Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Need to setup 2 monitors

07 Mar 2014   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
Need to setup 2 monitors

I'm pretty sure I need to install another video card, in able to have 2 monitors. Need recommendation on which card to get that will work with the current setup. No gaming, just working, so do not need anything special.

The computer is Compaq Presario CQ5600Y
Windows 7 Professional x64
AMD Athlon II 170u Processor, 2000 Mhz
BIOS Version Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.59, 5/20/2010
RAM 2.00 GB
NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430

Thank you for your help

My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Mar 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

JWittek, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Looking at the specs for your computer,

Compaq Presario CQ5600Y Desktop PC Product Specifications Compaq Presario CQ5600Y Desktop PC | HP® Support

it only has a VGA port for connecting a monitor. As a result yes you will need a video card if you want to connect two monitors. It also has one PCI-E 16x slot, so you can easily add a card.

Now with that said the power supply that is in it limits what you can add, without upgrading the PSU as well. For a card something like a Geforce 610 or a Radeon HD 5450 should be fine with that PSU, as both are very low power requirement cards. They won't do much of anything for gaming, but are ideal for multi-monitor.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Need to setup 2 monitors

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
VTX 7850 eyefinity setup x3 monitors
hi I have purchased a VTX 7850 and it says it supports up to 4 monitors in eyefinity. I only want to hook up 3. I'm using x3 CQ1859s 18.5in monitors 1366x768 60hz (only have VGA connections) my graphics card has: x1 hdmi x2 DVI x2 mini display port I have x2 dvi to vga convertors...
Graphic Cards
One of the two monitors setup randomly goes blank/dark
I am using the system spec as shown in the signature. Both monitors are connected to a single ATI 6870HD. The Dell U2311H is connected to the card via minidisplay-display port while the LG M227WD is connected via the DVI cable. The problematic monitor is the monitor over the display port (Dell)....
Graphic Cards
how to setup multiple monitors? help
I would like to setup 2 monitors on my computer. I know my computer is older but it is very fast and I don't plan on using the monitors on resource hogging stuff My specs are Intel pentium 4 3ghz HT ENABLED 4gb ram 1tb hdd Nvidia gt 520 1gb windows 7 My monitors are 2 different inputs /...
General Discussion
Can i setup 2 independent monitors on hd6870 ??
hi main monitor is 19" conected with dvi cable second monitor is 40" lcd conected with hdmi cable i want see my main desktop on 19" monitor and play games movies etc.. on 40" lcd and i cant find how to make them independent i can duplicate or extend them or i can attach up to 6...
Graphic Cards
Setup multiple monitors (Help).
Hi I am trying to connect an external TV to my laptop using HDMI connection. I turned off both of them. Connected the cable turned on the TV. Turned on my laptop. Everything is fine while the windows starting, everything is displayed on the TV, (which is determined from the bios setup)....
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

© Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:56.
Twitter Facebook Google+