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nedkelly
29-04-2012, 11:05 PM
My current pc uses a ATI4870 which has 2 dvi ports on it running 2x22' screens, I need to run either one or two more 17' screens off it, does anyone have any suggestions for what I can do?

ronyville
29-04-2012, 11:22 PM
USB graphics adaptor... have used it a few times to run 4 screens of one pc that didnt have a separate graphics card. You will have to buy 2 adaptors with you want 2 more screens.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/dvd-players-vcrs/other/auction-470535041.htm

nedkelly
29-04-2012, 11:29 PM
How much can they handle? I was looking at the st-labs one at pbtech cause i have an account from work there.
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=ADPSTL14337

ronyville
29-04-2012, 11:33 PM
How much can they handle?


you mean resolution? not really sure, the screens i ran were just 19" 4:3, so they were in 1280x1024. best to check with PBtech.

nedkelly
29-04-2012, 11:37 PM
I mean what kind of stuff on the screen, yeah my screens I want to use are 17' squares that do 1280x1024 max.

Slankydudl
29-04-2012, 11:50 PM
Easily run four screens... Get a 6870. Can run up too 6 screens using 1 hdmi, 1 dvi and 4 on mini display using splitter cables. And with newer cards coming out its a relativly cheap buy. Also couldnt you use a splitter cavle for dvi on the card or crossfire another card. Buying another 4870 will probably be cheaper than getting those usb converter things.

nedkelly
30-04-2012, 12:16 AM
I have a pc waiting in the wings, I just need 1/2 more screen until then

Slankydudl
30-04-2012, 12:18 AM
Then a dvi splitter cable is the cheapest way since its only temporary.

nedkelly
30-04-2012, 12:26 AM
Well temporary for a month or so.

dugimodo
30-04-2012, 12:45 AM
or a cheap 2nd graphics card would probably work if you have the slot/space for it.

Mike
30-04-2012, 08:42 AM
my work PC is running three screens, it's just got two PCI-express cards, each with 2x DVI output, so I'm using 2x screens off one card, and 1x screen off the other.

Mike.

ManUFan
30-04-2012, 11:20 AM
Does your motherboard have a DVI or VGA connector? Could you run one additional screen from that?

SolMiester
30-04-2012, 01:20 PM
USB graphics adaptor... have used it a few times to run 4 screens of one pc that didnt have a separate graphics card. You will have to buy 2 adaptors with you want 2 more screens.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/electronics-photography/dvd-players-vcrs/other/auction-470535041.htm

Yip, this is what i use for the 17" LCDs to the sides of my 2 x 22 LCDs

nedkelly
30-04-2012, 01:55 PM
Had any issues with them sol?
The same models that rony linked?
I was leaning towards the ones from PB but if yours are better and not much dearer will change my mind.

Slankydudl
30-04-2012, 06:13 PM
Seriously if its only for a month or even long term a dvi splitter will cost like 30 bucks.

SolMiester
30-04-2012, 06:27 PM
Had any issues with them sol?
The same models that rony linked?
I was leaning towards the ones from PB but if yours are better and not much dearer will change my mind.
Had a couple out of about a dozen that were a bit flacky, but they replaced those, have had a couple fail too....not sure on the price now, it was about 18 months
Actually Ned, mine ones are rextron USB to VGA, the analog ones only go up to 12*10, the USB to dvi do full HD