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Dual Video Cards

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MetalSmith, Sep 27, 2005.

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  1. MetalSmith

    MetalSmith Thread Starter

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    I have a question on setting up 2 monitors. I have a digital projector and an LCD monitor running on my ATI video card. It can run both monitors but the problem is I cannot run each monitor with a different resolution. My projector goes up to 800x600 and I want my LCD to go higher but it can't because the video card only puts out the same on each port.

    Can I add another video card to the system and have it run a different resolution? I wanted to know this before I go buy another card :) thanks for any input.

    Matt
     
  2. VaporTrace

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    I think you just answered yourself "same on each port". If your monitor supports DVI (most do) you can get a dual head card with DVI and VGA. Else, you can get a XGA converter with a Y cable to convert your VGA to S-video for your projector which is close to 800.

    If what you are trying to say is that your s-video port is set at 800x600 which also changes your VGA port as well on a dual head ATI card, you should try new drivers as the older ones seemed to have that problem in the rush to market.
     
  3. MetalSmith

    MetalSmith Thread Starter

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    Yes my ATI card has a DVI going to the LCD and the VGA going to the digital projector. I can't run each port independently with a different resolution. It keeps it the same on both ports. I have 2 problems. Which ever monitor is setup as the secondary within windows it does not produce great video, it does not refresh the screen as nice as the primary monitor does. Also I cant keep the VGA port at 800x600 and run the DVI port at 1024x768. Thats why I was thinking of adding another card so each card would have its own resources to run the different resolutions.

    Thanks

    Matt
     
  4. loserOlimbs

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    You can just replace that card, or as suggested search for new drivers.
    Any decent or semi-modern video card with dual outs should allow multiple resolutions, my 9600 does it no problem.
     
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