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September 7, 2011 1:16:29 AM

i have dell inspiron 530 with nvidia gt240 windows xp, I want to run two computer monitors and one hdtv, is this possible?
i can get two monitors to work, or monitor and tv but never all 3. Do i need a new video card?
any input is appreciated.
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September 7, 2011 1:26:06 AM

Even with three monitor connectors, very few can run more than two of the three connectors at once. And, they are the very top end cards.

Just add in a second expansion card. It need not be expensive if it is not for gaming. You can get them for pci-e slots of course, but also pci and even X1 or x4 slots.

Also, since you are using XP, you should get a second Nvidia card so you can use the same copy of the driver. XP, unlike windows 7, restricts you to one graphics driver.
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September 7, 2011 1:38:04 AM

thanks for the advice!

i have 2 open pci 1x slots i think?

any suggestions on a card? going to use this monitor mostly for internet surfing nothing

intense..


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September 7, 2011 1:44:07 AM

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Even with three monitor connectors, very few can run more than two of the three connectors at once. And, they are the very top end cards.


I disagree. Thats why AMD came out with Eyefinity. Not all of the 5 or 6 series cards can do this, but most can. Avoid the models with VGA and you should be able to run 3 monitors off of one AMD card. Just pull your GT240 and get a 5670 or 5750.

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Also, since you are using XP, you should get a second Nvidia card so you can use the same copy of the driver. XP, unlike windows 7, restricts you to one graphics driver.


Incorrect as well. XP and 7 both allow for more then one video driver to load. Only Vista restricts you to one.
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September 7, 2011 1:53:42 AM

4745454b said:
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Even with three monitor connectors, very few can run more than two of the three connectors at once. And, they are the very top end cards.


I disagree. Thats why AMD came out with Eyefinity. Not all of the 5 or 6 series cards can do this, but most can. Avoid the models with VGA and you should be able to run 3 monitors off of one AMD card. Just pull your GT240 and get a 5670 or 5750.

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Also, since you are using XP, you should get a second Nvidia card so you can use the same copy of the driver. XP, unlike windows 7, restricts you to one graphics driver.


Incorrect as well. XP and 7 both allow for more then one video driver to load. Only Vista restricts you to one.


Good comments.

I stand corrected.
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September 7, 2011 2:05:18 AM

will the radeons run on my 300 watt ps?

also what is

Ports

D-SUB
1 x D-SUB?

im not familiar with that one.
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a b Î Nvidia
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September 7, 2011 3:24:19 AM

If you get a weak enough one then it will be fine on 300W. A 5570 or 5670 should do fine. It can be hard to find one that can do 3 monitors however so make sure it can. Dsub is VGA.
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September 7, 2011 4:07:16 AM

could i just use a old pci video card from fleabay to run the third monitor, which i will only use for internet surfing? hate to spend over $100 on a card for a old system, that might not even work.........

would a dvi to usb adapter work?
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September 7, 2011 6:24:12 AM

To use Eyefinity you MUST use the output found in the Displayport. (DP) Because the one you linked has VGA instead of DP, it can't run Eyefinity. The one I linked does support it. You MUST use the DP for one of the monitors, and if it doesn't support DP you need an active adapter, or one of the new passive single link ones.
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September 8, 2011 12:55:08 AM

Correct. Your task bar will be on all three screens, you'll be able to move things from one to the other, background will stretch/tile to all three, etc.

Only issue I see is that you are using a TV? Did you want to show things on the TV while you are surfing? You don't want to use Eyefinity if this is the case.
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September 8, 2011 2:54:39 AM

i wanted to use tv like another monitor..watch hulu etc...
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September 8, 2011 4:05:02 AM

Starting to think Eyefinity isn't for you. Does anyone know if you can run three screens on an eyefinity card without linking them?

The issue jeff is that once you enable Eyefinity, that TV is only 1/3rd of your screen. It's really meant for three same size screens that sit side by side. If you have two monitors on your desk and TV on your entertainment center you don't want them linked together. Grabbing a PCIe 1x/PCI card and hooking it up that way is probably a better idea.
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September 8, 2011 4:16:45 AM

yes i see what you mean now, any suggestions it would be a old card right?
does newegg carry old cards?
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a b Î Nvidia
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September 8, 2011 4:19:36 AM

Doesn't need to be an old card. What ever can hook up to your TV.
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September 8, 2011 4:56:11 AM

i only have 1 pcie slot, so it would have to go in pci1x slot correct?
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September 8, 2011 5:01:40 AM

ok let me explain clearly what i am trying to do

i have a 24 inch monitor that is my main monitor, next to it is a 19 inch monitor that i will use for very light internet surfing etc., then i have my 42inch plasma tv i want to be able to watch hulu etc.

right now i have 24 inch monitor and 42 in tv working, so if i add pci video card i can hook that up to 19inch monitor?
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September 8, 2011 5:38:23 AM

You should have some of both open. Just go on newegg and find a PCI/PCIe card within your budget.
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September 8, 2011 6:06:01 PM

so a card like this would work?


isiontek Radeon 7000 64MB PCI Video Card

Chipset: ATI Radeon



GPU Series: ATI Radeon 7000



Lifestyle: Mainstream



GPU/VPU: RADEON 7000



Maximum Resolution: 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz (Analog)



Memory Type: DDR



Video Memory: 64MB



Core Clock: 150 MHz



Memory Clock: 286 MHz



Overclocked: No



1080p Support: No



Video Output: DVI

S-Video

VGA



Low Profile: No



Cooling Type: Heatsink

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a b Î Nvidia
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September 8, 2011 6:14:14 PM

Yes, but it won't be very good.
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September 9, 2011 5:27:10 PM

Pure websurfing only its fine. But the 7000 is a DX7 card. The 9250 is DX8, while the Nvidia card is 10. To weak to use any 10 features but its there. If you wanted to play higher end videos on that screen you might want the decode ability found in newer cards then the 7000.
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September 9, 2011 7:20:04 PM

since this card has hdmi and seems to be most powerful
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814133364

i think ill hook this one up to tv.... and use my current card for two monitors how does that sound?

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a b Î Nvidia
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September 9, 2011 11:48:40 PM

Link is broken. As long as it can handle any HTPC duties you'll throw it at you'll be fine.
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