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Triple Monitor Setup...how with my specs?

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March 28, 2009 11:32:58 PM

Hello all,
Thanks in advance for the help.

I want to upgrade my monitor setup to use three displays. Given my specs below, is it possible without needing to replace my video card or motherboard? What would I have to do to accomplish this?

ASUS P5B-E LGA 775 Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2667
EVGA e-GeForce 7900 GTO


Thanks again,
Joe Z
March 29, 2009 1:18:57 AM

use a DVI-D Y cable for one of your dvi ports... they're like 25 bucks or so
March 29, 2009 1:57:55 AM

Will that just mirror two of the monitors, or will it truly act as three separate screens? How will Windows react to this? (currently on XP)
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March 29, 2009 7:29:53 PM

Just wanted to add a little information....hopefully it helps. My mother board has:

1x PCI-E 16x Slot (used by my 7900
3x PCI-E 1x Slot
3x PCI Slot
March 29, 2009 10:25:38 PM

joez said:
Will that just mirror two of the monitors, or will it truly act as three separate screens? How will Windows react to this? (currently on XP)


The DVI-D Y cable will enable 3 separate displays, got it running in front of me now (using a 2900XT)
a b Î Nvidia
a b C Monitor
a c 95 V Motherboard
March 29, 2009 10:36:12 PM

I don't see how splitting one single into two will give him seperate displays. It should just mirror it. I've never used one, so I very well could be wrong. Are you looking to game on all three at the same time, or just view pages on all three? If you are looking to game, I'd replace the motherboard. Get one that supports has two or more 16X slots. Buy two video cards, and your done. If you just want to view pages on them, or game on one with other pages up so you can check email/IMs, then buy a video card that fits in the 1x slot.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Expensive, but it will enable 2 more monitors on your system. I didn't look up your system specs, your motherboard doesn't have onboard video does it?
March 29, 2009 10:38:58 PM

i don't understand how a splitter cable can give you two separate displays rather than a mirrored one. it doesn't make sense. and for the OP, maybe a tripleheadtogo would be useful?
March 30, 2009 2:05:07 AM

I'm pretty sure your video card can only support 2 screens through its 2 dvi ports and your mobo has no onboard video. Bare minimum you'll need to get another video card to support an extra monitor.
March 30, 2009 9:29:40 PM

Will XP be able to run the secondary video card listed above since it will require running two different drivers? Isn't that card an ATI? So would that create issues?
March 30, 2009 9:34:13 PM

schizz69 said:
The DVI-D Y cable will enable 3 separate displays, got it running in front of me now (using a 2900XT)


The ebay auction found here says: DVI-D Splitter replicates single output into two outputs
http://cgi.ebay.com/Video-Splitter-For-Dual-DVI-D-Male-...

Doesn't this mean it will not work? Can you please link me to the cable you are using?
a b Î Nvidia
a b C Monitor
a c 95 V Motherboard
March 31, 2009 2:52:30 AM

What OS are you using? If your using XP, your fine. XP can load and use two different video drivers. If you've moved to vista, you'll only be able to load one, so the one I linked wouldn't work. It could, but you'll need to dump the 7900 for something newer.
March 31, 2009 1:37:47 PM

I'm running XP now....if I ever upgrade to vista/7 then I'll get another mobo and video card setup.
April 7, 2009 4:54:27 PM

I purchased the PCIE-1x video card. I now have 2- 17" dell 1704fp monitors on either side of my 24" dell 2407wfp monitor. Each 17" is turned on its side. Works perfetly with the software included by both ATI and nVidia.

Triple mointors rock!
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