Lol, it's kool. Are you trying to setup your PC Display/TV as a dual monitor? The onboard integrated card (HMDI port) can be used if enabled in Bios. It's just a backup if something is wrong with your GTX. Your GTX card can support 3 monitors. You ordered a Mini-HDMI to HDMI cable, so you should be good. 😉
I'm trying to use this as an htpc application. So it will be used on the TV alone with no other monitors. My understanding of video cards was a bit backwards. I thought it was to be used through the motherboard and the comp would decide wether to switch between on boards graphics and the card as needed. I will use the mini port off the card as soon as I get the new cord tomorrow. I'm assuming I will need to run so audio wires from my stereo to the x51 for sound output. That was the other part that left me thinking the hdmi port on the mb did it all because it was playing sound thru my tv when I watched some YouTube clips.
I had the same problem. Apparently the onboard HDMI is supposed to be disabled by default when you receive the machine from the factory, however I was able to do the initial start up with a HDMI cable with no problems. The next time I tried to boot up my monitor couldn't detect the machine.
The solution is to start up with a VGA cable and enable the onboard HD in BIOS, then you can shutdown again, switch to a HDMI cable and everything should run fine. The real kicker for me was that I also bought a Dell monitor with my x51 and the monitor came with an incompatible cable, so I had to spend money on a cable I'll probably never use again.
Just an FYI...
* Go back to the main Alienware Forum page
* Open Top Solutions for your Alienware computer
* Click Here
* Click X51
* Click Alienware X51 - No Video when using Onboard HDMI port