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2 Monitors on a Slim Desktop pc?

ms2000 1,308 28 March 23, 2016 at 08:19 AM
How can I connect two monitors on a Slim Desktop pc?

When I installed a pci video card, I had to remove the VGA - so it only has a hdmi - how? The built in video card on the motherboard is there.

Current setup on a mid tower, I have a "extended" setup for my monitors.

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Can you tell us what model of PC/Video card?

Are you doing gaming, or office tasks? I know USB video cards/adapters are one option,

Low profile cards exist to with multiple outputs all depending on what you need. Basically we need more info before we can help and not guess on this.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
Can you tell us what model of PC/Video card?

Are you doing gaming, or office tasks? I know USB video cards/adapters are one option,

Low profile cards exist to with multiple outputs all depending on what you need. Basically we need more info before we can help and not guess on this.
Just for office work

HP Desktop Computer COMPAQ 6005 PRO Phenom II X3 3.0 GHz 4 GB 250 GB HDD Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6883283253

Video card was purchased at Frys during thanksgiving for less than $30 - could not tell what the model is - I had to remove the second video port to fit this slim desktop pc
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Just for office work

HP Desktop Computer COMPAQ 6005 PRO Phenom II X3 3.0 GHz 4 GB 250 GB HDD Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6883283253

Video card was purchased at Frys during thanksgiving for less than $30 - could not tell what the model is - I had to remove the second video port to fit this slim desktop pc
You just need a half height video card which exist with all types of outputs. They tend to be digital outputs because they are smaller sized connectors.

Here is the first example I found. http://www.amazon.com/radeon-prof...video+card and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...-_-Product



They will cost a bit more because they are not popular. I would try to pick one that uses a low amount of power as you don't have a lot of extra to go around on slim high machine. Another option could be a USB graphics card. All depends on what you need as an output.
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Under some circumstances you can daisy chain through your single display port: http://www.displayport.org/cables...rt-output/. Your monitor has to support this though, and it's likely yours doesn't.

Since i think you said you only have hdmi currently anyway, the simplest solution though is to just buy an sff card with two ports as liquidretro linked. You can't combine your PCI-E card and your onboard video at the same time.
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Once you install the video card it will disable the onboard graphics, which makes it so the VGA wont work out of your motherboard.

I googled for a picture of the back of this computer, what came up has VGA and a displayport. I actually have a 6002, and 8100 elite infront of me which are very similar computers and both of them have a VGA out and DP out.

I'd check for that displayport and see if your monitors will accept it. It should be right under/to the left of the VGA port.

Edit: If it does have a displayport to get those two ports working you would need to take out your graphics card. The other option is getting a slimline graphics card with two outputs.
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I beleive there's an option in bios that lets you use both onboard graphics along with graphics card.

If that's really the case, you can use the onboard display port and the hdmi port from your graphics card.

look thru the bios settings to see what options you have in there
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