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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
Bob

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Dual-monitors
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.

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