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Windows 7: Dual monitor setup hdmi to vga on 2nd monitor shows nothing

21 May 2015   #11
iamdaveb

Win 7
 
 

All I have are several usb, 1 vga and 1 hdmi outs. The 1 vga is going to monitor #1 so other than some usb contraption I figured I was left with hdmi.

Y cable for vga just duplicates the same signal.

Might be possible to get a better video card with more outs also. But possibly the cable suggested:
Amazon.com: Generic HDMI Input to VGA Adapter Converter For PC Laptop NoteBook HD DVD: Computers & Accessories

would work and be less expensive.




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21 May 2015   #12
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Yes, you need to get a graphics card, something by EVGA in the 960 series.

EVGA - Products - Graphics - GeForce 900 Series Family - GTX 960

Could you please work on filling out your specs more thoroughly, and you should really get rid of AVG, it`s pure garbage.

All you need is MSE and MBAM, both are free.

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21 May 2015   #13
oscer1

win 7 64 bit
 
 

just to note if you went new graphics card route you might need to get a new power supply as well. but we would need to know whats in the computer now.
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21 May 2015   #14
iamdaveb

Win 7
 
 

Rather than getting a graphic card (which I am willing to do if I have to) wouldn't this item:
Amazon.com: Generic HDMI Input to VGA Adapter Converter For PC Laptop NoteBook HD DVD: Computers & Accessories
and a new cable solve the situation?

AVG? Don't remember bringing that up, but I'll take your advice and ditch it for the two mentioned tomorrow. Thx a lot folks.


Dave
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22 May 2015   #15
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You have AVG listed in your specs, that`s why I brought it up.

The link you provided shows an HDMI to VGA converter, I thought you wanted to go from VGA to HDMI ?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Manhattan-177351/19415347

Watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYi__xzfct0
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22 May 2015   #16
leejosepho

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iamdaveb View Post
...I have...1 vga and 1 hdmi outs. The 1 vga is going to monitor #1...
At least you do not need a new graphics card. My old machines only have VGA out.
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22 May 2015   #17
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Why are you using VGA at all

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iamdaveb View Post
2 vga monitor's and only 1 vga output on the pc.
A new card isn't going to help the at all, seeing as both monitors are VGA only. He'd be right back in the same situation seeing as a new card will only have one VGA out (native or via adapter from a DVI port).

I'd give that converter from Amazon a try.
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22 May 2015   #18
iamdaveb

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You have AVG listed in your specs, that`s why I brought it up.

The link you provided shows an HDMI to VGA converter, I thought you wanted to go from VGA to HDMI ?

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Manhattan-177351/19415347

Watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYi__xzfct0
Thanks, I have one vga on my pc. But I need to hook up two monitors that have only vga inputs. So, my plan is to hook up monitor #2 via the hdmi out on the pc - assuming that would work.

Earlier someone suggested this cable:
Amazon.com: Generic HDMI Input to VGA Adapter Converter For PC Laptop NoteBook HD DVD: Computers & Accessories

which I believe would connect to the hdmi out on my pc and I would then connect a vga cable to that and run it to monitor #2.


I'll uninstall the avg now and install the 2 items recommended and see if anyone will confirm that this plan of using the above mentioned connection would work.

Thanks everyone, I really appreciate it.
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22 May 2015   #19
iamdaveb

Win 7
 
 

I asked on amazon about using that cable and the seller replied:
"generally, you can HDMI out into your monitors only if your computer have HDMI output.but this adapter on sale will not help.
because this adapter's VGA is female, your monitors VGA is female .too.
so you need find a VGA male adapter."

I replied:

Would I just use a male to male vga cable to connect to it and then to my monitor? A basic vga cable is male to male so it seems like the connection part would work easily.

Seems odd... I know tons of folks use dual monitors and certainly I'm not the only dude with one vga port on a pc and 2 vga monitors.


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22 May 2015   #20
leejosepho

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iamdaveb View Post
Seems odd... I know tons of folks use dual monitors and certainly I'm not the only dude with one vga port on a pc and 2 vga monitors.
All of my machines have one VGA only, and I work around that by adding a video card. At that point, I can use either the VGA or the HDMI of the video card to connect a second monitor and then tell my OS to do dual display. Something like an nVidia fx6200 will be about the least-expensive card you can get that will work well with any Windows OS (and let you select separate resolutions for the monitors, if needed or desire) as well as with Linux (other than some older distros that do not do dual display).
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