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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by makihara, Aug 2, 2010.

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  1. makihara

    makihara Thread Starter

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    Hi

    I have a windows xp laptop hooked up to another monitor via a vga output.

    MY laptop is an old dell with nothing but an integrated intel graphics card.

    I would like to have an extra monitor and take my laptop off my desk. So one laptop with an extended desktop over two montiors

    Is this possible?

    the laptop has an s-video output. Is there a cable converter i can get to enable output to a second vga monitor?

    Thanks!
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Sorry,as far as an extended desktop goes,no.
    The laptops display is the primary monitor and the vga or svideo is the secondary.
    You can do both at the same time and extend the display.
    Best you could do is a splitter which would show the same thing
    on both monitors.
    I don't think a USB video adapter would work either due to old
    hardware and XP only handles 2 outputs.
     
  3. makihara

    makihara Thread Starter

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    Hi

    thanks for replying.

    What did you mean by the above quote?

    this sounds like a solution if the display is extended!? Does that mean the start bar would span both desktops because i can live with that.

    Is the cable cheap?


    Cheers
     
  4. leroys1000

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    Sorry,typo,you can't do that.
    Far as the splitter cable goes,both monitors would
    show the same thing because they are running
    from the same output.
    Same signal,same picture.
     
  5. makihara

    makihara Thread Starter

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    What are usb to vga adaptors like?

    Would they let me extend my desktop onto a second monitor?

    thanks
     
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  7. makihara

    makihara Thread Starter

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    so anyway to get rid of the default laptop setting?
     
  8. leroys1000

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    No,that's the problem.
    Windows 7 can handle 4 monitors,but you say you have an older
    laptop and it may not meet the windows 7 hardware requirements.
     
  9. makihara

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    right fair enough, i' shall leave it fo rnow.

    Thanks for all your help!
     
  10. Masta Squidge

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    Who told you XP can only handle two monitors...

    I personally have used 3+ monitors on windows XP. I used to run three computer monitors with a 4th screen run n a small TV for movies and whatnot.

    I have seen people with 6 screens hooked up to an XP machine. You probably shouldn't post information unless you are 100% sure.
     
  11. makihara

    makihara Thread Starter

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    Really?!

    ok so can i use the s video port on my laptop to have a second monitor?
     
  12. leroys1000

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    They are trying to use extended desktop on a laptop with 2 external monitors.
    I am so glad you are 100% perfect.
     
  13. makihara

    makihara Thread Starter

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    i'm confused.

    So i can't do it then?

    Dammit, renewed hope fail

    x
     
  14. Masta Squidge

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    With two external monitors, unless the laptop provides said connection, an external video card can be used.
    This would result in the laptop being the "primary" display, as always, with two secondary displays and would work just fine.

    If however you would like to use the svideo output as a display, this SHOULD be possible. I have done so with a small TV in the past, as I stated before. I don't guarantee it, but you certainly can try. But I don't know if you can get around the laptop being stuck as the primary desktop display. At least, on your particular model.
     
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