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Old 03-04-2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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I'm trying to connect a second monitor to my work desktop so I can be more productive and make multitasking easier. I want to use it as an extended desktop and not just mirror my current screen. Problem is it only have 1 VGA output. There are a couple of ports on the PC but I do not know what they are, please see first photo below.

-The port under the purple keyboard output
-The port next to the VGA out that is teal in color

I really hope there is a way to connect a second display with the ports I currently have. Buying a graphics card is out of the question. I would however be open to purchasing a cable or splitter if it can get the job done.

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Why is buying a graphics card out of the question, You can get a quite cheap card that would do just what you want it to..
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Why is buying a graphics card out of the question, You can get a quite cheap card that would do just what you want it to..

Well it's a work computer so I doubt they would let me manipulate it internally. But what should I look for in a graphics card? Dual DVI outputs?

Care to link specific models you would recommend?
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Well it would help to know the model of the computer to help determine a good card..
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Well it would help to know the model of the computer to help determine a good card..

Duh! Haha, it's a Dell Optiplex 790.
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This should do the trick Newegg.com - SPARKLE GeForce 210 Series 700039 GeForce 210 1GB 64-bit PCI Express x16 Video Card
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Perfect, thanks for that. I'll see if installing that would be feasible.

Would I need to run both monitors from the graphics card? Or could I use one VGA port from the Dell and one from the graphics card?

Also, do you know if it's possible to run dual monitors with what I have in the first post?
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Perfect, thanks for that. I'll see if installing that would be feasible.

Would I need to run both monitors from the graphics card? Or could I use one VGA port from the Dell and one from the graphics card?

Also, do you know if it's possible to run dual monitors with what I have in the first post?
You should be able to run one monitor off the integrated graphics and one off the dedicated graphics or both on the dedicated graphics.
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I could be wrong but judging by the pictures it looks like it might need a low profile graphics card and I can't work out if that 1 you linked to is Low Profile?
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Yes, it needs to be low-profile.

The important question is to find out what connections your two monitors will be using.

This is a low profile card with a VGA/DVI/HDMI output: EVGA 512-P3-1300-LR GeForce 8400 GS 512MB 32-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card - Newegg.com
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