dual monitor options

Ok I want to know what my dual monitor options are with what I currently have. I have an AGP video card installed that has VGA and S-Video output. I also have my older AGP video card. What I want to know is can I either find a way to install my old card in a PCI slot or or alternatively buy an adapter for S-Video to VGA. I know the resolution would not be higher than 1024x768 with the s video but i don't need it any higher on my CRT. I was using a tv monitor with the S-Video but text is impossible to read so thats why i am looking to go either the AGP to PCI or S-Video to VGA route. Are either of these fathomable or am I going to be forced to buy another card of some sort?
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    AGP to PCI

    forget about it, this doesn't exist.

    S-Video to VGA

    Text is unreadable, because S-VIDEO only have around 500 lines of resolution. The actual spec for conventional TV is 525 lines interlaced @ 59.97 Hertz (this include synch. lines and overhead). When you set 1024x768, your GPU actually "compress" pixels to make them fit in around 500 lines. This is why you get poor quality.

    Get a low-priced dual-output AGP card. Today's GPU all have 2 VGA or 1 VGA + 1 DVI output. And most card comes with DVI to VGA adapter. This solution would surpass anything you might think of with your actual stuff.

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  2. Thanks for the info. I guess the only reason I thought about the AGP to PCI is because I saw <A HREF="http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20020601/etc_agp2pci.html" target="_new">this</A>, But not being able to read the site, it may very well be intended for PCI express. Regardless I think I may go with option 3 and try to find a cheap PCI graphics card for the second monitor.
  3. Yeah, that is a PCIe to AGP converter - and that only works with those half width cards (which all suck)

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  4. Actually that does look like a AGP to PCI/PCI-X connector, not PCIe;

    <A HREF="http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20020601/image/nap7.html" target="_new">http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20020601/image/nap7.html</A>

    Probably cripples the hell out of cards though.

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