Hi there, I am in exactly the same predicament as capescafe.
I purchased a slim line Dell Inspiron 530s only 2 weeks ago as my previous PC stopped working. When purchasing the PC I did enquire if the graphics card the PC was supplied with supported dual monitor output - (I had this set-up on my old PC to made sense to keep it).
When I received the PC I noticed the graphics card only had 1 DVI port. I called Dell tech, and they advised me I only needed to purchase a DVI splitter in order to extend my windows onto another screen.
I did initially think, "a splitter" but I don’t want 2 monitors showing the same thing!! But, I decided to go with it...
In ordering and receiving the splitter, I tried installing, however with no luck. I contacted Dell once again (online this time) and they took control of my computer (via dellconnect.com). After the tech person fiddled about for a couple of minutes, they managed to set-up both monitors showing an extended window on the 2nd monitor. In applying the settings and restarting the computer the settings were wiped.
They tried again, however with no luck.
From what I can gather, when in the display settings, and when highlighting the 2nd monitor and selecting "extend the desktop into this monitor" - you are prevented from applying these settings are they automatically unclicks.
I don't quite know what to do?? Could I install the same graphics card, so I would have two running??
I have manged to find a low profile graphics card with dual monitor output. Its £80/$160 which I personally think is too expensive, however if it ends my headache, I don't mind as a screen that doesnt work would be worst! There is not image on the website, so I cannot confirm it will fit.http://accessories.e...-10612#Overview
Will infact a splitter work?
Any suggestions would be greatful