PC Hardware forum

General discussion

Adding an additional monitor to my PC?

by spectacular1 / November 8, 2009 11:40 PM PST

Hey people Happy

First of all apologies if this is in the wrong section, I was a little confused to where to create a ew topic and thought this would be the best place but mods please remove if you feel necessary.

I was hoping someone could offer me a little support regarding trying to add my new tv/monitor as my secondary monitor to my pc, ideally what I want is when you add a second monitor to your laptop as an extended monitor that is what I require.

Is this possible? If so how? Would I need to purchase an additional graphioc card for my pc? Could you recommend me one? Or could I purchase something like a vga splitter which I would plug in the back of my vga slot and it would have two female vga connections?

Thank you.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Adding an additional monitor to my PC?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Adding an additional monitor to my PC?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Your laptop may support this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 8, 2009 11:45 PM PST

But without a make or model that's as far as I can go. All the office and home laptops do this.

Collapse -
pci hdmi card
by spectacular1 / November 9, 2009 2:19 AM PST

I'm thinking of investing in a hdmi pci card as my tv/monitor has a hd connection.

So all I need to do is add this pci card to my motherboard and then buy a hdmi cable? and connect the cable from the pc to the tv? the only query I have regarding this is that would my pc sound also come out of my tv? That is ideal for me. I know I could have gone down the easy route of getting a vga connection for my pc but the hdmi graphics will be better and I might get sound.

Collapse -
No go. Not going to happen.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2009 2:50 AM PST
In reply to: pci hdmi card

No laptops today have PCI connections. Also, any USB Video is far too slow to play video such as DVD or games.

But about HDMI. A few of the newer laptops in the office have HDMI and those can ship sound over HDMI.

But again I can't see a make and model so the discussion runs flat.

Collapse -
Not laptop
by spectacular1 / November 9, 2009 3:04 AM PST

Sorry but this is not a laptop, im talking about my custom built dektop pc.

Collapse -
Still a dead end.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 9, 2009 9:29 AM PST
In reply to: Not laptop

Looking over PCI cards I didn't find any I could find assurance that audio would go over HDMI. Would running audio the old fashioned way be so bad?

Collapse -
I am not sure if this is what you want.
by ahtoi / November 13, 2009 4:43 PM PST
In reply to: Not laptop

I saw this at Fry's on today paper. It's call "vga video splitter" with 4 ports up to 1920x1440 resolution and it's made by IOGear. $45 with $10 instant saving.

I did see another devices for such purpose but I forgot the name or where I have seen it. So it's out there. This one could be use as clone or display extension.

Collapse -
by xmrb2003x / November 13, 2009 12:35 AM PST

Are you saying you don't have 2 vga/dvi outputs on your graphics card? If not I would have thought it would be better to have 2 as I don't think you can split 1 output. Bear in mind though that when you have dual-screens (extended desktop) it can have a performance impact on games i.e. tearing on screen etc. So you're better off turning the extended desktop off if you play games.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?