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My work uses a VGA splitter to utlize the desktop extender functionality so I KNOW it's possible... HOW?

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My work utilizes a basic VGA Y split cable, a 20 inch monitor and an 16 inch monitor. The small monitor is the desktop extension with no task bar. I know it's possible without dual video cards... somebody has to know how.
 

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You have a few options.
1. upgrade the video card
2. use a usb to vga or dvi adapter(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815101012)
3. A matrox dual head to go adapter(http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/digital_se/)
 

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if your graphics card has multiple output ports then it is easily capable of handling dual monitors.

Most motherboards today have both a VGA and DVI port as well, and most integrated graphics chips also support dual monitors. It's just a matter of plugging in multiple monitors.
 

MJVroman

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So i'm running windows 8 on a much nicer set up than work runs and I have a VGA split, but it won't let me extend my desktop it only duplicates! I can't get it to register the secondary monitor as monitor #2 they both identify as #1. any suggestions?-- Also, my current computer does not have DVI capablitys only VGA and its only 1 pre-out.
 

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it depends on the graphics card present in the PC. I have some workstations at work that have split cables with extended desktops.
 

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I highly doubt its a standard VGA splitter. It's most likely a DMS-59 to dual vga adapter(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DMS-59) which will look similar to a vga splitter but support dual monitors in extended desktop mode. A standard VGA splitter would just clone the displays. Most video cards now a days supports atleast 2 monitors.
 

MJVroman

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Do you have any suggestions on how to use a Y splitter to extend a desktop? I know it's possible, I can take pictures of the setup at work tonight, and post them.
 

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This is actually the same for my work. Every workstation has a 20 inch and a 16 inch using a Y split cable. I'm trying to get that same setup at home any hints?
 

MJVroman

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The Y split they use at work looks very similar to this, but all 3 ends are blue and the same size.
 

bignastyid

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You have a few options.
1. upgrade the video card
2. use a usb to vga or dvi adapter(http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815101012)
3. A matrox dual head to go adapter(http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/digital_se/)
 

MJVroman

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So my work setup up is most likely a DVI to VGA split, instead of actually VGA to VGA. Which is also the DMS-59 the gentleman referenced earlier. any ideas on what hardware I could get to run 2 monitors with extended desktop without installing a new Video Card? The computer is still under warranty and I'm fearful of breaking it open.

 

MJVroman

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It is a Dell------- that is a good question give me 5 mikes..
 

MJVroman

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Dell Inspiron 3847? Does that sound right to you?
 

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your desktop has hdmi port. you can use hdmi cable and connect it to your 2nd monitor or get a usb based videocard if you don't want to open it
 

MJVroman

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Update gents. I've since added an HDMI Television to my set up. I also purchased a USB to VGA external card as well. It looks awesome!
 

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