If I get this PCI card, will I be able to run 3 monitors?

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  1. Vatoloco

    Vatoloco In a pinch, though, you could jam it into someone'

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    SAPPHIRE Radeon 9250 100114 LB Video Card (1 D-SUB, 1 DVI)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814102533

    I've got no AGP slot on my computer, so I have to get a PCI card. My plan is to run my 21" CRT off of the VGA input on that card and then get two of these Sharp 15" LCD's and run one of them off the DVI input on the above card and then the other one off the integrated VGA already on my motherboard.

    Any reason that would or wouldn't work?
     
  2. Gaylord Focker

    Gaylord Focker 8=oOOo=D ~ ~ ~

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    some motherboards won't allow you to use the onboard video at the same time as a pci board, it's either/or. check with the manufacturer first.
     
  3. Asses Maximus

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    Troof. My friend tried to run dual monitors. One on the mobo and the other PCI. It choked. Buy a dual head PCI and use the AGP for the 3rd. Forget the mobo video.
     
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    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    The internal video card will be disabled by the motherboard when it recognizes there is an "external" video card plugged in. This is how I've always seen it work.
     
  5. abyssinianson

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    i've run 3 monitors through an AGP and PCI card...both of Radeon make if that helps. If you want 3 monitors off one card, try a Matrox card. Those are capable of doing 3 screens off one card.
     
  6. tragicher0

    tragicher0 Before I couldn't even spell DBA, now I are one OT Supporter

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    truth, get a AGP and a PCI card

    Or spend a metric fuckload on one of these cards
     
  7. Vatoloco

    Vatoloco In a pinch, though, you could jam it into someone'

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    Well, I don't have an AGP slot on my motherboard so I have to use PCI. Does anyone know if that PCI card I linked to will even run two monitors and if so could I then just get another PCI card to run the 3rd monitor?
     
  8. Gaylord Focker

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    by the looks of it, it should run dual monitors. you can run 2 pci videos cards together. that's how people would do dual displays back before agp.
     
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  10. maczter

    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    That one should do the trick.

    If you want to run more than two monitors, just get two of those cards.

    A word of caution though...I have an AGP 5950 and two PCI 5200's in my machine, and after the last driver upgrade I attempted, the machine freezes hard whenever I try to enable the 5200's, so I'm back to one monitor until I figure out WTF broke. Tried rolling back the drivers and that didn't help either. I suspect you'll be fine with two identical cards in identical slots (PCI only as opposed to my combination of an AGP card with two PCI cards).
     

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