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Discussion in 'Digital Photography & Imaging' started by Rogerl, Oct 13, 2003.

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  1. Rogerl

    Rogerl Thread Starter

    Jun 2, 2003
    I hope I am in the right forum for this question. If not, please let me know. I would like to ad a second monitor to my system. I have an older computer that is doing everything I want. It is a Pen 2 333 MHz and I am running win 98 SE with 320 MB of SDRAM. I think the best way to go is to buy a new video card that will support two monitors as I only have one AGP slot that currently holds my video card. I am finding it confusing choosing the right card. I don’t want to get something that will not work with my older system or has features I don’t need or can’t use. The main reason I want two monitors is that I like to do more than one think on line at a time and this would help. I already have a second monitor so it would only require the cost of the card. I figure I can do this for less that $100, but I just don’t know which card to get. Any and all help would be appreciated.


  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    Get the same type as the one you are currently running. If the current one works you probably won't have any compatibility issues.
  3. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    Most PCI video cards will work, there are compatability issues with some types however. MS have a list of compatable cards somewhere - just can't locate it at the moment.

    Low-end PCI cards are an economic way to do this. Check that your motherboard hasn't already got on-board video as well, as if that could be enabled nothing else would be needed.
    Personally I would look to a 4 or 8 MB PCI card. Very cheap, and doesn't require replacement of your AGP card.

    I have successfully used a Geoforce 2 MX PCI card, 32 MB in conjunction with on-board video, and also with a Geoforce 4 MX 460 AGP card.

    Presently I use a GF 4, MX 460 with one monitor on the VGA output, and one on the DVI output. My new LCD monitors can accept DVI, but if you use a VGA/DVI card you will need a DVI-VGA adapter if your monitors will not take DVI input.

    Most higher spec cards have dual output, but usually DVI/VGA. Dual VGA are available, you may need to look a bit more though.
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