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Dual Monitors w/ Onboard Video

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Dave45, Nov 14, 2005.

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  1. Dave45

    Dave45 Banned Thread Starter

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    I am trying to set up a dual monitor configuration at work and I have a really cheap computer and I am not sure if I can make it work but I want to give it a try.

    The computer is pretty much a bare bones rig but it at least has the latest P4 CPU and it runs WIN XP Pro.

    The computer has onboard video with no AGP slot but it has several open PCI slots available. What want to know I can I install a PCI video card and somehow get the computer to run in a dual monitor configuration with the onboard video?

    If anyone has made this work and will share their knowledge with me I would appreciate it, Thanks!
     
  2. bearone2

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    it's not as simple as just throwing in a pci card and poof, you have a 2 monitor capability because you've got onboard video.

    i use a matrox dual head card but only run 1 monitor.

    ob sound is using part of whatever memory is installed in your barebones machine.:cool:
     
  3. erick295

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    There's no reason to do that when you can buy a card with dual VGA outputs.
    Onboard video steals your RAM. Get rid of it!
     
  4. erick295

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    Actually, it pretty much is, if you can find a way to keep the onboard video and the PCI card working at the same time. Might be tricky because most boards disable onboard when there's a video card present, but I think that's easy enough to bypass. I've never actually used a board with onboard video, so I don't know from personal experience, but I'm sure with most boards you have the option of turning onboard on while also having a separate card.

    But as long as your buying a card, just get one with dual outputs.
     
  5. kiwiguy

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    As above, it depends on the motherboard, but most should work. They only disable the on-board video automatically if they sense an AGP card, which cannot be fitted in this case anyway.

    I have done it with a PCI card and it worked.
     
  6. erick295

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    I thought they also detected PCI video cards?
     
  7. kiwiguy

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    As I said, it depends on the motherboard (and the BIOS) but in several here they do not disable the On-board video.

    Which is a nuisance if you want to eliminate the "shared video" resource as it refuses to disable the on-board capability.

    In the OP case, its probably an advantage though.
     
  8. dustyjay

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    If you istall a PCI video card, it will be detected and used for display #1, Your onboard Video card will be used for Display #2. It has been an option in windows since Win98. I have done it everal times. No need to enable or disable anything in Bios usually (this is of course Motherboard dependant).
     
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