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#1 chucko


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Posted 21 January 2009 - 09:18 PM

I am trying to set up dual monitors on my PC. It is an older Dell desktop. I am running Windows XP. Unfortunately I do not see the dual monitor option in display settings. I do not see “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" anywhere either? Can some software be blocking this option?

Edited by chucko, 21 January 2009 - 09:19 PM.

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#2 funnytim


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Posted 22 January 2009 - 02:14 AM

What is your video card? Have you installed the latest drivers for it?

What connection method are you using to connect the two monitors (ie. VGA and/or DVI)?

Also, make sure both monitors are in working order.

#3 rigacci



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Posted 22 January 2009 - 12:37 PM

funnytim is correct. Your video card needs to be dual-monitor capable. You can have 2 video outputs on your card and still not have dual-monitor capability; one may be VGA while the other is DVI and you can use one or the other.

First, update your video drivers (as per funnytim). At the same time, search for info that says your card handles that. If not, then a new video card would be required but it shouldn't be that much ($$$) as long as you are not too demanding (such as a gamer).

Good luck.


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Posted 22 January 2009 - 01:15 PM

Well, unless the second monitor is plugged in it wont recongnize it or give you the option.

Also like others have said, you need a video card that will support the function of dual monitors. You can buy a cheepo card for dual monitors for about 40USD$ Or you can buy a nice gaming one any where from 100-420USD$

of if you really want you can run two in SLI/Crossfire which is teo in tandem for extra power but thats more of a gaming thing or an intesive graphics desginer.
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