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Use 3 monitors with my laptop running Kali?


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#1 MrsCowher

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:18 PM

My husband is running Kali. I have purchased two new monitors and a stand with the intention of giving them to him for Christmas. I overheard him talking to someone last week and he was saying that he can only have a dual monitor setup because of his video card, I believe. 
 
I am wondering what I need to buy in order for him to use his laptop screen, as well as two additional monitors. 
 
This is his computer: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+15.6"+Notebook+-+4+GB+Memory+-+500+GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/1305286656.p?id=mp1305286656&skuId=1305286656&st=ASUS%20R500A-RH51%20&cp=1&lp=1

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 07:45 PM

 

 

Starting with the 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ Processors with Intel® HD Graphics 4000/2500, three displays support may be possible 

 

Straight off the Intel info page. Maybe his problem is not enough ports on the computer to physically attach the displays?


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Posted 10 December 2013 - 10:20 PM

Is there a way to get around that? Is there something I can plug into the VGA that will be like a splitter to allow me to plug a couple into?

 


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:41 AM

A splitter would only take the signal and mirror it onto two displays, not actually giving you the ability to use 2 displays.

 

How many video ports does he have? That may be your only option. Use HDMI, VGA, and MiniDisplayPort, or whatever is on the laptop. The specs don't say.


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 10:01 AM

You can purchase a USB to VGA adapter.  Being as I don't know what Kali is, a search turns up a *nix OS and a game, I don't know if you will have driver issues

 



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Posted 11 December 2013 - 02:13 PM

You can purchase a USB to VGA adapter.  Being as I don't know what Kali is, a search turns up a *nix OS and a game, I don't know if you will have driver issues

 

Best Buy let me test one out in the store today. No go. I think I have a solution, though.



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 07:21 AM

Can anyone recommend a VGA HDMI adapter that is compatible with Linux?



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:11 PM

Another option would simply to buy a HDMI capable monitor. However, if you prefer VGA, any adapter will do. No need to worry about compatibility, because Kali runs on Debian, so any drivers required should be covered.


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 06:43 PM

I bought two HDMI and/or VGA monitors today. I was told to try an HDMI splitter. The problem is that it currently makes the laptop screen function on its own but the two additional monitors do the same as each other. 

 

I guess I'll try and figure out fixes til Christmas, but I'm going to leave everything as is and let my husband configure and play with this in a couple of weeks.



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:28 PM

Indeed, as I stated before the splitters will just mirror an image to 2 monitors. Why not simply use both VGA and HDMI, if you only have two monitors?


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 10:09 PM

Indeed, as I stated before the splitters will just mirror an image to 2 monitors. Why not simply use both VGA and HDMI, if you only have two monitors?

I talked with someone at Best Buy who seemed to think the splitter would work. I took a chance.

I can't fit a VGA and HDMI cable cuz the ports are right next to each other. Thoughts?



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:04 AM

I can't seem to find any pictures of the side of the notebook online. However, some HDMI to USB adapters do exist, though they seem a bit pricey. Also, I am a bit concerned for those drivers for these adapters, as they seem to use an external video card. Worth a look.


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 03:56 AM

Well this is what I'm doing: http://irisclasson.com/2012/06/16/re-cutting-an-old-vga-cable-to-fit-both-a-hdmi-and-vga-cable-on-my-laptop-asus-x53-x53sk-sx028v-for-two-external-monitors/

 

I'm also going to leave this alone for 11 days and let my husband take over the figuring this out. haha



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Posted 14 December 2013 - 11:42 AM

It looks like a good solution. Good luck!


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Posted 14 December 2013 - 12:33 PM

you can buy whats called a Concurrent Monitor Cable Splitter




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