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chrisw1100

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I am running a Dell optiplex GX620 4 megs of ram Windows Vista and have upgraded the video card to an ATI radeon 4300 HD. My question is what do I need to do to run dual monitors on this set up? I am pretty sure the radeon 4300 hd should support duals so do i just need a splitter or is there more to it? I do see another basic VGA port but I don't think this model had an internal card. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I wanted to check here first before I went out and bought s bunch of stuff I don't need. Thanks in advance

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I am running a Dell optiplex GX620 4 megs of ram Windows Vista ...


4 Megs of RAM!?!? I hope that's a typoPosted Image



Instructions:
1. Take a look at your computer and make sure it has two video outputs for monitors. There are several different types of outputs, such as HDMI or DVI, with the most popular being VGA. But as long as your computer has two monitor outputs, you should be good to go



2. Make sure your monitor input cables match the output on the PC. If you have two VGA monitors and your computer has one VGA and one DVI output, you won't be able to connect your second monitor. If your monitor outputs don't match, adapters can be bought at an electronics store (Usually fairly cheap)


3. Connect both monitors to the PC. Make sure the cables are screwed or snapped into the outputs snugly to ensure a good connection. Plug both monitors into an electrical outlet. Turn the computer and the monitors on.


4. When Windows Vista starts up, the main monitor will show your desktop. Vista may recognize the second monitor automatically and bring up the display settings dialogue box. If your second monitor has a blank screen, right-click on the desktop and click "Personalize." The personalization option screen will come up. Click on the "Display Setting" option, which is on the bottom of the list. This will bring up the display settings window.Posted Image
Personalization Window

5. If your second monitor is connected, the display window will show two monitors. Monitor 1 is your primary monitor (and should be the one you are looking at). Monitor 2 will be grayed out. Click on Monitor 2 and click on the check box that reads "Extend the desktop onto this monitor." Click "OK." Your second monitor should flicker and show a desktop background. You can now move open windows and icons across both monitors
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Display Settings Window

Hopefully this answers your questions! Posted Image
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thx got it resolved all it took was a dvi to vga adapter .. 2nd screen is up and working like a charm. thanks for the help.
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No worries mate! Posted Image
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