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#1 georgeriley

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 11:44 AM

what hard ware would i need to run 2 monitors?

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:06 PM

You would need either a VGA or DVI conector. You should probably have one if you bought a laptop or desktop.
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Posted 15 January 2012 - 04:09 PM

A lot depends on what you have currently? On a laptop, it would have to have an external video port of some kind (vga, DVI, display port, or HDMI) if you don't Ive seen some USB adaptors, no idea how well they would work however. On a desktop, you would need two output ports of some sort. Some integrated video has support for dual monitors, but not many, and almost never from a store bought computer. However, its usually fairly easy to add a dedicated graphics card that would allow dual monitor setup. What kind of computer are you running right now, and what kind of hardware do you have?

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 07:23 AM

the pc is EI SYSTEM 5030 MOTHERBOARD SIS-651(SOCKET478) HARD DRIVE FUJITSU MAXTOR GRAPHICS DELL E153FP I have attatched a image of the back of my desktop

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 09:16 AM

what kind of computer is it? EI isnt a brand Im aware of. In any case, that computer does not have the hardware to run dual monitors, you would have to add a dedicated graphics card. Im guessing (it is just a an educated guess) that that system has an AGP slot, which means you need to find an AGP video card to work in it. However, any modern made AGP video cards are going to require a power supply upgrade-you would have to find an older one, probably from that era to work in that system without a PSU upgrade. I would check ebay and local computer shops. If you can find an old one, that would be the way to go-if you have to upgrade the PSU I think If I was you I would save the money and buy/build a new system.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:23 AM

ok thanks for your honesty thats what i will do

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 06:55 AM

i use to have a agp video card with one vga out ,and it used a "Y" adapter to 2 vga ,i hooked it to 2 monitors ,the video card supported this function,cant remember exact model but the make PNY ,not all single vga video card do ,so you would have to make sure of that before buying it,here is a picture of simular one but it has the 2 connections ,also depending on what operating system you have you will need software to make it useful
http://www.amazon.com/PNY-GeForce-S-Video-Graphics-VCGFX522PEB/dp/B001E42QGM

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 10:15 PM

Those splitters do work with most cards, however only with limited results-usually the only thing you can do is clone your monitor (the same thing appears on both screens) you cannot extend your desktop onto the second monitor.

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