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supersi
10-07-2013, 11:31 AM
I have an HP/Compaq Pentium 4 desktop with Intel integrated graphics and 1 x VGA out connected to a Philips 19" LCD screen.
I want to connect another 19" monitor so I can work over two screens, for instance placing a word doc on one screen and my email inbox on another.

Should it be easy enough to buy a VGA adapter that can split-off my desktop to two screens?

Will I need additional software?

CYaBro
10-07-2013, 11:37 AM
If there is only one VGA output then splitting with a VGA splitter will only allow the same thing to be displayed on both screens (Clone).
If you want independent screens then you would need to add another graphics card or get a USB VGA adapter.
Something like this: http://www.dynamix.co.nz/index.html?do=viewproduct&code=USB-VGA020&ID=31024334
Cost is probably around $100.

gary67
10-07-2013, 12:47 PM
Just get a cheap video card with 2 outputs

coldot
10-07-2013, 05:17 PM
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=KVMREX0061&name=REXTRON-USB-to-VGA-Converter-Res.-1600x1200-USB-Ty (http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=KVMREX0061&name=REXTRON-USB-to-VGA-Converter-Res.-1600x1200-USB-Ty)
That should do the job.

pcuser42
10-07-2013, 05:39 PM
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=KVMREX0061&name=REXTRON-USB-to-VGA-Converter-Res.-1600x1200-USB-Ty That should do the job.Just be aware that this would put a bit more load on the CPU as it'll have to do the graphics work. Personally I'd go for what Gary suggested and get a cheap PCIe graphics card, they can be had for as little as $50. :)

gary67
10-07-2013, 07:03 PM
Yep I have a fanless asus card cost less than $100 and it drives 2 monitors nicely, one on VGA the other on DVI

wainuitech
10-07-2013, 07:14 PM
Being a Pentium 4 age, if you get a graphic card with two outputs, check first what the slot on the motherboard is, either AGP or PCI-E. In fact check its even got a Graphic Slot - some didn't have them.

Agent_24
11-07-2013, 12:29 AM
If it's a Pentium 4 with Intel IGP it's probably AGP or nothing.

PCI cards can be had (you'd likely need to find one second hand) but are slower than AGP\PCI-E, especially at the resolution you'd need for two 19" monitors. Then again, if you're coping on an Intel IGP perhaps you wouldn't notice...