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3 External Displays, 1 Primary, 2 Extended

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  1. zmagic98

    zmagic98 Thread Starter

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    Hello all,

    What I am exactly trying to do is this: for an outdoor football tournament, I am trying to connect 3 external displays to my laptop (2 VGA monitors and 1 HDTV with HDMI). Since I cannot see my laptop screen in the sun, I am using one VGA monitor as the primary display (since it's brighter). Then, I am extending my desktop to the other VGA monitor and the HDTV.

    The one VGA monitor (4:3 ratio) will be my primary display with the control screen for the scoreboard.
    The 2nd VGA monitor (4:3 ratio) will be an extended desktop for me to show the play clock.
    The HDTV with HDMI connection (16:9 ratio) will be an extended desktop and have the actual scoreboard on it.

    I am using a HP G60 laptop (2009 I think) with 1 VGA out and 1 HDMI out. Below are my specifications. I don't have very much money to use for this, so cheap/free alternatives would be best. Thanks for the help in advance!


    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
    Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4200 @ 2.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
    Processor Count: 2
    RAM: 2975 Mb
    Graphics Card: VNC Mirror Driver, 3 Mb (Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family)
    Motherboard: Wistron, 3612
     
  2. Oddba11

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    The laptop isn't likely able to drive 3 screens, not too mention only having two outputs. Your only alternative would likely be an external video card. I've not used any, so I can't make any recommendations.
     
  3. zmagic98

    zmagic98 Thread Starter

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    Thanks. What type of external video card would I need? A VGA one I would assume?
     
  4. zmagic98

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    Could I just get a USB to VGA converter? Would that work? Would I still be able to use one monitor as the primary, and extend to the other monitor and HDTV?
     
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