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Video Driver for 2nd Monitor

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February 2, 2009 11:40:40 PM

I'm a newbie who has added a second new quality LCD monitor by adding a PCI driver card. Problem is that it does not render clear, sharp text and is not suitable for editing/enhancing photos. The driver card is a Matrox Graphics Millennium II with 8 MB. When I connect the new monitor to the mobo graphics all is well.

I've looked for a good replacement ckt card, but there are so many available and most seem to be made for much more demanding appl than I need, that I can't confidently select one. My budget is not fat.

Can someone guide me to a good but inexpensive card?

My PC specs.
MoBo=Asus A7N8X-E, AMD Sempron 2600+ @1830 Mhz
Phoenix/Award Technol., LTD 6.00 PG 07/02/2003
2 GB PC3200, 250 GB WD 250 GB HDD, 7200 RPM, 8 MB buffer
LG HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4521B and HL-DT-ST CD-RW
PCI display card: Matrox Graphics Millennium II with 8 MB
Graphics ckt on MoBo is Nvidia GeForce2 MX100/200, with 32 MB
Realtek, AC’97 for VIA ® Audio Controller,
Windows XP Home with SP-3

Thanks!
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February 3, 2009 1:53:00 PM

Welcome to the forums!

Get an AGP card with 2 connectors, like the 2600XT, if your's doesn't have two connectors.

Otherwise you could upgrade that system to a SLI or Crossfire board.
750i/780i/P45/X38/X48.
It would entail a new system essentially.
February 4, 2009 12:31:09 AM

More info on the 2600XT would be helpful
Thanks.
February 4, 2009 1:39:09 AM

Here is a link to all AGP cards from newegg that have 1 dsub/1 dvi. Prices range from $30-85 (the most expensive cards will perform well but are for the most part overkill for what you need). Any of these cards are way better than what you are using currently and offer the ability to use both of your monitors with a single card, best of all you can stop using your integrated gfx and free up some cpu/ram.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...
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