[olug] dual head vid cards

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 20:02:40 UTC 2010

i meant to ask in addition to the audio splitter if there is a cheap
hdmi-to-vga adapter as well?  In other words, the dvi-i analog for

On 1/29/10, Rob Townley <rob.townley at gmail.com> wrote:
> isnt hdmi replacing dvi, so hdmi would be more futureproof.  hdmi can
> support audio in the cable.  (wish it supported usb and ethernet as
> well on a fiber optic line wo hdcp)
> if u use hdmi cables, is there a cheap splitter to goto to the
> preexisting speakers?
> On 1/29/10, Jay Swackhamer <Jay at reboottheuser.com> wrote:
>> The add-on cards will allow you to run both displays, but if you are
>> going to be keeping the analog monitors, you will have to find a video
>> card that has a DVI-I and not a DVI-D. DVI-I you can convert to analog
>> DVI-D you cannot.
>> Running the onboard + an expansion vid card depends on the
>> motherboard. Most of the stuff within the last six months 'should' but
>> not positively work.
>> I'd plan on getting at least one digital LCD, and build a system with
>> dual onboard video. Performance would be the same, but overall cost
>> would be lower, and less power consumed.
>> How about get a single larger monitor?
>> Anymore, I'd prefer to have a TV as a monitor using HDMI, even a 720p
>> will give you a decent resolution. Walmart has been selling 50inch
>> 720p plasmas for $500 or less. But 20inch LCD's on newegg are $140
>> also...... but if he has/was looking to get a new TV, then i'd
>> dual-purpose it.....
>> If you want the DVI-vga adapters, I'll look to see what I have, I used
>> to have quite a few, and could possibly give you a couple. Most video
>> cards had one included in the box.
>> --
>> Jay Swackhamer
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>> Quoting Obi-Wan <obiwan at jedi.com>:
>>> My 64-yr-old dad is about to buy a new, low end PC to replace his
>>> dinosaur.  The dino currently has two vid cards to power his two
>>> 19" CRT's.  Since neither existing vid card will fit in any new box,
>>> he'll need to buy a second vid card if he wants to keep the dual
>>> head setup (and he does).
>>> Here's my question:  Will most low end PCIe-16 vid cards like this one:
>>>    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127473
>>> which have one DVI & one VGA port allow you to run both ports
>>> simultaneously as side-by-side monitors, or do you typically just
>>> have to choose one port or the other (or mirror them)?  I've seen
>>> it done that way in the past, so I don't want to assume.  Dad runs
>>> lower screen res on those monitors (maybe 1280x1024), so the max
>>> resolution of the two combined is still within the limits of that
>>> card.
>>> If I do only get to run one port on that card, here's another question:
>>> Would I likely be able to run one monitor off the onboard video and
>>> the second one off a PCIe card, or does the PCIe slot override the
>>> onboard slot?
>>> This card is less than half the cost of a dual-DVI card (even before
>>> you buy the DVI-VGA adapters), but I'm wondering if he should get a
>>> $70 dual-DVI card anyway so he's ready when his current monitors die.
>>> This new PC will definitely outlast his monitors.
>>> --
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