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- What's it take -- 3rd monitor?
July 8, 2007, 5:13 am
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system. I currently have the factory installed nVidia GForce FX 5200
graphics card. I have two LCD's now. I want to get a new 22 inch LCD
widescreen monitor. I would like to keep using my current 2 LCD's
simply because I don't have anything better to do with the extra
monitor. I'm not a gamer, but like having lots of application windows
open at once.
What will I need to get to make this happen? Can I just add a video
card? Do I need to replace my dual card with a triple or quad card?
Re: What's it take -- 3rd monitor?
No, you don't have to replace your current card if you don't want to.
Just get a second PCI (not pcie) video card. It need not be the same
model, or even brand. Anything made after 2000 should be OK. (don't
just dig up an old S3 virge or something, though the 1995 vintage and
newer Matrox stuff works fine[it's Matrox's niche])
The limit in Windows is 10 (which is just a limit of the control panel
applet, and can be overcome), but there may be lower limits imposed by
drivers of specific cards (which can also be overcome by adding
different brands to the array).
The most video cards I've ever put in a machine myself was 5, for 6
monitors (one was a dual).
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