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Can I connect 3 monitors?


I have a Dell Studio 540 desktop with an Nvidia Geforce GT220 videocard on wich I have 2 monitors connected, I want to connect a third monitor on my onboard VGA, but when I go into the BIOS, I can't find the option, I am using windows 7 ultimate, if that is relevant.

Can I enable onboard VGA and Videocard simultaniously?



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Re: Can I connect 3 monitors?

Welcome to the forums IVR emoticon.Yes.title



On-board/integrated graphics chips obviously don't offer the ports/connections dedicated graphics cards do, so what you're wanting to do can't be done, without additional hardware - i.e. something like the Matrox Dual-Head 2 Go.

And integrated graphics have to be disabled when using a different source.  You can't use them both at the same time.

From experience, I've found that:   “Beauty is in the eye of the beer-holder”!!


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Smoke Grey Magnesium Alloy Chassis - with White LED Backlights
17" UltraSharp WUXGA Widescreen TFT (1920 x 1200) with TrueLife
Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T9300 @ 2.50GHz (800 MHz FSB, 4MB L2 cache)
4GB (2x 2GB) Patriot Signature PC2-5400 @ 667MHz
DUAL 512MB Nvidia 8800M GTX cards in SLi + 128MB Ageia PhysX
640GB SATA II (2x 320GB WD Scorpio Black 7200rpm)
8x Super-Multi DVD±RW
Creative X-Fi Notebook (ExpressCard) + Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II
Integrated 2MP Webcam
Dell Wireless 355 Bluetooth 2.0 Module
Intel Next-Gen Wireless-N Mini-Card
TV Tuner and Dell Travel Remote Control
4-in-1 Flash Card Reader (SSD/MMC/MS Pro/xD)

230W AC Adapter / 9-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

Windows 7 Home Premium (64bit)

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Re: Can I connect 3 monitors?

I recently accidentally got three monitors up on Windows XP.  I wanted to see what would happen when I added a PCI graphics card to my AGP system (4600).  Amazingly it worked.  I added a Jaton 9500GT card and it had one screen.  The AGP had the other two.  I had different compatibility problems since the AGP was ATI.  But you would not have a problem since you would be putting like cards together.

Let me know how it works.



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