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Triple monitor setup questions

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January 13, 2007 1:31:58 AM

i have the nVidia GeForce 7800 GS (AGP) card in my old P4 system.

I'm looking to go with three of these guys: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...

My question is - what is the best way to approach the triple monitor setup. I'd like the 7800 to power just one (main) monitor. Then i'd like the other two monitors setup on left and right of main monitor. I looked around and found some dual DVI PCI cards, but they're pretty pricey for just a PCI card.

any suggestions? thanks!
January 13, 2007 2:19:49 AM

get the triple4you converter who something lmao...i really cant think of the name!!!

ANY ONE KNOW IT?!?!?
January 13, 2007 2:20:36 AM

not sure what youre talking about. either way, id still like to stay DVI on all three
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January 13, 2007 11:25:25 AM

There is an excellent forum on this subject Widescreen Gaming Forum. The adaptor lewbaseball07 mentioned is made by Matrox, it's called the triplehead2go. It'll allow you to run up to 3840x1024 for "surround gaming". There's support for well over 100 titles...But, you're going to have a hard time running that resolution on any newer games with that graphics card. 3840x1024 is almost 4 mega-pixels 8O But it will also let you run at lower resolutions.

The forum I linked to above is the source you need to find your solution.

BTW- it uses an analog VGA connection, so the DVI concern isn't relevant for this solution.
January 13, 2007 12:41:57 PM

mia - thanks. I rarely game and am doing this for productivity reasons - i'm a web developer / designer - so i need all the screenspace i can get.
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January 13, 2007 1:39:59 PM

This or this will work for you.

The first one has 2 dvi outputs, the second one has one dvi and one analog.
$125 or $30, either will do what you need it to.

The only down side to the cheaper one is that you will have to hit the auto adjust on your third monitor (if it is a lcd)

Eithher will work.
I would get the cheaper one and save up for a new system w/ 2 pcie 16x slots.
January 13, 2007 6:04:43 PM

OH! Wait! In that case, this may not be the most elagent solution...When in Windows, maximizing an app will maximize it to all three screens. I would think you may want to disregard my post, I thought you were seeking "surround gaming".

So going back to your original question, you have the right idea. And yes a PCI card to do what you want will be expensive, simply due to supply and demand.
March 26, 2013 12:51:49 PM

I have a HP Pavillion dv6 7010us with two dell 19" LCD monitors and a new Samsung 32" flat screen. I have a SIIG USB 2.0 to VGA converter from when I just ran dual screens on my dell monitors, but it ended up working for my triple monitor display. I have been researching how to do this for the past couple of days and nearly gave up. I did not want to go buy a graphics card because I heard that you can do it without one. I ended up just screwing around with my settings and accidentally set the monitors to the triple display setting. I have a USB 2.0 SIIG adapter that runs a VGA to my main monitor, a VGA going to my secondary monitor, and a HDMI going to my TV. Every time I tried to change the settings it would revert back to the old settings until I set the TV to my main display and it automatically made my other two monitors my second and third display. Its been working great.
I would suggest that before you buy a new video card (unless you needed one anyway) that you check your settings and ensure that it wont work as is.
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