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Dual Monitors on 410 emachines?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by chezza214, Jul 7, 2008.

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  1. chezza214

    chezza214 Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2008
    I have an emachine 410 with monitor card, card only has one connection, on the section where you plug in the speakers there was another monitor connection that was covered with a plastic cover that said "Do not Remove", this doesn't seem to work, when I plug my current monitor in there it keeps saying no input signal. To run dual monitors would I have to buy a new card for my machine.
  2. ~Candy~

    ~Candy~ Retired Administrator

    Jan 27, 2001
    Hi and welcome. Yes, you would need a dual monitor card, or two cards.

    The reason the other one doesn't work is probably because it's disabled. Usually when you install an add in card, it disables the onboard video.
  3. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

    Oct 1, 2007
    Not sure what the other "monitor" connection is but if they aren't located in the same place right next to one another it doesn't matter anyway, only one would work regardless.

    You can get video spitter adapters that will go to two or more monitors but you would be limited to clone mode only. Usually the best way to get multi monitor support is to get a better video card with dual ports. That's only if your system supports it though; if you have discrete graphics already then its no problem, just upgrade to a better card with the same motherboard slot interface (PCI-E, AGP, PCI).
  4. Cyberstake


    Sep 11, 2008
    Thats right, Fairnooks and Acacandy. The eMachine 410 was despatched with "2" monitor connections. (1), a "covered-up" onboard VGA adaptor and also (2), a Radeon 9200 PCI Express card (the one on the section where you plug in the speakers).

    To use the "covered-up" onboard VGA adaptor for your monitor you'll have to disable/remove the Radeon 9200 PCI Express card. You can only use one or the other.

    So the answer is yes. To use 2 monitors you'll need a VGA splitter, or replace the Radeon 9200 PCI Express card with a dual monitor/VGA card.

    Kind regards
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