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3 monitors with pci card and integrated graphics?

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  1. aloishis89

    aloishis89 Thread Starter

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    I have a dell laptop with a dock that allows you to add pci cards. I have an ati card in there now running 2 monitors. The dock also has a vga out that i am assuming is being driven by the integrated onboard graphics from the laptop. I want 3 monitors. Is it possible to do this by driving 2 off of the pci card and 1 off of the integrated graphics? I read somewhere that you may need to look through the bios to make sure that your computer doesn't automatically disable the onboard graphics once a card is plugged in. Is this true?
     
  2. hulkinator

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    Yes. This totally depends on your onboard graphics. Some will allow you to use both the integrated video out as well as an add-on card, while other cards will only permit you to use one or the other.

    If you post the exact model number of your laptop that will help! At the very least find out what the integrated card is.
     
  3. aloishis89

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    I believe it is a Dell Latitude d531
     
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    Hmm.... I wasn't able to find anything easily about this specific issue with that specific laptop. You won't hurt anything by just plugging a third monitor in. It may be helpful to dink with Windows' display settings.

    Give it a try and let us know what happens.
     
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