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Running three monitors

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#1 shrice


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Posted 09 August 2012 - 03:11 PM

Good afternoon folks,

Not a big problem but I want to benefit from your experience.

I have a 24" LG monitor with VGA, HDMI and DVI inputs. I also have two Samsungs that accept only VGA. I'm running the LG and one of the Samsung together in extended desktop mode and it works fine. What I would like to do is hook up the other Samsung and have three monitors and a really big desktop. I can't find a video card that has two VGA or VGA-adapable outputs and HDMI and supports my OS.

My current system is:

Win XP Pro Sp2
ASUS M3A78 Motherboard w/4gig mem
AMD Phenom quadcore CPU
ATI Radeon HD 4800 video card (512 Mb)

As I say, not a big deal but I would like to use that other monitor for something besides a laptop extension. Any and all answers are much appreciated.

Many thanks, S.

Edited by hamluis, 09 August 2012 - 04:53 PM.
Moved from XP to External Hardware - Hamluis.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:18 PM

Single cards don't usually support 3 monitors with the ports on the card. I know there is a triple head cable that you can plug all three monitors into and then into the video card but then it is recognized as one giant monitor instead of 3 monitors with extended displays.

For 3 monitors or more, you may need an SLI/Crossfire set up on your video card(s).
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#3 shrice

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 10:27 PM

xXAlphaXx, thanks for the response.
I definitely hear you there. The only card I found that had the three outputs needs Win7. I know the time will be soon that I will have to upgrade OS so maybe Win8 could be the one. Crossfire would mean another motherboard and that probably would cost more than to go to a completely new machine. Life is tough but you guys make it much easier. Many thanks, again. S.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:22 PM

You can look up monoprice. They have some tech experts that can help. A while ago I got a catleap monitor from Korean. Google it if you don't know. It didn't work, but the techs at monoprice helped me out.

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