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  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Dual Monitoring


    I just bought a VGA Splitter for my Desktop, but it only let me view a mirror screen from my 1st monitor.
    can someone please help me configure my setting? what I want to accomplish is Dual monitor for different purpose like while I'm playing a game on the 1st monitor, I can still watch movies on the 2nd monitor.
    I have red some thread and ask some technicians about it and they told me that what I want is possible.
    Last edited by pooch22; 13 Mar 2016 at 11:43.

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  2. #2


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    You need a graphics card that is capable of supporting twin monitors and is fitted with suitable pair of connectors for the monitors you are intending to use.

    Please complete the My System Specs section to help other members suggest what if anything you need to purchase
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    You need a graphics card that is capable of supporting twin monitors and is fitted with suitable pair of connectors for the monitors you are intending to use.

    Please complete the My System Specs section to help other members suggest what if anything you need to purchase

    Thanks for responding! well, I got this Sapphire Nitro r7 360 video card. I'm not that techie tho,
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  4. #4


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    OK, that card has three outputs
    a display port can if it is supported by your monitors, use a Daisy chain system to run two monitors simply
    If your monitors only support a VGA D plug you will need adaptors to connect two of the outputs to the monitors (1 to each monitor) if your monitors support a selection of ports say 1 supports HDMI and the Other DVI-I you would need the relevant cables if both support HDMI you can get a converter from DVI to HDMI .

    One you have your monitors connected you need to go into the catalyst control panel, The graphics set-up screens and choose to Extend the monitors rather than Mirror them.

    This will give you two monitors each of which can display a game or Video application
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    OK, that card has three outputs
    a display port can if it is supported by your monitors, use a Daisy chain system to run two monitors simply
    If your monitors only support a VGA D plug you will need adaptors to connect two of the outputs to the monitors (1 to each monitor) if your monitors support a selection of ports say 1 supports HDMI and the Other DVI-I you would need the relevant cables if both support HDMI you can get a converter from DVI to HDMI .

    One you have your monitors connected you need to go into the catalyst control panel, The graphics set-up screens and choose to Extend the monitors rather than Mirror them.

    This will give you two monitors each of which can display a game or Video application
    wow! I feel excited reading you guide! but I don't have those cables yet, the only cable I've purchased is the VGA Splitter (Y Cable - Color Blue). so I still to purchase some cables again to make it? and if yes, will my Y cable be useless?
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  6. #6


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    The Y cable is used to display the same image to two monitors for example in a bar or restaurant that show the same information or show - a Y cable would allow this but not allow the screens to show different images.

    You will require specific cables to allow you to Extend the screens - you may want to take a picture of the back of your computer and the backs of the monitor to use as a reference when finding the cables.

    This may also help
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Thank you SO much! I'm much more enlighten now but a bit sad about the Y Cable. I think I'll have to buy another cables then. one more question tho, what about the thing similar to router? some thing that they called HDMI router I think? do I still need that to make an extended display for my dual monitor?
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  8. #8


    Newport, South Wales, UK
    Posts : 573
    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    You have three outputs on your graphics card - any two of which can drive a monitor with the use of a suitable cable or Cable plus adaptor, so you should not need a HDMI splitter unless you are connecting from more than one source to a monitor with only one HDMI port, eg. connecting a PC and a DVD Player to a monitor that only has a single HDMI socket

    If you have a choice I would go for Display port, then DVI/HDMI then VGA as the quality of image is normally in that order with Display ports being best and the VGA the worst
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