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Dual monitor setup - windows xp 2005 - ( cant hook up 2 monitors )


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#1 Voilaviolet

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 06:43 PM

I have a gateway desktop (windows Xp media center 2005). It runs very smooth, I only have a few work programs on it. A dual monitor setup would make life soooo much easier.
I can only ever get one monitor to work at a time!
I've tried my Tv, it works on its own, the original monitor, and the second monitor I bought, all work n their own, but not together,
I thought it would be really easy......
Here is a pic of the back

i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg607/Voila-Violet/8d0199c28145e54c31b4cafdc6cbb3b7.jpg


The setting for the second monitor is there, I have fiddled with it so many times, but nothing,
Only the monitor that is plugged into the bottom ( video card I'm guessing)


What am I missing?
Is there a driver that needs to be updated?
Do I need some sort of adapter? ( if so, is it under $20). smile.png

I could do it out if I had a bit of instruction. Any other info u need I will post , so keep an eye on this question smile.png.


Sooooo much appreciated smile.png


Edited by hamluis, 23 February 2013 - 08:04 PM.
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:13 PM

I did it with this from Amazon. Worked well on Windows 7, and I think it is supposed to wrok with XP

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ABNLEWO/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

What is happening is that most likely the built-in video port is being disabled when you have a video card.

 

Can You post the make and model of your computer? Just to confirm.

 

There are several options to use two monitors. They do depend to a certain extent on you skill level win computer hardware.

 

The device linked above should also do the job. It looks like it will feed a HDMI/DVI/VGA monitor. I would use it as an example of what to search for if You decide to got that route.

 

Good Luck

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#4 Voilaviolet

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:29 PM

Thanks guys! But it gets worse!......

I accidentally deleted ATI driver, I had thought I had downloaded the latest version, but when I went to open and run t, it wouldn't unzip or run. No option to unzip it...
And also....
No Internet now! What?! I'm plugged into the Ethernet, my router is literally a foot away, why would that suddenly turn off?


Wait! Upon 2 restarts, Internet is back on... Whew. A start......

It is a gateway 825gm.
Here are a couple possibly relevant screen shots :)

I promise, before I deleted ATI there was an option for primary and secondary radon x300 screen .

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 05:31 PM

http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg607/Voila-Violet/e9097173e2c0b3e4a44c90a090479b5e.jpg
http://i1246.photobucket.com/albums/gg607/Voila-Violet/8b0daa000bbdc88928f1cf48b8645d66.jpg

Edited by Voilaviolet, 24 February 2013 - 05:47 PM.


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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:34 AM

Your second greyed out monitor would be s-video port next to the vga cable... if your tv accepts an S-video input you may be able to run that.
video_zpsdfb5a25c.jpg
Also you may get converters cables/boxes - svideo to composite; svideo to RGB; svideo to vga
http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=101&cp_id=10114&cs_id=1011407&p_id=4722&seq=1&format=2
 
Thank you for the attached pictures it makes it much easier to diagnose your problems.
 
Very few motherboards will enable both the onboard vga (the one on top in your case) and dedicated graphics card (the one on bottom).  You may use one or the other, but not both.

Also you could get a different video card that has two vga ports on back.

to reinstall your display driver-
Get your driver from gateway
http://global-download.gateway.com

after download right click on it... select extract... select checkbox that says open folder... when new folder comes up double click setup.exe

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 12:09 PM

Hi, As AngryRaisin says.

 

In My opinion a video card that supports two monitors would be the best route.

 

The Specifications for the Gateway 825GM show

Graphics
ATI® Radeon™ X300 SE PCI-Express

This is good news because there is a huge selection of Video Cards for the PCI-Express slot available.

Just find one from a reputable seller that has two VGA ports or DVI ports depending on you monitors at a reasonable price and You will be good to go.

 

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

Im back!!.

 

Soooo sorry for the delay, you guys were so awesome.  So.... i have found the correct cable.  (the s-video to vga) but it will not work.  are there an other possible settings im missing. :(

  Im going to try switching things around after work....

          ( I work from home, and having so many windows open on this tiny square of a monitor lol, i would love to spread it out!!)



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 10:54 AM

will the s-video cable work if i use my lcd tv as a second monitor... i will try that as well and update :)



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 11:48 AM

A S-Video to VGA cable if it is only a cable will only work with a very limited selection of video cards. The cards it would work would have to support putting VGA on a S-Video connector, Very few do.

 

To do what You want with S-Video requires electronics. Something like these.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?seq=1&format=2&p_id=4722&CAWELAID=1329449490&cagpspn=pla&gclid=CNqy7-fikLYCFUhV4AodWhEA1Q

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270365&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-Audio+Video+Converters-_-N82E16812270365&gclid=COHpyOjikLYCFQSg4AodCVcAtQ

 

Keep in mind that S-Video is a low resolution output. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-Video

Separate Video (2 channel),[1] more commonly known as S-Video and Y/C, is an analog video transmission (no audio) that carries standard definition video typically at 480i or 576i resolution

 

Good Luck

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:33 PM

alright... trying something new... using the dell desktop, it has an extra input for a white cable, looks like the computer cable but with a metal piece going horizontal... okay.. and i have that into the back of a laptop .   i saw a diagram of that setup online,,, now what do i do.. lol?!

i tried the settings again, and still cant figure it out!!



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:52 PM

http://photobucket.com/albums/gg607/Voila-Violet/dueling monitors


heres a new set of photos of my struggle!!

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 05:57 PM

http://s1246.photobucket.com/user/Voila-Violet/library/dueling%20monitors/monitors?page=1



this one.....is a good link




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