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Windows 7: Client wants 3 monitors in windows 7

29 Sep 2010   #1
jadams0289

Windows 7 Professional x86
 
 
Client wants 3 monitors in windows 7

I have a Client that has two Dell Vostro 230's running windows 7 professional. They are going paperless in their office and want to run three monitors. What hardware do i need for this? i have a PCI-E slot, then the really small PCI-e slot. then i have two PCI slots on the motherboard. What would be the cheapest most stable way to add three monitors to this rig? not a gaming computer. its just an office computer so i dont need to have anything fancy! Thanks in advance!


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29 Sep 2010   #2
Lemur

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

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29 Sep 2010   #3
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

You would need either 2 graphics cards, or to get 1 graphics card that supports split DVI. Not entirely sure about the Split DVI thing (haven't heard much about it), but you can theoretically split 1 DVI port to 2 (separate) monitors.

~Lordbob
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30 Sep 2010   #4
skulspike92

Windows 7 Ultimate x 64
 
 

lol you should have posted this on a gaming website since everyone over there nos how to do this. Basically what you need is one good graphics card or 2 average ones. If you have one good graphics card, ATI Radeon 5XXX or the soon 6XXX series cards, then all you really need is an minidisplayport to DVI dual link adapter. No card can run 3 monitors by itself, since they don't draw enough power to push the monitors, so this dual link adapter pushes the third monitor with the usb drive.

On less top of the line graphics cards, that only have 2 inputs in them, the cheapest thing to do would be to buy another one of the same exact graphics cards, and crossfire them. To do this, it's pretty simple, all you need to do is put the second graphics card inside your comp and from there you got 4 input ports. These 4 ports will actually allow you to have 4 monitors running from your comp. Just youtube how to crossfire graphics card(if you have a ATI graphics card) or how to SLI cards(if you have a NVIDIA card).
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30 Sep 2010   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skulspike92 View Post
lol you should have posted this on a gaming website since everyone over there nos how to do this. Basically what you need is one good graphics card or 2 average ones. If you have one good graphics card, ATI Radeon 5XXX or the soon 6XXX series cards, then all you really need is an minidisplayport to DVI dual link adapter. No card can run 3 monitors by itself, since they don't draw enough power to push the monitors, so this dual link adapter pushes the third monitor with the usb drive.

On less top of the line graphics cards, that only have 2 inputs in them, the cheapest thing to do would be to buy another one of the same exact graphics cards, and crossfire them. To do this, it's pretty simple, all you need to do is put the second graphics card inside your comp and from there you got 4 input ports. These 4 ports will actually allow you to have 4 monitors running from your comp. Just youtube how to crossfire graphics card(if you have a ATI graphics card) or how to SLI cards(if you have a NVIDIA card).
You assume that they have 2 PCIe x16 slots, which they don't.

~Lordbob
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30 Sep 2010   #6
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums You can purchase a ATI 5770 series card that is capbible of running 3 monitors from 1 PCI-E Slot. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-906-_-Product

Then their is a program called UltraMon that is designed for business applications. The information can be found here Realtime Soft UltraMon Under the features tab on the left you'll see all the screen shots were taken using Windows Seven.
Under Overview at the bottom it will let you take a feature tour. Hope this will help. Fabe

Almost forgot you will have to make sure your power supply will have the proper power requirements for this card as well as the power plugs to the cards.
They suggest a minimum of a 500w but reccomend a 600w power supply that is crossfire ready.
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30 Sep 2010   #7
darkphantom

W7 64bit ultimate
 
 

^That was exactly what I was going to suggest.

There are ATI cards out there that support tri-monitors

Also, there are USB VGA Extension devices that are easy as plug n Play:
http://www.amazon.com/J-Tech-Digital.../dp/B003JK40BI
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