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Windows 7: Help a noob with his triple monitor set up?!

07 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Help a noob with his triple monitor set up?!

Hey,

I'm new and am looking for advice for setting up my 2 x LG 22" LCD monitors and my 32" Samsung TV. The two LGs will be used as normal monitors on a desktop while the Samsung is used for media; TV shows, movies, bed-browsing etc.

I currently have a dual monitor setup consisting of one of the LGs and the Samsung and have the other LG en route. The graphics card I currently have already has two DVI slots, one of which is being used by the Samsung via a DVI to HDMI connection, the other is using an DVI to VGA adaptor to connect the LG.

I have just ordered a VGA splitter from ebay for £3 hoping that I could get 3 unique displays that way, but I have since realised I was probably being naive and will need to buy an additional graphics card.

Like the thread title suggests I am newbie when it comes to hardware and graphics cards etc, and have had to goto my device manager to find out what the graphics card is. It is:

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NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM)
I have 2 questions;

1) Will my computer allow me to use 2 graphics at once?
2) Assuming yes to the first question, what is the most basic and cheapest card that I can buy to do the job?

I am of course open to any other suggestions that do not require me purchasing a new card.

I hope someone can help me with this, thanks in advance!

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07 Feb 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Hello there, first of all. you need to fill your system specs with your actual computer specs, not your email.. hehe.

Download Speccy - System Information - Free Download and post a screen shot of the summary for us to see the components in your PC.

Additionally, a single Nvidia card can't handle 3 monitors at the same time. but in SLI they're capable.

Post the Speccy screenshot, please
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07 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Whoa, damn Chrome auto completer!! Lucky you noticed that! I have updated the specs I know about or think are important, will take a sceeny now, cheers!
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07 Feb 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Heres the screenshot...

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07 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

OK, i've checked your motherboard's details and it seems that it's not possible to run 3 monitors from it. take a look (i'm guessing your PC is a HP Pavilion (because of the motherboard, being an OEM ASUS)

Motherboard Specifications, P5LP-LE (Emery2) PC de sobremesa HP Pavilion Media Center TV m7570.es - Asistencia Técnica HP (España - Español)

Unfortunately i can't find the documentation in english, but most of the page is in english, weird.

sorry to bring the bad news, but the only way around would be to buy an ATI/AMD HD5000 series with Eyefinity technology to run 3 monitors at the same time.

BTW, the Y-Splitter only duplicates the image on both monitors, it doesn't expand both monitors!

The only downside about upgrading your video card, is that you'll probably need to upgrade your PSU as well
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07 Feb 2011   #6
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Actually Punkster if he has a free PCI slot something like a cheap 6200 PCI card would do for the third monitor (or a fourth even),

Zotac GeForce 6200 512MB DDR2 PCI DVI (ZT-62APH2N-HSL) - dabs.com
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07 Feb 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Really? without needing to SLI both cards? didn't know that.

Yeah, the motherboard has a PCI slot, so i guess it'd work but, could the PSU be compromised by the fact that he's adding another video card? you know those HP PSUs are not too great
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07 Feb 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies guys!

Remember, noob here.. whats a PCI slot? I know there are about 3 unused slots at the back of the PC? Could you possible point me to a card that would do the job, not too expensive, just one that does the job?

Many thanks

Edit: Would this be suitable?

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Matrox-Parheli...#ht_691wt_1139
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07 Feb 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

This is a comparison for PCI ports.

I'd recommend the one that stormy13 suggested.


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07 Feb 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Ah sorry I didnt see that link he posted! Hmmm 40 quid is abit to steep for me, would the one I posted not be ok then?

Edit: or this one 7500 128 MB DDR PCI Dual VGA Monitor Output Video Card on eBay (end time 04-Mar-11 08:52:20 GMT)
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