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Topic # 128960 29-Aug-2013 18:53
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So I want a second screen.

Other than buying one what do I need to make I work on my machine. I realise you may need some info in my machine but I don't know what. Ask me and I'll provide the details

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  Reply # 886898 30-Aug-2013 09:32
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The only thing we need to know is what graphics card you are using. Most cards these days come with multiple inputs so it's usually as easy as plugging in the second monitor via vga/dvi/hdmi. 

If you are using onboard graphics (ie your machine doesn't have a dedicated graphics card) then without knowing the specs of the motherboard it's more than likely you would need to buy a separate graphics card.




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  Reply # 886905 30-Aug-2013 09:45
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For an easy option and if you have a couple of spare USB ports (though you could get a hub) you could go down this route 
http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/e1649fwu

There is a 22" model also. Not sure if you can get them in NZ though

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 887016 30-Aug-2013 12:43
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I have a nvidia 250 gts I believe (not at home now) will this allow it.

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  Reply # 887019 30-Aug-2013 12:47
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kiwis: I have a nvidia 250 gts I believe (not at home now) will this allow it.


if its this card - http://techreport.com/review/16504/nvidia-geforce-gts-250-graphics-card then just make sure your new screen has DVI port.

most modern systems and graphics cards will support two screens, often 1x vga and 1x dvi/hdmi.




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  Reply # 887032 30-Aug-2013 12:49
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That should be fine, just plug the second screen in, and you're away. It might default to mirroring (displaying the same thing on both monitors) but you can go into the Windows (or Nvidia) display settings and set it to "extend desktop" which will let you have different things on each monitor. Also note that the monitors don't have to be the same size

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  Reply # 887057 30-Aug-2013 13:24
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kiwis: I have a nvidia 250 gts I believe (not at home now) will this allow it.


if its this card - http://techreport.com/review/16504/nvidia-geforce-gts-250-graphics-card then just make sure your new screen has DVI port.

most modern systems and graphics cards will support two screens, often 1x vga and 1x dvi/hdmi.


DVI->VGA adapter will also work in this case. 




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