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What are the available video connections on the Alienware X51 system?


What are the available video connections on the Alienware X51 system?

Article Summary:
The Alienware X51 desktop system provides multiple options to connect a screen. This article will help you properly use all the video options available on the systems

Note: Please bookmark this article as restarts of the computer are recommended during the process to help resolve issues.

Table of Contents:

1. Available video ports on the Alienware X51

2. Connection options


Available video ports on the Alienware X51

Your Alienware X51 comes with an Integrated graphics card and also a high performance discrete video card for your gaming needs.

The integrated graphics card gives you the option to connect a display using the integrated HDMI port in the upper section of the back of the system.


For Nvidia 545 GT & 555 GTX:

In the lower part of the system you will find 3 more connectors:

- 2 DVI ports

- 1 Mini HDMI port

Depending on your screen you may need to use special adapters, for example, if you want to connect a High Definition TV to the mini HDMI port you will need a mini HDMI to HDMI adapter.




For Nvidia 640 GT:

In the lower part of the system you will find 3 more connectors:

- 1 DVI-I port

- 1 Display port

- 1 HDMI port




For Nvidia 660 & 670 GTX:

In the lower part of the system you will find 4 more connectors:

- 1 DVI-I port

- 1 DVD-D port

- 1 Display port

- 1 HDMI port




Connection options


Note: From factory the discrete video card is set as the primary graphics card. In this setting if you connect a TV or display in the integrated HDMI port you will have no video until the system finishes loading Windows.

The table below explains in detail the different combinations that you can use to connect your screen:

BIOS Setting

Display (s) connected to:

Display output

Integrated

Discrete

POST (BIOS)**

Windows

1

Discrete

DVI or mini-HDMI

Discrete

Discrete

2

Discrete

HDMI

DVI or mini-HDMI

Discrete

Discrete + Integrated

3

Discrete*

HDMI

Discrete

Integrated

4

iGFX

HDMI

Integrated

Integrated

5

iGFX

HDMI

DVI or mini-HDMI

Integrated

Discrete + Integrated

6

iGFX*

DVI or mini-HDMI

Integrated

Discrete

*No video until windows is loaded

**These are the screens previous to windows

For example, if you connect a High Definition TV to the integrated HDMI port you will have no video on the screen until windows loads up. Now, if you plug the same TV to the mini-HDMI port on the discrete video card using a mini-HDMI to HDMI adapter you will be able to see video through the entire startup process of the computer.

If you need help setting up your monitor in you Alienware X51 system and see how the above mentioned works please check the video here.


Thank you for your inquiry,
The Alienware Support Team

 


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Article ID: SLN114855

Last Date Modified: 04/24/2013 12:00 AM


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