Two monitors???

By nnick ยท 6 replies
Jan 21, 2006
  1. Hi, i know that my computer can handle 2 monittors becuz the video card i have gives me that option. My computer, however only has ONE serial cable and can only hook up one monitor, is there anyway to get like a serial==>USB cable or anything that can hook up a monitor without a serial or some stuff like that?
    please reply rapidamente
    Gato==> pantalones
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,019

    The 15-pin connector on a monitor is not a serial cable, it's a VGA 15-pin; and while you CAN split a single VGA cable, the end result is a clone/copy of the original signal (but likely a bit weaker/blurrier as splitting a vga signal can reduce signal quality).

    True dual-monitor allows you to extend your desktop across both monitors or other custom selections so the image on both monitors isn't simply a carbon-copy of the same.

    Your videocard probably support TV-Out, which is similar to dual-monitor support, but is limited to SVideo or Composite signal to a secondary monitor. This will allow dual-monitor support, but the secondary display will be limited in resolution and require a composite monitor or TV.
  3. nnick

    nnick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I dont quite follow, how do i use a TV out and can i use it with a regular monitor
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You connect your TV-out to a television set and you don't use it with a secondary monitor. Well, unless your monitor happens to have composite/SVHS input.
  5. nnick

    nnick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    if i were to split a 15 bit cable thing, or whatever, how poor would the quality be on thew new monitor
  6. nnick

    nnick TS Rookie Topic Starter

    coud this help, im just trying to find a way to gettwo monitors working on my computer at the same time independently
    TRENDnet TK-V200S Video Splitter - Retail
  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    No, you can't use a video splitter to get two independent monitors. If you want to get two different images from one video output, then you need the Matrox DualHead2Go product.
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