[olug] dual head vid cards
obiwan at jedi.com
Sat Jan 30 01:53:10 UTC 2010
>> 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).
> I assume that is because the old video cards are PCI and/or AGP and any new system will be PCIe, correct?
> If the card is not listed as a dual-head card then it isn't a dual head card. You need a dual circuitry to drive dual outputs. The DVI and VGA outputs are included so you can use any monitor from the last 20 years or so. :-)
> Most mainboards that have built-in video allow you to disable it and run with an add-on card only. But running with both "should" always work, assuming the video card drivers can handle it. The mainboard "should" not care what the add-on card is. Buying standard hardware from a mainline manufacturer almost always gives you standard performance.
Well, that's probably good enough, then. I don't need to power both
monitors off the same card.
> Is the new PC a "name brand" or are you buying parts? If buying parts there are mainboards that come with built-in dual head. I've got one, buy it is an old Athlon board.
The machine hasn't been chosen, but it'll be pre-assembled from a name
brand. This afternoon, he was looking at ~$500 HP machines.
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