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Video Card Question for BIG D or ADK...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by starscream2010, May 10, 2005.

  1. Hi. I currently use a SAPPHIRE 579 Radeon 9250 256MB 64-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card video card and would like to eventually run 2 LCD monitors simultaneously. This card does have a DVI and S-Video out but I don't know if this will help me accomplish what I need it to do. Any info given would be much appreciated, BIG D hasn't let me down yet :wink: Here's the rest of my system info just in case it is needed, I don't think that it would be but... here ya go:

    AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Newcastle 800MHz FSB Socket 754 Processor

    MSI K8N NEO-FSR Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250Gb ATX AMD Motherboard

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JD 120GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

    Western Digital Caviar SE WD800JD 80GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive

    Rosewill 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) - 1GB

    BenQ DW1620 Black IDE DVD Burner

    SONY MPF920 Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive

    ARCTIC COOLING Silencer64Ultra TC

    Antec Life Style SONATA Piano Black 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply


    Thanks In Advance!

    Nick
     
  2. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    HI,
    does it have a VGA and a DVI port?
    if so you can buy a VDI to VGA adaptor (or a Digital LCD)
    to connect to the DVI port and run 2 monitors
    plus you have to set up in windows how you want to use you dual
    monitors

    Scott
    ADK
     
  3. Right on, is does also have a VGA port. This makes me very happy to know that I'm not going to have to replace the video card :)
    One more question, I am using WIN XP PRO how would I configure this in Windows?

    Thanks!
    Nick
     
  4. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    You should just be able to right click on the Desktop, and goto Properties > Settings. Then, you should have a pull down menu to select the "Secondary Video". Once selected, check the box that says "Extend my Windows Desktop to this monitor". That should do...

    The Video Card may also have some control panel settings to tweak out the 2 monitors individually, or to "Mirror" the primary onto the Secondary (for remote control of a PC, or just to have 2 identical monitors for whatever - Projection etc). ATI has their "Hydravision" software that alows this, and that is likely simulare to what your Radeon card will use.

    The S-Video out is useless for anything other than watching DVD's or Pictures on a TV set. Text and Icons are practically un-ledgeable with S-Video resolution. Some HDTV's will accept DVI inputs with good resolution, but that is a different story :)

    Enjoy the new system!

    :cool:
     
  5. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Well it looks like Randy's got you covered but here's another option you may not have considered, wide screen LCD. I tested one recently with my DAW and I love it. No more dual monitors for me. The whole mixer fits on one screen and editing is easier also as you can see a longer section of the track, less scrolling left and right. You can get a nice wide screen for less than 2 monitors would cost so you'd save money also. Check one out before you spend your cash on 2 LCD's
     
  6. Thanks Randy and Big D! I appreaciate the information and advice. Big D you're like the 3rd person in a week who's mentioned the wide screen LCD, so there must be something to it. I will be checking into it this weekend :D Thanks again everyone for the help.

    Nick
     

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