Triple Monitor s-video

Packard bell / Imedia x2415
July 17, 2009 at 08:32:09
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
Hey guys I have an nVidia 8400GS.. 1 monitor in the VGA port.. and another in the DVI port through an adapter.

What I'm wondering is.. if I got a VGA to S-Video adapter.. can I plug another monitor into the S-Video port and have triple monitor?

Any other way to add a 3rd monitor?


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July 17, 2009 at 11:44:03
"...can I plug another monitor into the S-Video port and have triple monitor?"

You can do that only if
- you can have three displays - in most cases when the video has two monitor ports, you can connect two monitors, OR one monitor and an S-Video or composite connection, but you can't connect all three.
- the monitor has a S-video input port, and/or a composite video input port (a single female RCA jack, usually yellow, usually beside two RCA jacks for audio, usually red and white) and you use a standard S-Video to composite adapter (4 pinsto a female RCA jack) in the S-video port.
A computer monitor doesn't normally have those, but a TV, or a combo monitor/TV might.

However the S-Video and composite output is processed through a TV-Out chip to conform to relatively old and crude TV display standards - the display will look relatively crummy in comparison to the display on a monitor.
If VGA to S-Video adapters exist, I have not noticed whether they do or not, I doubt you would want to use one for that reason.

In any case, you CAN get yourself a hardware video splitter box, connect that to one monitor port, and connect two or more monitors to the box, the displays being identical for the monitors connected to the box - VGA boxes are cheaper, starting at about $35, and you'd probably also need a cable between the monitor port and the box (they usually don't come with it).

OR you can get a USB video adapter and connect another monitor to that.

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July 24, 2009 at 00:18:52
if you have more than two monitors and you want to display same thing on all monitors then you should use vga splitter.

you can manage you all computers through a single kvm switch.

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July 24, 2009 at 04:59:38
if you used linux SUSE you could have a few virtual desktops which is nearly the same oh yeah and a process screen when the thing crashes so you know where the problem is!!!

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