1. Computer problem? Tech Support Guy is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations. Click here to join today! If you're new to Tech Support Guy, we highly recommend that you visit our Guide for New Members.

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

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. dongroves

    dongroves Thread Starter

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    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.

    TIA
     
  2. Rich-M

    Rich-M

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    22,443
    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.
     
As Seen On
As Seen On...

Welcome to Tech Support Guy!

Are you looking for the solution to your computer problem? Join our site today to ask your question. This site is completely free -- paid for by advertisers and donations.

If you're not already familiar with forums, watch our Welcome Guide to get started.

Join over 733,556 other people just like you!

Loading...
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Short URL to this thread: https://techguy.org/691050

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice