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VGA monitor to S-Video port?

by 1Eddy213 / August 14, 2010 4:31 AM PDT

Hooking up a 3rd monitor so I can play TF2 on 3 screens. Grin I hooked it up to the open VGA port on my computer, but it says that's an unsupported configuration, and that I must hook up the monitor to the graphics card. With the DVI and VGA already taken by the other 2 monitors, all I have left is a female S-Video and a Male VGA from this monitor. Can't find a converter anywhere, help?

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VGA to S-Video
by andybaber2000 / August 14, 2010 10:59 AM PDT

The open VGA port you have, is that the MB port? If it is, it may have been turned off in BIOS when your video card was installed. That was the case when I had a video card installed on my system. Just go into BIOS and check that onboard VGA is active. Hope this helps. Happy

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I wish.
by 1Eddy213 / August 15, 2010 12:18 AM PDT
In reply to: VGA to S-Video

I tried it, but then it said in order to enable the MB port, I need to disable the ones on my graphics card. Meh.

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VGA to S-Video
by andybaber2000 / August 15, 2010 1:27 AM PDT
In reply to: I wish.

OK my MB has a DVI and a VGA, my vidoe card has two DVI ports. I have used three at the same time. Two moniters and a HDTV hooked up by VGA. I can only see two choices. First goto the MB web site and see what they say. You may need to download new drivers for the onboard video. The other choice is if you have an open PCI or PCIe slot install a second video card. If I had the money for more moniters I do have a spare video card, from when I upgraded to one with more memory.
Hope some of this helps. Wink

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Don't bother
by Jimmy Greystone / August 15, 2010 2:25 AM PDT

Don't bother.

A) If you already have two displays hooked up via the DVI and VGA ports on your video card, then the S-Video port won't let you run a third

B) Even if A weren't true, S-Video only has the bandwidth to handle 480i/576i resolution. More commonly known as NTSC/PAL respectively, or standard definition. So, you'd be talking about a max resolution of around 768x480.

You'll need to make a choice between abandoning the idea of three displays, or getting a second video card.

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