I have been having a miserable time trying to get my quad monitor setup to work. I have an Inspiron 530, and I am beginning to believe that my motherboard simply does not support two video cards at the same time.
Pentium 2 dual core
Running on Vista (PC not for gamming)
I have 4 video cards at my disposal (all have 1DVI out and 1VGA out)
4 ASUS 20” widescreen monitors on stand (all have both DVI and VGA in)
1 mini PCI slot
I have tried almost every single combination of video cards possible; PCIE and PCI, PCI and PCI, video card cards of diff manufacturers, Video cards of same manufacturers, I even bought an external; USB hub that created 3 DVI outs ($189), got it home and realized it requires a USB port and a “mini display port” (looks like mine USB) at the same time! My pc does not have a mini display port out.
I can only get two monitors to work at the same time (off the same card).
Has anyone ever had a quad monitor display setup with a dell Inspiron 530?? If so HOW!
Please help, I’ve got all these monitors setup, and they are going to waste
Note that all of the outputs on an eyefinity 6 are Mini-Displayports. If your monitors do not have a displayport connection, you'll need to pick up 4 adapters to convert the signal, similar to how people use DVI-VGA adapters.
Driving video display is up to the GPU, not the mobo really. If the video card can support it, and your GPU works with the mobo (on a simple level), then it'll work. Note that driving 4 displays might be quite a bit of stress on a CPU too.
But yes, you can get a cheap motherboard with two PCI-E slots and get two single slot cheap 5xxx cards as an alternative solution. The cost should be a lot less if you do.
Also keep in mind the power requirements of two video cards vs one.
Looks like i am going to have to get a new motherboard, and then as Boris mentioned run two video cards with two monitors on each. but of course (because nothing is ever easy) i think I am going to have to get a new PC case; the case for the Inspiron 530 does not fit full size mother boards i believe.
Notty, I do eventually plan on switching to seven (now that i am having to get a new motherboard) I might as well get one that supports a 64 bit processor.
i know your system better than you do, no offense.
i'm a former dell tech, look at all my systems under 'member configuration'; 3 modified Dells, 4 Dells all total.
i think it's actually 305watts but on that, you might be right.
I am not questioning that you know more about my PC, I have never even built a PC before.
Could you perhaps recommend a new size PSU for my PC that will support running dual video cards?
Took my PC in to the shop yesterday and installed a 500 Watt PSU, and tried running the two video cards still nothing. Tech support guy tried disabling the on-board video card through the BIOS but apparently Dell's bios does not allow the user to do this.
Basically three guys at the Micro Center here confirmed that my mother board simply will not support running dual graphics cards.
I think i am going to get a new mother board- probably the ASUS P5N-D LGA775
man, I don't know, every time i go to that store someone tells me something different.
I got a new case, new 600 WATT power supply, and getting motherboard today.
I'm just going to reuse all other parts i.e. hard drive, DDR2 Ram, optical drive, and processor. Hopefully this will work! I've never built a PC before so hopefully ill get it right. From what I've read installing the processor and heat sink is really the trickiest part? Do you know of any good step by step guides? or perhaps a you tube video?
Also note something i learned yest. a few of the video cards i was experimenting with would not have worked anyway (regardless of mother board) because they were ATI cards? and my chip set is only compatible with nividia cards. who knew?