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Can I add a video card so that I can use two monitors? If so, where do I put it??

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Hi,
Check if your computer has a video output connection; VGA, DVI or S Video. If it has, then it can do dual monitors. All you need to do is just hook up the external monitor to the computer video connector.

If your computer does not have any of the connections mentioned, I am afraid you wont be able to upgrade the card since it is built in the motherboard. What you can do, is buy an external graphics card. You can hook this up to your computer via the USB port.

Let me know if you have further questions.
Thank you!

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