Dual Monitors - Connecting

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Hello,

This is a really naive sort of request, but I'm not sure where to
begin.

I'd like to add a second monitor to my work computer, but I am having
to do the foot work to determine what I already have and what I may
need to get in order to do this. Our IT service is completely hopeless
(they didn't run any anti-virus or MS Updates for 4 months!).

Can someone walk me through or point to someplace that can help me
determine what I currently have (how do I determine what my current
video card is and if it has the capability, etc.). Once I determine
that, what would I need in terms of cables/adaptors, etc.

Thanks so much and I'm sorry for such a basic question, but the other
questions I've come across have been a bit above my head.

-shannon
 
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An easy way to see everything on your computer is to load Belarc Advisor
(find it thru Google) and it will tell you everything to do with your system,
or on desktop right click> Left click properties> Left click Settings and it
should tell you there if not> Left click advanced> Left Click Adapter.
Do you want to view both monitors at once or go back and fourth?

"Shannon" wrote:

> Hello,
>
> This is a really naive sort of request, but I'm not sure where to
> begin.
>
> I'd like to add a second monitor to my work computer, but I am having
> to do the foot work to determine what I already have and what I may
> need to get in order to do this. Our IT service is completely hopeless
> (they didn't run any anti-virus or MS Updates for 4 months!).
>
> Can someone walk me through or point to someplace that can help me
> determine what I currently have (how do I determine what my current
> video card is and if it has the capability, etc.). Once I determine
> that, what would I need in terms of cables/adaptors, etc.
>
> Thanks so much and I'm sorry for such a basic question, but the other
> questions I've come across have been a bit above my head.
>
> -shannon
>
 
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Your video card will need to have dual monitor capability. In other words,
two monitor connections. You probably do not have such a video card
installed at this time. If you check in Device Manager you can find out
what video card you have or you can download and run the Belarc Advisor, a
free utility that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about
your system. Search for it using Google.

Oh, and fire the idiots in your IT department.

"Shannon" <n0nnahs@gmail.com> wrote in message
news:b9aee89b.0412020636.5da2967c@posting.google.com...
> Hello,
>
> This is a really naive sort of request, but I'm not sure where to
> begin.
>
> I'd like to add a second monitor to my work computer, but I am having
> to do the foot work to determine what I already have and what I may
> need to get in order to do this. Our IT service is completely hopeless
> (they didn't run any anti-virus or MS Updates for 4 months!).
>
> Can someone walk me through or point to someplace that can help me
> determine what I currently have (how do I determine what my current
> video card is and if it has the capability, etc.). Once I determine
> that, what would I need in terms of cables/adaptors, etc.
>
> Thanks so much and I'm sorry for such a basic question, but the other
> questions I've come across have been a bit above my head.
>
> -shannon
 
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If the video card does not have dual monitor support, you still could add a
second monitor by adding a compatible PCI video card. However, the PI video
card are "rare" to find nowadays.


"Kevin" <webman6@hot4mail.com> wrote in message
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> Your video card will need to have dual monitor capability. In other
> words,
> two monitor connections. You probably do not have such a video card
> installed at this time. If you check in Device Manager you can find out
> what video card you have or you can download and run the Belarc Advisor, a
> free utility that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about
> your system. Search for it using Google.
>
> Oh, and fire the idiots in your IT department.
>
> "Shannon" <n0nnahs@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:b9aee89b.0412020636.5da2967c@posting.google.com...
>> Hello,
>>
>> This is a really naive sort of request, but I'm not sure where to
>> begin.
>>
>> I'd like to add a second monitor to my work computer, but I am having
>> to do the foot work to determine what I already have and what I may
>> need to get in order to do this. Our IT service is completely hopeless
>> (they didn't run any anti-virus or MS Updates for 4 months!).
>>
>> Can someone walk me through or point to someplace that can help me
>> determine what I currently have (how do I determine what my current
>> video card is and if it has the capability, etc.). Once I determine
>> that, what would I need in terms of cables/adaptors, etc.
>>
>> Thanks so much and I'm sorry for such a basic question, but the other
>> questions I've come across have been a bit above my head.
>>
>> -shannon
>
>
 
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Hardly, both ATI and nvidia versions can be had. Only rare if you don't
bother to look for them.

Yves Leclerc wrote:

> If the video card does not have dual monitor support, you still could add a
> second monitor by adding a compatible PCI video card. However, the PI video
> card are "rare" to find nowadays.
>
>
> "Kevin" <webman6@hot4mail.com> wrote in message
> news:Oj1JfEV2EHA.1124@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>
>>Your video card will need to have dual monitor capability. In other
>>words,
>>two monitor connections. You probably do not have such a video card
>>installed at this time. If you check in Device Manager you can find out
>>what video card you have or you can download and run the Belarc Advisor, a
>>free utility that will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about
>>your system. Search for it using Google.
>>
>>Oh, and fire the idiots in your IT department.
>>
>>"Shannon" <n0nnahs@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>news:b9aee89b.0412020636.5da2967c@posting.google.com...
>>
>>>Hello,
>>>
>>>This is a really naive sort of request, but I'm not sure where to
>>>begin.
>>>
>>>I'd like to add a second monitor to my work computer, but I am having
>>>to do the foot work to determine what I already have and what I may
>>>need to get in order to do this. Our IT service is completely hopeless
>>>(they didn't run any anti-virus or MS Updates for 4 months!).
>>>
>>>Can someone walk me through or point to someplace that can help me
>>>determine what I currently have (how do I determine what my current
>>>video card is and if it has the capability, etc.). Once I determine
>>>that, what would I need in terms of cables/adaptors, etc.
>>>
>>>Thanks so much and I'm sorry for such a basic question, but the other
>>>questions I've come across have been a bit above my head.
>>>
>>>-shannon
>>>
>>
>
>