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Adding a second monitor


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I have been working from home the past couple of months. I have found I need more desktop space to monitor activity. I dont have enough of a budget to purchase a second computer so I wanted to know if I could add a second monitor. I dont know how to do that with a desktop computer. Do I just go out & buy a video card & second monitor? Will my computer run a second monitor?
I dont play video games on this machine & i do very little video work on it. I just have a couple of software packages that need more video area or their own video area so I can constantly monitor data & activity.

Here is my current set up: (I am running the video off the motherboard)
Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name ????????
User Name ??????

Motherboard:
CPU Type Intel Pentium 4, 3000 MHz (15 x 200)
Motherboard Name Hewlett-Packard HP d530 CMT(PF869US)
Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
System Memory 3063 MB (DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type Compaq (01/15/04)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter Intel® 82865G Graphics Controller (96 MB)
3D Accelerator Intel Extreme Graphics 2
Monitor HP P1130 [21" CRT] (MX302SB412)
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Alright, you are going to need to buy a graphics card because integrated graphics cards cannot support two moniters. But before I can recommend one, I need to know what kind of slots your computer has, either PCI, PCI-E, or AGP. Here are the steps you need to follow to get two moniters working regardless.

1. Setup both moniters
2. Plug both moniters into the graphics card.
3. Once both moniters are connected, go into your display settings.
4. There is an option to extend the desktop onto your second moniter. Click that and then OK and the other moniter should work.

Cheers :)
ROIDO

Edited by =OSS*ROID=, 14 December 2008 - 07:50 PM.

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it appears that all i have are PCI slots. the mother board does have the ability to add an extension, can i buy an extension to the mother board that has AGP slots?

the setting it up sound just like running two monitors on a laptop using a docing station. to bad i dont have a laptop.
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heres the everest report on the slots
[ System Slots / PCI Slot 1 ]

System Slot Properties:
Slot Designation PCI Slot 1
Type PCI
Usage Empty
Data Bus Width 32-bit
Length Short

[ System Slots / PCI Slot 2 ]

System Slot Properties:
Slot Designation PCI Slot 2
Type PCI
Usage Empty
Data Bus Width 32-bit
Length Short

[ System Slots / PCI Slot 3 ]

System Slot Properties:
Slot Designation PCI Slot 3
Type PCI
Usage Empty
Data Bus Width 32-bit
Length Short
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Alright, a video card that I would recommend using a PCI connector would be http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814133245. It already has a built in VGA connector on the card so you could use that one for your CRT moniter. The card also comes with a DVI-VGA adapter in case you get another CRT moniter or if you do not want to use the DVI on an LCD. Good luck!!

Cheers :)
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thx
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yup no problem. Goodluck with everything!

Cheers :)
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