Monday, 6 April 2015

Install Two Monitors With One Video Card & One Motherboard Port

It's possible to install two monitors on one video card.

If one monitor isn't enough to meet your needs, you can install a video card in your system capable of handling two monitors. These cards slide into an available port (also called socket) in your motherboard. The two monitors are connected at the rear of the card. The two main things to keep in mind when shopping for a video card are the video socket type you have available on your computer, and the type of monitor that your video card needs to support. Knowing this beforehand will help make installing two monitors with one video card into one motherboard port easier.


1. Shut down the computer where you want to install the video card. Log out of the operating system and shut down safely. Unplug the power cord from the wall.

2. Crack the computer case open by unloosening the screws holding it in place. In the majority of computer cases, these screws can all be found at the back of the machine, towards the ventilation grills, and will be of the Phillips head variety. Remove the screws and pull the case off the chassis.

3. Locate the video card slot on the motherboard. Typical video card slots are PCI, AGP and ePCI. The video card should match the type of slot you have. So, for example, if you want to install a dual monitor AGP card, you should have an AGP slot available.

4. Install the video card into the motherboard socket. If there is already a card installed, remove it by unscrewing the screw at the back connecting it to the case. Lift the card out of the slot. Insert the new card into the slot. Press it firmly into place to ensure that it fits. Secure with a screw.

5. Replace the case cover. Secure with the screws. Plug the system in.

6. Boot up the system and log in. Install any software that came from your video card manufacturer. Reboot if needed.

7. Connect your two monitors into the ports on the video card.

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