Two monitors on a emachine with built in graphics card

By roseinn
Dec 21, 2009
  1. I am trying to hook up two montors. the graphics card i have has one slot
    the trouble i am having is that the on board card does not boot with the
    second video card in the computer. any suggestions
  2. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 526

    Depending on your PC this may be impossible as the motherboard may disable the onboard video as soon as you try to use an external video card. This is most common with older chipsets that have AGP video onboard and an AGP expansion slot. Usually it is recommended just to get an external video card with multiple monitor support (many low priced ATI/Nvidia cards support this)

    No one is going to be able to provide specifics without knowing the specs on your computer, but the first place to try to mess with settings is to go into your BIOS at boot and see if it has options for picking/enabling your on board video.
  3. roseinn

    roseinn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It does have an onboard video and it gets disabled. So ill look for another card with multiple out puts

  4. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 526

    Pretty much any ATI or Nvidia card will do the trick for you. If you don't care about gaming and don't need Dual DVI output you can get a card on newegg for ~$30-40. If you can spend an extra $10-20 i would do it though to get a much more capable video card.

    My recommendations might be something like this for PCI-Express:

    EVGA 01G-P3-N964-LR GeForce 9600 GSO 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Retail - $59 after rebates.

    Or this if you have an AGP slot:

    XFX PVT44AYANG GeForce 6200 512MB 64-bit DDR2 AGP 8X Video Card - $50
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