, I've never tried.

    I'd honestly suggest getting a new card with dual headers, it'll be easier and probably won't cost much more. You can get cheap dual-screen capable cards.
     
  9. Big B

    Big B HWF Godfather

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    For the sake of drivers, it'd be in your best intrests to go with another ATi-based card. From what I've seen, using video cards with different GPU companies in the mix seems to cause some bad mojo.
     
  10. Surge89

    Surge89 Geek Trainee

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    Instead of buying a new GFX card, I bought a VGI to DVI adapater, which is working sweet :D
     

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