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I have a GTX 480. It only has 2 DVI out, and someone just gave me an old monitor to keep, but it only has VGA input. I do not want to buy a DVI to VGA converter, but I DO have an old 8400gts lying around. Is it possible to use the second monitor on this card somehow?
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I have a GTX 480. It only has 2 DVI out, and someone just gave me an old monitor to keep, but it only has VGA input. I do not want to buy a DVI to VGA converter, but I DO have an old 8400gts lying around. Is it possible to use the second monitor on this card somehow?

Did you not get a DVI to VGA converter with your 480? They are included with most graphics cards.
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Not without a DVI-VGA converter. Unless, you feel like splicing a DVI end onto a VGA cable.
    
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The DVI to VGA is not even a proper converter, it's an adapter, both DVI ports on the GTX 480 are DVI-I, which means they carry both digital and analog signals. Those adapters are bundled with most GPUs, it's likely you can ask a friend for one and he has at least one. They should be very cheap too.
 
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The DVI to VGA is not even a proper converter, it's an adapter, both DVI ports on the GTX 480 are DVI-I, which means they carry both digital and analog signals. Those adapters are bundled with most GPUs, it's likely you can ask a friend for one and he has at least one. They should be very cheap too.

Yes, adapter. Long day at work and it's Friday.
    
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Thank you all for the help, I have it hooked up to my mobo (using the onboard graphics) Until I get a cheap adapter from amazon or fleabay!
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Well today I just came home and restarted my pc... I saw I left the other GPU in and went "****" then I saw installing driver status in the bottom right corner... I was amazed! One restart later and now I have BOTH my 480 and 8400gts each running a monitor in nvidia control panel!
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The DVI to VGA is not even a proper converter, it's an adapter, both DVI ports on the GTX 480 are DVI-I, which means they carry both digital and analog signals. Those adapters are bundled with most GPUs, it's likely you can ask a friend for one and he has at least one. They should be very cheap too.

Yes, adapter. Long day at work and it's Friday.

No problem. Hope you're having a good weekend.thumb.gif



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Thank you all for the help, I have it hooked up to my mobo (using the onboard graphics) Until I get a cheap adapter from amazon or fleabay!

You're welcome!

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Well today I just came home and restarted my pc... I saw I left the other GPU in and went "****" then I saw installing driver status in the bottom right corner... I was amazed! One restart later and now I have BOTH my 480 and 8400gts each running a monitor in nvidia control panel!

Yes, you can do that too, and if I'm not wrong the power draw shouldn't be too different than running both monitors from the GTX 480, as the card stays clocked higher to handle both monitors. GTX 600 series are much better in power draw when handling more than one monitor.
 
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I wasn't worrying about the power draw... My dilemma is that I did not have a dvi to vga adapter, and this second monitor only has vga in. (I now use it for temps and teamspeak). I had this video card laying around and I am glad I did!
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