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# 116827 11-May-2013 09:59
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At present I have two monitors running from one socket on a graphics card. I want to be able to connect a tv and a third monitor to my computer 
What would you suggest is the quickest dirtiest way to achieve that?

I have a socket for a on board graphics card but after a bit of fiddling in the cmos and online it seems they wont run together the pci and the on-board graphics card




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  # 815682 11-May-2013 11:07
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Typically speaking you won't be able to use onboard GFX and a PCIe or AGP card at the same time.

The best option (assuming you're not after super GFX intensive stuff) is a USB video card. The more expensive option is a 4 head video card.



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  # 815686 11-May-2013 11:17
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sbiddle: Typically speaking you won't be able to use onboard GFX and a PCIe or AGP card at the same time.

The best option (assuming you're not after super GFX intensive stuff) is a USB video card. The more expensive option is a 4 head video card.


I see there are DYNAMIX 15cm VGA Monitor Multi- plexer "Y" Cable. (HD DB15M to 2 x HD DB15F)

Would these degenerate the signal?

At present i use a similiar one of these on the dvi port so I can run two monitors

Do you think i could plug one in to another ending up with three outlets and use on for the tv? 




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  # 815700 11-May-2013 11:42
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Are you wanting the exact same image on all of the screens (consider the tv a screen too.) and what cables are you using for each?
Perhaps a splitter box that can take one signal in and split to 4 outputs could do it if the same image on all four.

If you're wanting something different on each screen then I would look at an Amd Eyefinity or recent Nvidia card (660 or newer required I think.) card or if your motherboard can take it a second graphics card. The usb video adapter will add one more screen but if you're going to need to add two then replacing existing video card may be wiser.

What is your current video card and motherboard if you happen to know?



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  # 815708 11-May-2013 11:58
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Poll: Are you wanting the exact same image on all of the screens (consider the tv a screen too.) and what cables are you using for each?
Perhaps a splitter box that can take one signal in and split to 4 outputs could do it if the same image on all four.

If you're wanting something different on each screen then I would look at an Amd Eyefinity or recent Nvidia card (660 or newer required I think.) card or if your motherboard can take it a second graphics card. The usb video adapter will add one more screen but if you're going to need to add two then replacing existing video card may be wiser.

What is your current video card and motherboard if you happen to know?


ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT

Processor 1 ID = 0
Number of cores 4 (max 4)
Number of threads 4 (max 4)
Name AMD Phenom X4 9600B
Codename Agena
Specification AMD Phenom(tm) 9600B Quad-Core Processor
Package Socket AM2+ (940)
CPUID F.2.3
Extended CPUID 10.2
Brand ID 11
Core Stepping DR-B3
Technology 65 nm
TDP Limit 97 Watts
Core Speed 2310.4 MHz
Multiplier x Bus Speed 11.5 x 200.9 MHz
HT Link speed 1004.5 MHz
Stock frequency 2300 MHz
Instructions sets MMX (+), 3DNow! (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4A, x86-64,
does that help?

I dint reliase the vid cards were so cheap 

i see a HD5450 for $50 that looks like it would do the job?
Thanx for your help





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  # 815712 11-May-2013 12:17
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I've not used that exact card but i've used a sapphire 6450 Flex to run three monitors on dvi and a 6850 running 2 on dvi one on hdmi. I would say you should be fine with one of them if you are already using a splitter for two monitors. If you want to run all four individually then you need to move up to a radeon 5700 or 6500 or greater.

That 5450 should be able to run 3 screens all at once though.



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  # 816435 12-May-2013 21:35
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Poll: I've not used that exact card but i've used a sapphire 6450 Flex to run three monitors on dvi and a 6850 running 2 on dvi one on hdmi. I would say you should be fine with one of them if you are already using a splitter for two monitors. If you want to run all four individually then you need to move up to a radeon 5700 or 6500 or greater.

That 5450 should be able to run 3 screens all at once though.


I ordered a sapphire 6450 Flex will post how i Go




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  # 822872 21-May-2013 11:31
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I ordered a sapphire 6450 Flex will post how i Go


Ok so I have now concluded the great adventure of a new graphics card!!

If you are the type of person that when you drop some toast on the floor and it lands Butteretd side up, or you que for tickets for a show and you get the last two seats!
Then installing and setting up a new graphics card wil take you 15 minutes tops !
However if you rush out of the house on your way to work and when the door slams shut you remebr the car keys are still on the kitchen table! or you que for tickets and the couple in front get the last two tickets!
Join the club!

Get card
realize you don't have the correct leads now different sockets order correct leads wait another day
Leads come in
Put new card in
fire it up
install software as per instructions
fire it up 
Black screen
fire it up safe mode 
re install
black screen
uninstall software that came with device!
download latest from website
realize uve download the 64bit not the 32 bit
re download
install 
fire it up (cross fingers)
Yaya!
Spend 15 mis figuring out monitor tv combination on windows 7


As an end i just sold the old card on trade me for 30 bucks so the whole exercise cost me 
about $70 + time 2 hours at $80? 
But it was fun.........




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