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Know little about graphics cards and confused by choice. When I phone Scan for advice they recommend a £50 card which I think is probably too powerful for my needs. Any help or suggestions appreciated. Or if you have a card to sell, I'll consider that.

I have a Dell Vostro 200 desktop and want to run a 2nd monitor off it. The desktop has spare slots for PCI Express x16 card, PCI Express x1, and PCI card.

Currently has no GFX card and has 1 x VGA output which connects to my 20" Samsung monitor. I have a 2nd Samsung 22" monitor that I'd like to hook up alongside it.

I am not a gamer, only need to meet the basic requirement of extending my desktop documents to a second screen. I also have 2 x DVI cables that came with the monitors, so I guess a card with 2 x DVI connectors is appropriate.

Any suggestions for something basic that will sit my purposes, without wasting money for power I don't need. I would also like something quiet too - the Vostro is currently very quiet and would hate to turn it into a monster. Thanks all.

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Dual-head graphic cards are niche components and the Scan quote of £50 is a good price considering you'll get at least 12 months warranty.
BTW - laptops are capable of running a 2nd external monitor or projector by design.

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Babe Maul;1717260

Dual-head graphic cards are niche components and the Scan quote of £50 is … Dual-head graphic cards are niche components and the Scan quote of £50 is a good price considering you'll get at least 12 months warranty.BTW - laptops are capable of running a 2nd external monitor or projector by design.



I see. Does dual head mean two outputs? In which case, if it saves me money I suppose I could get a single-head and just run one of the monitors off the VGA output that I already have? Would this make a big difference in price do you think? (Thanks btw) :thumbsup:

Edit: yes, I know about the laptop thing, but do want this for my desktop. Although I will be getting a DVI - HDMI cable to hook my M1330 up to one of the monitors when needed

Liddle ol' me;1717287

I see. Does dual head mean two outputs? In which case, if it saves me … I see. Does dual head mean two outputs? In which case, if it saves me money I suppose I could get a single-head and just run one of the monitors off the VGA output that I already have? Would this make a big difference in price do you think? (Thanks btw) :thumbsup:Edit: yes, I know about the laptop thing, but do want this for my desktop. Although I will be getting a DVI - HDMI cable to hook my M1330 up to one of the monitors when needed



Yes dh head does mean 2 outputs that can be used simultaneously, not really that niche these days many cards have it
Some mother boards will allow u to use the on-board graphics with another adapter but u will need to check this in your manual and also check that if u do they can be run in different resolutions as picture quality will be dubious if u cant

Correct. Dual-head means twin vga output from the one card.
Unfortunately, you cannot simply add a standard graphics card to a pc with an on-board graphics chip and run them both in tandem. It's either one or the other which is determined by the setting in the BIOS.

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Thanks both - that clarifies things somewhat. At least I know there are potential problems with card and on-board gfx running in tandem. I'd rather avoid that obviously; so far it looks like cheaper options might be thin on the ground. Thanks again.

Or you could consider something like this:

microdirect.co.uk/(12…spx

no idea how they perform etc.

Babe Maul;1717424

Correct. Dual-head means twin vga output from the one card.Unfortunately, … Correct. Dual-head means twin vga output from the one card.Unfortunately, you cannot simply add a standard graphics card to a pc with an on-board graphics chip and run them both in tandem. It's either one or the other which is determined by the setting in the BIOS.



Again bit out of date info, soz m8 but alot of the newer igp setups can run in various display modes, i have one here doing it, its all down to the bios on the board and thats why i said RTM

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maddogb;1717606

Again bit out of date info, soz m8 but alot of the newer igp setups can … Again bit out of date info, soz m8 but alot of the newer igp setups can run in various display modes, i have one here doing it, its all down to the bios on the board and thats why i said RTM



maddogb, seems like you are the up to date here, so I've gone to the manual. However, the info is on adding, removing, replacing cards. Any advice on where I could go for bios detail? This is a Vostro 200 Midi-Tower, about 9 months old. Manual here support.euro.dell.com/sup…htm

Thanks.

Looking at the manual it appears u are out of luck, i found this

"NOTE: If your computer has integrated video, do not connect either monitor to the integrated video connector. If the integrated video connector is covered by a cap, do not remove the cap to connect the monitor or the monitor will not function."

This implies the bios is programmed to actually disable the onboard vga on insertion of an external card which is the same as my board but..
This could be a left over passage cut and pasted from an older manual and if u are keen on trying this borrow a pci-e card from some one, insert it as per instructions
connect your main monitor to the new card and go straight in to bios to see if any new vga related options are there
The board i have here is an ati x1150 based board, i believe this is the same as the amd690 chipset and when this procedure is done the bios gives extra surround display options to set
as i said before this is down to how dell have written the bios.

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Ok, I'll see if I can find someone to lend me a card, but looks like it just might be safer to get a dual-head card. Probably better anyway, in case I want to stick it in another system later.

Cheers maddogb, appreciate all your help on this. Rep added. :thumbsup:

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Byw, just found this one at £18.99 - From what I can tell it will work for me - dual head VGA and DVI-D (single link - the type of cable I got free with the sammys). Should do the job, don't you think? ebuyer.com/pro…004

EDIT: Thanks for the answer by pm maddogb - much appreciated again.
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