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Problem with Dual monitor display set up

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June 10, 2004 4:08:16 PM

Product Name: Winfast A250 LE
Software Driver Version: 5.3.0.6
Motherboard Manufacturer, Chipset: ASUS A7N8X-E
Computer Type and Speed: AMD Athlon XP 1600+
Monitor Manufacturer and Model: Samsung SyncMaster 753DFX

Problem:
My WinFast A250 LE has a DVI and VGA output. I want to have a Dual-Monitor Set-up but it doesn't work.
I have used a DVI-to-VGA converter to connect one of my monitors and normal VGA Cable to connect the other cable. When I connect both monitors to my A250 LE, when I boot up my PC, the monitors don't display anything (even during boot-up). I have set my primary Display adapter in my motherboard BIOS to AGP already..
However, if I only connect one monitor at a time (DVI or VGA), they work, but not when two monitors are connected. Is there some special setting I must adjust to allow for Dual monitor set up on my card?

Anyone have any idea?
Thanks a lot in advance for your help!!! :) 
June 10, 2004 4:43:30 PM

did you right click at desktop, go to properties, settings tab, and set it too dual monitors?
June 10, 2004 5:00:25 PM

Ahh thats the thing, i dont have a "dual monitor" option in my settings tab, because when i plug BOTH monitors in, neither of them show anything,they're both blank! :( .
I'm wondering if there is some setting on the board (jumpers?) or drivers that i have to fix first so it knows to disploay the stuff on both VGA and DVI outputs.
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June 10, 2004 5:16:55 PM

Did you attempt to update your chipset/graphics card drivers to latest version? I'm not quite sure on this because I've only set up dual monitors using different 2 different cards. Maybe a more experienced member can help you out.
June 10, 2004 5:37:32 PM

My old Radeon 85000le had both ports, but you COULD NOT adapt the DVI to vga because there was no signal converter chip onboard the card. I think it was a DVI-D port. Did the adapter yo uare using come with the card? This may be your problem, some cards dont support adapting DVI to VGA.

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June 10, 2004 5:59:55 PM

Thanks so much for your thoughts.
Well that's the thing, I'm using the DVI converter rite now, and plugging in my Samsung VGA cable into it, and typing this message. So the converter DOES work and DOES display stuff on screen, just when i plug in another monitor into the vanilla VGA port, they both go blank
June 10, 2004 6:01:03 PM

ahaha phial, i was just like you, i had an old monitor sitting in my clost and thought "damn i wish i had a dual monitor system" lol.... until it just clicked in my head
June 10, 2004 7:25:06 PM

i did the same thing, but realized my crappy old 15" CRT wasnt shielded, so it gave me these annoying scan lines on my main screen.

keep that in mind too, most old monitors are not magnetically shielded at all!

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June 11, 2004 12:18:03 AM

What's worse still is that later in production, companies like Saphire decided that it would be a good idea to use the same connector for BOTH adapter compatable cards and adpater incompatable cards. That probably saved them some wearhousing and confusion on the production line, simplified their stock, etc. But it also meant that MANY cards were produced with the proper connector to use the adapter, but no adapter support (no second RAMDAC).

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