I've tried y-adapters (the signal got messed up and the primary monitor was rendered useless) and using 2 video cards (windows just extends the desktop to the side, can't find any option to have it mirror the primary). All I need is to have the second monitor show exactly what is on the first. Anyone have any ideas?
I've got a GeForce4 MX440 whose software allows me to clone the image between my monitor and my television, which the ATI8500 must have as well. My suggestion is to update your driver and software, and just take your time and look in the display settings of your vid card's settings.