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I want to run 3 monitors on my dell vostro

I have installed 2nd grap[hics card which runs 2 happily but when i plug 3rd in to the original card it defalts to that 1 and the other 2 dont work !!??? help

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  • chrisric Mar 04, 2009

    this makes sence,is there any way to get round it without having to add another graphics card ??

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Another option to try since you have a Graphics card with dual outputs (whether they be HDMI, VGA, DVI, or a Combination of any of these), would be to buy a small video adapter/splitter. this will split the image from one output into two outputs enabling you to use up to four displays if you had two of these adapters on a dual display device. the cable is available online, but you would have to do some searching for it as they are not too popular and easy to find. i hope this answers your question or solves your problems. also you will need a good power supply as the voltage drops for your displays will increase. may not be possible with all cards either.

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Hi,
 
Couple of points I’d like to mention. Vostro has two models slim and mini tower. Both of them are mostly similar so this should be applicable for whichever you have.
 
The default graphics card on the computer is integrated on the motherboard. When you add another video card, say to the PCI-Express 16x slot on the motherboard, this disables the integrated video card.
 
If the 2 monitors are connected to the video card, both would get display.
When the computer is turned ON, if you plug in the 3rd monitor to the integrated video card, you would not get any display on the 3rd monitor. BUT if you restart the computer with the 3rd monitor plugged in, the computer would give a signal to the 3rd monitor and disable the two monitors connected to the video card. This feature is added on purpose to diagnose any possible video card problems. Eg. Assuming there was a problem with the video card, if this feature were not available you would not get any display on the monitor from any of the ports and you would not be able to diagnose if the problem was with the monitor, integrated video or the video card.
 
Hope this helps. Please rate your feedback!
Thanks,
VJ

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  • Vivek Jacob
    Vivek Jacob Mar 04, 2009

    Hi,


     


    Assuming your monitors are
    connected to the (DVI & VGA) or (DVI & DVI) depending on the card. If
    your video card and monitor have a HDMI(High resolution) or SVideo(low resolution
    mainly used to connect TV’s) port, you could connect it to this. If not another
    video card would be the only option.



     


    Hope this helps. Thanks for
    the feedback!



    Cheers!


    VJ



  • dhosani
    dhosani Feb 16, 2013

    Another pci video card or PCI express card? There are two slots for PCI and one for PCI-E. Which pci card i can get

  • dhosani
    dhosani Feb 16, 2013

    to run Three monitors?

  • dhosani
    dhosani Feb 16, 2013

    Please email at dhosani@aol.com

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  • Product Form Factor Ultra-slim desktop
  • Width 7.6 in
  • Depth 7.6 in
  • Height 1.4 in
  • Localization United States
  • Desktop type Budget desktop system , Small-form-factor PC
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  • Max Supported Qty 1
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