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hi is it possible

by DEMON0062 / December 18, 2011 5:57 AM PST

i wonder if i could obtain a dual graphics cable so as to use 2 screens or do i need to buy a graphics card with 2 ports just a question

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Re: dual monitor
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 18, 2011 5:59 AM PST
In reply to: hi is it possible

I'd buy a graphic card with 2 ports. That works, and it has the advantage that you can set them to display different content.


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While you could get a second card ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 18, 2011 7:03 AM PST
In reply to: hi is it possible

many of the newer computers don't have a lot of open slots for additional graphics cards.

If this is your situation you might consider a USB graphics adapter such as this one (or one of the many others you can find via a google search:

Google search:

If you decide to go this route be sure to carefully read the specs for each adapter you consider to make sure you are getting one that supports the resolution you require.

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by DEMON0062 / December 18, 2011 7:31 AM PST

but would the adapter thing allow me to use both monitors independently ?

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We don't know your system
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 18, 2011 7:37 AM PST
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Care to tell us what you have? Make, Model and specs. And which OS? It may be that your existing card already has two ports for two monitors.

And what do you mean by 'two monitors independently"? You need to be clear what you need.

For example a video splitter will just give you two monitors with the same display on each. Everything you do will be repeated on the two screens.

Two monitors connected to one card, or one each to two cards will give you the option of "Extending your desktop" to the 2nd monitor. That means a dual monitor setup where the OS display extends over to both monitors and you can move windows across and back and forth.


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(NT) specs as requested
by DEMON0062 / December 18, 2011 8:24 AM PST
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After all this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 18, 2011 8:32 AM PST
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by DEMON0062 / December 18, 2011 9:04 AM PST
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i have finally found a way to have the dual screen display i wanted via my hdmi port which i feel quite stupid about because i should have thought of it before but never mind i got it now

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Yes you can ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 18, 2011 10:54 AM PST
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from the first link I offered is this about the product:

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Product Description
Featuring DisplayLink's top-of-the-line DL-195 USB 2.0 graphics chipset, the Plugable UGA-2K-A enables multiple monitors with any laptop or desktop (one adapter required per monitor, up to 6 on Windows). Most people use it to gain a 3rd or 4th monitor for their laptop. You get the full benefits of USB, including plug and play connectivity, thin and flexible cabling, and ability to connect many devices via standard USB hubs. Multitask with a dedicated monitor for each document or application.


USB graphics adapters work by rendering 2D/3D with your computer's CPU and GPU, and then compressing and transmitting the pixels that change over USB. Dual core or 2Ghz or better CPU recommended. Recommended for web and applications, not 3D gaming or motion video playback.


Windows 7/Vista/XP drivers installed automatically via Windows Update. 32 and 64 bit supported for both Vista and Win7. Microsoft's low-end Vista Home Basic and Win7 Starter Edition disable multiple monitors and are not supported. GPU is used for 2D/3D rendering on Windows, requiring Intel, nVidia, or ATI primary WDDM driver, with Aero enabled. Not recommended for use with Mac (beta drivers only). Open source available for Linux and other platforms. Linux requires xorg.conf editing - for advanced users only.


The adapter package includes the main USB 2.0 to DVI-I adapter, USB 2.0 cable, and hardware adapters for the different connector types (DVI-I to VGA/D-Sub and DVI-I to HDMI). HDMI connections are graphics only - this adapter has no audio function. Supports monitors and PC-compatible TVs up to 2048x1152 or 1920x1200 (1920x1080 VGA). Powered via USB and the adapter has an LED indicator light.

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I see from later posts that you aren't going to actually need this but I have posted it in the event that you might decide you need additional monitors or multiple monitors on a system with only a VGA connector and no HDMI.

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