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Morning guys,

I've only ever ran dual monitor set-ups from a single card that has two oututs.

However my boss is interested in dual monitors but unfortunately does not have a GPU that has two outputs. His current options are:

Option 1:

One monitor on a dedicated GPU (unknown ATI model)

One on the integrated GPU

Option 2:

One on a dedicated GPU (unknown ATI model)

One on a dedicated GPU (unknown ATI model)

Right now for some info. I'm not sure if the first scenario will work. Can you run a dedicated GPU and integrated graphics simultaneously, each powering a seperate monitor?

Secondly if he used his two dedicates GPU's (most probably ancient cards) that are both ATI but different models, would that work for something as simple as display output? He doesn't care about them not running in crossfire or performance. He simply wants an extended desktop on a second screen.

Any info is much appreciated.

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AFAIK option one only applies to motherboards with the Lucid Logic chip or whatever it's called..I may be wrong someone correct me please?

 

Why not add an option to get a GPU with 2 DVI outputs? My GF 7600 GT has 2 DVI outputs and I've used dual monitors on them fine.

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Regarding ATI cards with only one output, I guess it is around the era of the Rage series, with a PCI/AGP connector.

 

I googled 'rage card dual monitor' and I see a lot of unsuccessful stories when a Rage series card was installed with onboard chipset to drive dual monitors. So, Option 1 has a gloomy outlook.

 

I think certain rare situations might work for Option 2 though. For example, if the 2 cards are two identical ATI Rage 128 cards (eg http://support.microsoft.com/kb/242883).

 

I suggest just try Option 1 and then Option 2. However, do not spend much time to try to get either one to work. If either one works right away, then it is fine. If neither works, then just move on as it is not worth the time to do diagnosis. Instead, go and buy a dual output card.

 

For example, this Radeon 9000 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/ATI-Radeon-9000-Videocard-Tv-out/dp/B003CMA85K/ref=sr_1_10?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1328533801&sr=1-10) has three outputs with a PCI connector. It costs £24 only.

 

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Option 2 would be the more likely to work.

Honestly, your boss should just get a different card though, to make things simple and just run both monitors off the one newer card. If its a Rage or something else that's super ancient like that, he'll have a VERY hard time making two cards work together. He could easily get a Radeon 7000 or higher in PCI or AGP (depending on his machine) for dirt cheap off ebay, and that'll do the trick fine so long as its got dual outputs.
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Quote:
 Option 1:

One monitor on a dedicated GPU (unknown ATI model)

One on the integrated GPU

Option 2:

One on a dedicated GPU (unknown ATI model)

One on a dedicated GPU (unknown ATI model)

Right now for some info. I'm not sure if the first scenario will work. Can you run a dedicated GPU and integrated graphics simultaneously, each powering a seperate monitor?

 

Option 1 & 2 will work but too complicated lol. If two cards are of different generations will have to install drivers for each adapter.

 

Last supported drivers;

 

Legacy adapters all OS ATI CatalystLegacy Display Driver

 

All-in-Wonder® 128 PRO, All-in-Wonder® 128, Rage Fury Pro, Rage Fury, Rage Magnum, Xpert 2000 PRO, Xpert 2000, Xpert 128, and Xper 99 products.

Drivers for Discontinued ATI Rage™ Series Products for Windows ...

 

Or find the drivers here; Global Provider of Innovative Graphics, Processors and Media ...

 

 

Option 3, easiest to setup.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102933 $34.99

 

 

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Secondly if he used his two dedicates GPU's (most probably ancient cards) that are both ATI but different models, would that work for something as simple as display output? He doesn't care about them not running in crossfire or performance. He simply wants an extended desktop on a second screen.
 

 

Yes, use drivers above to support the ancient GPUs.

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