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Dual Monitor - Am I an Idiot?
New monitor plug isnt compatible with Card
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 3:32 am on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

So i finally splurged to get the 2nd monitor. 17" flat panel. I go to hook it up...but the plug doesnt fit anywhere on my video card! I know it's for two monitors. One is hooked up (always has been). The other outlet does not match my monitor's plug. But i KNOW this plug is for a 2nd monitor.

Do i need to get a converter? Am I just an idiot who got the wrong monitor? Or do i just need another card?

Help is appreciated.




 4:23 am on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

If your video card has 2 ports on it, they are probably for different types of monitors. But plugging two monitors into the same card would probably give you the same picture on both monitors.

If both monitors have the same type of plug, then you just need a second video card.

I'm not sure if it takes anything special to get the operating system to use both video cards/monitors independently.


 2:42 pm on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

Are the two outlets the same?


 3:49 pm on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

i have a matrox parhelia, and ther are more ways to connect the monitors.

if you have one DVI output on your card, you can use a "Y-shaped" DVI-I to dual HD-15 cable.

This works great with my card an two 19' flat panels.


 5:32 pm on Jul 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

It depends on if you have a "dual head" card or not. If you do, you may just need an adapter.

As stated above, you may just have two connector types for a single head card.


 12:54 pm on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

You need a DVI to VGA adapter, ex:



 12:56 pm on Jul 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

What video card do you have?

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