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June 6, 2012 9:22:23 PM

Hello,
I have an HPE Pavillion 140f destop (product specs at http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01... .
Since the video card (NVIDIA GeForce GT230) has 3 ports, I bought a 3rd monitor that would rotate to portrait. However, when I plugged it in and went to the Nvidia control panel to rotate the display it said that this video card only supports 2 monitors. What can I do?
The mobo had 2 video ports on it. But they have caps on them which say do not remove. Can I enable one of them or enable the 3rd port on the Nvidia video card? Do I need to add another video card or what? Thank you very much for your help.

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June 6, 2012 9:46:39 PM

The integrated GPU is disabled when an add-in GPU, such as your GT230, is installed.

Your options are to buy a GPU that supports 3 monitors simultaneously or use one of the new USB video cards to run that 3rd monitor ( dont except to game with one of these. Fine for business graphics)

If you opt for the new GPU option, be sure the card you get has the proper outputs to connect all your monitors.
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June 6, 2012 10:41:27 PM

Thank you Popatim for your quick reply. I have 3 brief followup questions.
1. Can your recommend an inexpensive GPU that supports 3 monitors? (Note: I have 2 LG 2243T monitors and one LG E2211. All 3 have inputs of DVI-D and D-Sub).
2. I have seen splitters for video ports. Would one of these work?
3. Could you recommend an inexpensive USB video cards. I will not be gaming with it. Will these allow the signal being sent to the monitor to be rotated to portrait (to fit the physically rotated monitor? (Note: I use Win 7 Home edition).
Thank you so much for your help.


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June 6, 2012 10:45:00 PM

What's your monitor size and resolution?
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June 6, 2012 11:02:07 PM

All 3 monitors are 22 inch 1920 x 1080.
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June 9, 2012 5:16:29 PM

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June 9, 2012 5:17:15 PM

popatim said:
The integrated GPU is disabled when an add-in GPU, such as your GT230, is installed.

Your options are to buy a GPU that supports 3 monitors simultaneously or use one of the new USB video cards to run that 3rd monitor ( dont except to game with one of these. Fine for business graphics)

If you opt for the new GPU option, be sure the card you get has the proper outputs to connect all your monitors.



Thanks Popatim. I went with the new USB video card and am happy with it.
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