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Dual Monitors -- is running off of onboard video plus pci-e video possible?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by dongroves, Mar 7, 2008.

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  1. dongroves

    dongroves Thread Starter

    Mar 6, 2008
    Background: I have a custom-built machine purchased from a small mom & pop shop in town. It's about a year old, came with a 3 Ghz P4, and 2GB of RAM. It was sold to me relatively cheap, and I know currently its using onboard video. I do not know the make of the motherboard, and I won't know for another week (I'm out of town). I know it has an available PCI-E slot available. Runs Windows XP Home. The current monitor is hooked up to the onboard VGA port, and works fine.

    My question: I want a secondary monitor setup so I can have an extended desktop, as cheap as possible. Can I buy a cheap PCI-E video card, hook up the second monitor to it, while having the first monitor hooked up to the onboard video port? I remember running into problems with using onboard plus an expansion-card type of video card together. I realize I can buy a dual-monitor video card for relatively cheap, but I'm pretty confident I can scrounge up a PCI-E video card even cheaper.

  2. Rich-M


    May 3, 2006
    No it won't work that way, you would have to use one or the other. Get a pci-Xpress card with 2 ports and you should be fine.
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