czuadhon
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DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

Folks...

Model: Vostro 230

OS: Windows 7 32 Bit.

Monitors: Viewsonic 19 inch monitor ( only VGA connector Available, there is no DVI interface)

Add-in Graphic Card: PNY Geforce 210 PCI Express 2.0 (it reads windows 7 full supported)

I need to use DUAL Monitors on Vostro 230..

In bios, i tried all of 5 Options such as IGD, PCI/PEG, PCI/IGD ...etc..NOTHING IS WORKING...

i can only use either 1 monitor...

Please help me how should i use dual monitor for Vostro 230 PC...

Vostro doesn't support any of Video card for usage DUAL monitor?

otherwise recommand other video card to use dual monitor?

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Davet50
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Re: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

you need to hook up each monitor to the outputs on the card. That is assuming your card has two outputs. Since you have only VGA you will need DVI to VGA adapter and possible a HDMI to VGA adapter.

Can you provide a link to the exact card you have

 

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7- Gold

Re: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

Hi Czuadhon,

With the add-on card installed, does the integrated port work at all?

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czuadhon
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Re: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

Nope..

i guess both port is not working at the same time..

i guess i should choose one out of 2 .. either add-on card or intergrated card?

 Vostro is not supporting dual monitor setup, otherwise i missed some configuration..

please let me know..

My video card is

PNY GeForce 210 1GB PCIe Graphics Card

http://www.staples.com/PNY-GeForce-210-1GB-PCIe-Graphics-Card/product_868141?cmArea=SEARCH

 

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Davet50
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Re: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

i looked a your card and it looks like it has three outputs. 1 VGA, 1 DVI and 1 HDMI. What you need to do is connect one monitor to the VGA output and one to the DVI output with a DVI to VGA adapter. Most cards will come with one. Then you need to open the Nvidia control panel and enable the dual monitor support. 

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RE: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

We have two Dell Vostro 230 towers at my office, and I'm attempting to connect them to two monitors. The graphics card is a NVIDIA GeForce 310, monitors are both Dell E2310Hs.

The VGA port came covered in a cap with a 'no stopping' sign on it, and the port itself is not responsive to any monitors - all monitors connected to it don't recognise their (different) VGA cables. I'm told the monitors originally came with the DVI port adapters through which their single monitors currently function.

The Nvidia control pattern doesn't see anything not connected to the DVI port, even when searching aggressively (or whatever the phrase is). It seems we've been sold computers with disconnected internals.

Please tell me our office hasn't given Dell all this money for towers with 3 video outputs which include graphics cards with 3 video outputs, only to discover that only one of the outputs was ever meant to work.

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7- Gold

RE: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

Hi Westoriacapital,

Are you trying the VGA port on the motherboard or the VGA port integrated into the motherboard? Perhaps you could post a picture showing which ports you've tried.

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RE: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

Hi Osprey4,

Thanks for the reply.

I'm not 100% sure what you mean - I haven't opened the tower to check whether the graphics card is connected to the tower's VGA port or the motherboard's internal is connected to the tower's VGA port. Is that a necessary step? I'd prefer to avoid it on account of never having opened a computer in my life.

I can take a photo of the back of the tower if that helps? Otherwise, is it relevant that I've found the tower's VGA port will work (on a terrible resolution) if I swap the BIOS video settings from PCI/PEG to IGD (but other ports will stop working and no graphics card errors will pop up)?

If the answer is that the motherboard's internal is connected to the VGA and the graphics card is connected to only the DVI and HDMI, will connecting the second monitor via a VGA-to-HDMI or a DVI-to-HDMI work? I can't imagine those cables costing more than $30, which would make it the cheapest solution.

Thanks again!

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7- Gold

RE: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

Circled in red below is the integrated VGA port. That port may or may not work. Circled in green is an expansion slot where your video card should be. I'm not sure what ports you have there, DVI plus HDMI, possibly? If that's the case, you could use both of them, with only a DVI-to-HDMI adapter needed to connect to a monitor.

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Davet50
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RE: DUAL MONITOR??? HELP ME

You cannot use the onboard video connector and the add in card at the same time. If you need two monitor support it must come from the addin card only, Like  Osprey says.

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