Adding an additional monitor to my PC?

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November 9, 2009 at 07:39:49
Specs: Windows XP
Hey people :)

First of all apologies if this is in the wrong section, I
was a little confused to where to create a ew topic and
thought this would be the best place but mods please
remove if you feel necessary.

I was hoping someone could offer me a little support
regarding trying to add my new tv/monitor as my
secondary monitor to my pc, ideally what I want is
when you add a second monitor to your laptop as an
extended monitor that is what I require.

Is this possible? If so how? Would I need to
purchase an additional graphioc card for my pc?
Could you recommend me one? Or could I purchase
something like a vga splitter which I would plug in the
back of my vga slot and it would have two female vga

Thank you.

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November 9, 2009 at 08:06:40
Most (Like 99%) laptops support this by default. You just have to cycle through the external screen configurations until you get both monitors at once. Most laptops do this by holding the "FN" key and pressing "F4" key. It differs as to which function key you press depending on the manufacture of the laptop. Mine is a Dell and it uses FN+F8. Just look at the little blue pictures on the Function buttons to determine which one.

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November 9, 2009 at 08:10:46

I assume that you will buy a new monitor which uses the DVI (digital) connection.

To use this I suggest buying a video card that has one VGA connector for your existing monitor and one DVI connection for your new monitor.

You could buy a DVI video card just for the new monitor, but as many video cards have both vga and DVI, you might as well go for one new card to handle both monitors.

The type of card you buy will also depend on what you have now (e.g., AGP, PCI Express). If the video is built-in to your PC, the type will depend on available slots - check the motherboard information.


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November 9, 2009 at 08:17:38
This is a LAPTOP.

But, yes if your new TV/Monitor does not have a VGA connector then you will need a VGA (Small Blue Connector) to HDMI dongle to connect to the back of your laptop. Your laptop may have a DVI (Large White connector) connector then a DVI to HDMI dongle will work.

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November 9, 2009 at 08:27:04
Hey guys, I dont have a laptop.

Im talking about my pc connecting to my monitor, the monitor
is also a tv and has hdmi/scart/vga cables, I will check if my tv
has a dvi connector but i dont think it does.

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November 9, 2009 at 08:28:33
Hi Ace_Omega,

What I read was that this was a second monitor to a PC add my new tv/monitor as my
secondary monitor to my pc

and it was to be similar to the second monitor on a laptop - hence my response.

Anyway, Spectacular1 will hopefully reply and confirm whether this is a second monitor for a laptop or for a PC.

As you say, if the 'monitor' is a TV then either a card with HDMI or a converter to HDMI.


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November 9, 2009 at 08:29:04
then why did you say...

"when you add a second monitor to your laptop as an "


Oh ok my mistake I miss under stood.

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November 9, 2009 at 08:32:21
Hi Spectacular1,

My mistake - look for a card with both HDMI and vga - ignore the DVI.

(I assume your existing monitor is vga)


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November 9, 2009 at 09:45:00
Sorry I'm a little bit confused :(

My tv/monitor has a hdmi/vga input.

Does this mean I will have to invest in a hdmi pci card and
install it on my motherboard, this way I can either connect to
the tv/monito via a hdmi cable, or a hdmi cable to a vga
cable on the monitor?

Or do I invest in a graphic card and just have a vga to vga
connection? Thanks

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November 9, 2009 at 09:46:51
Also would it be possible to have the pc sound coming through
the tv? Would I need to invest in a hdmi pci card for this?

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November 10, 2009 at 04:33:52

From what you said initially, you want the TV as a secondary monitor.

If you want two monitors then you need two outputs from your PC video card.

As your TV/monitor has an HDMI input then feeding it from a vga output on a video card will not make best use of the quality available on your TV.

So I suggest that you buy a video card that has both hdmi and whatever your current monitor requires (presumably vga).

Some cards have vga + DVI + hdmi, so you would be ready to upgrade your vga monitor to a DVI connected LCD monitor in the future.

As before: make sure that the card you buy matches what your motherboard supports, e.g. AGP, PCI express.



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