GPU With Dual Monitor

Packard bell / Imedia x2415
March 26, 2009 at 17:18:50
Specs: Linux Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
I'm going for the dual monitor setup, but here's my question.

I currently have an onboard nVidia card with 256Mb memory, which I use for a few games and the effects of Ubuntu as that's my OS. I'm puchasing a second monitor, and a 16Mb Matrox Dual Headed card to allow me to plug both of my monitors into. But, if both of my monitors are plugged into my Matrox 16Mb card, will I be able to use my onboard graphics card for everything else like graphic effects, Photoshop and gaming?

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March 26, 2009 at 17:47:40
In almost all cases, when you plug a video card into a mboard slot, the onboard video is automatically disabled.

Why would you want to severely downgrade your video to a 16mb card?
Any video card with two monitor ports supports using two monitors.

"I currently have an onboard nVidia card ..."

NO you don't.
It's not a card.

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April 27, 2009 at 05:40:32
The Three main ways to Setup Multiple Monitors

1) You can buy a pre-manufactured multiple monitor computer. The best place to purchase a multiple monitor computer is at: They carry a multi-monitor computer line called SUPER PC that can support from 2 to 16 monitors (or more if you ask).

Multiple Monitor Computers

Multiple Monitor Displays

2) You can get a USB to VGA Adapter, or USB to DVI Adapter that will allow you to add an extra monitor to your computer via any USB2.0 Port. You can also add multiple extra monitors by using multiple adapters. This is a great option for viewing documents, surfing the web, using Microsoft Office and many other business tasks. This is not a good option for intense graphical situations such as HDTV, Blu-ray, Gaming and 3D / CAD Workstation applications. For those types of scenarios, it is highly recommended that you purchase a high-powered multi-monitor workstation or a Matrox DualHead2Go or TripleHead2Go

Multiple Monitor Adapters

3) You can replace or add an extra video card to your existing computer, depending on how many monitors you wish to support. Although this sounds easy enough, this is a rather complex solution for a beginner, especially when trying to find a compatible graphics card. For this reason, I am going to write an entirely seperate post on that topic and will link to it here, very soon.

Multiple Monitor Graphics Cards

Once you have your multiple monitor system set up and ready to use, you will need to enable all of your monitors in your “Display Properties” Control Panel. Here is a great link to a complete and animated walkthrough of how to enable your multiple monitors in Windows.

How to Setup Multiple Monitors (Instructions)

This is what it will look like when you are done:

Multi-Monitor Video Demo 1

Multi-Monitor Video Demo 2

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