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Windows 7: ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series

26 Aug 2010   #1
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series

I have a ATI Radeon™ HD 3600 Series which has 1 gig of RAM and it's about 3 years old and it's a pretty good card but I just want to go up one notch on my video card and get a dual card so I can hook up 2 monitors. I want of take my pictures from one screen one put them in the other screen for more screen space. What would you recommend. In the last 5 years I guess they are all PCI Express slots.



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26 Aug 2010   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Unless you have some non standard version of the card (3450 or 3650?), you don't need a second card for a second monitor. Don't think there has been a video card made in a long while that can't run two monitors, using two of usually three ports (VGA, DVI, HDMI, in some combination) on the card.
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27 Aug 2010   #3
lostsoul62

Windows 7 x64 RC1, Vista Ultimate, XP Pro
 
 
geek Squad

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Unless you have some non standard version of the card (3450 or 3650?), you don't need a second card for a second monitor. Don't think there has been a video card made in a long while that can't run two monitors, using two of usually three ports (VGA, DVI, HDMI, in some combination) on the card.
I talk with the best buy geek squad and they said I can't run two monitors from one video card - one from the VGA and one from the DVI.
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27 Aug 2010   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Let's see if I can say this nicely, I wouldn't trust the fools at Geek Squad to change a light bulb let alone take advise from or let then touch a computer.

If the card has a DVI and a VGA port on it (and it will have wither a HDMI port or a s-video port as well), then it is more than capable of running two monitors from the DVI and VGA ports.

The only way you can't run two monitoes on cards with a DVI, VGA and HDMI port is to try and run them both off of of the VGA and HDMI port. Other than that any combination of DVI-VGA or DVI-HDMI will work.
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