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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:46 PM
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Will adding a video card permit a 2nd monitor?
The single monitor on this PC now is hooked up to onboard video.

Does anyone know if I can add a second monitor by adding this old PCI video card I found lying around? Or does it depend on BIOS? I've done it on other PCs that have digital and analog outputs, but not this way before.

I use a lot of development apps and really don't know how people get by without using at least 2 monitors....
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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 02:49 PM
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1. Better choice:
Invest in a new videocard with two monitor outputs on the rear. It will work much better.
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DaveJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 03:12 PM
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2. I'm too much of a scavenger ...
It was kind of dumb of me to ask the question and then immediately try it and find out for myself -- it worked!

I just hate to see old hardware go to waste. My onboard video and PCI video card work fine together. Now I have plenty of room for development.

Personally I prefer multiple monitors to one big monitor. Windows are more independent of one another that way IMO.

I took the second monitor from the PC my wife and kids were using which did have two outputs on one card. They never used the 2nd monitor anyway.

Now all I have to do is finish this project I've been working on for the past 5 years, and I'll be on my way....

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