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Connecting extra monitor.

Hi I have a new acer aspire x1700, when ordering it it stated that it has pci express slots which I needed for a video card I bought to install in my old pc (which I broke, don't ask!) I thought I'd keep it to install in my new pc as I want two monitors. However the two slots available are taken, one of them has the video card with monitor connection, which i am using now, there is another vga connection on the back which had a cover over it, I have tried to use it but it dosent work, could it be disconnected or diabled? it is not showing on device manger as a video adaptor. Thanks.

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  • essie637 Apr 14, 2009

    Hi thanks for replying, the second monitor is not showing anywhere, as the connector was capped off i am wondering if it was disconncted from the motherboard because the pc was shipped with a higher spec video card, or if I just need drivers, although I wouldn't know what drivers. this pc came with nothing, no manual or discs, and the acer website dosen't have any info for this model.

  • essie637 Apr 14, 2009

    Thanks Siawolf, What a pain, I was hoping there was a way around that, especially as I recently bought a video card, oh well. Thanks.

  • essie637 Apr 14, 2009

    I am confused now but I am sure there is a solution without buying extra. I have read that I can have two monitors without a dual card.



    The pc has two cards one has a DVI and HDMI connection the other has just one normal monitor connection. (no s-video). Lower down there is a HMDI and Monitor connection which came covered with a cap (I presume disabled due to upgrade as explained)



    What I would like is two monitors (web designing work) and my pc connected to my TV, (which has HDMI and DVI connections). I also have the spare card I bought before which has a normal monitor connection, a DVI, and s-video connection.



    I would like to know if there is much difference between DVI and HDMI? if so which is better.



    Could I take out the card which has the DVI and HDMI connector and install my spare videocard with the DVI connection, would this work? and if it did would I be able to enable the HDMI connection which was previously capped off?



    Sorry this is long, I appreciate all the help recieved.

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The videocard the monitor is connected to is active, this most likely is a upgrade and the onboard (on motherboard/integrated) is automatically DISABLED when you insert any pci-e video card in the expansion slot.
If you want to run two monitors, you need to remove the video card in the expansion slot and replace it with a dual monitor capable card.
these will range from 30 to 500 dollars depending with one you want.

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    Jeff Strader Apr 15, 2009

    well, you can use two add-in cards , or one with dual monitor capacity. i havent seen a motherboard with onboard video not disable itself when you plug a video card into the pci-e slot. perhaps you could clarify if you were talking about: onboard video+PCI-e or PCI-e+PCI-e ?

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You have to enable it before you can use it. Right click on the desktop in an empty area, select properties, then settings, then click on the picture of the second monitor, it wil ask you if you want to extend your desktop to inable the secod monitor, the rest I think you can figure out, good luck, if you still have a problem just note it and i'll check back

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    George Bill Apr 14, 2009

    it sounds like you only have a single video connector. That is indeed rare these days. does the card that you used in place of the onboard video, a single video head and that's it or is there an s video on it. Also you can pick up an 8800 geForce with 2 heads for 50-100 dollars

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    George Bill Apr 14, 2009

    yes you should be able as long as there is a slot for the card, we used to run multiple monitors by running individual video cards before windows 98, So yes by all means try it

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    George Bill Apr 15, 2009

    The DVI and Hdmi are similar the HDMI is newer, ther are converters that change DVI to HDMI

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