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

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  1. Rogerl

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    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.



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  2. Rockn

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    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

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    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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