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Old 7th August 2002, 11:25   #1
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I'm currently looking for a new videocard with dual VGA possibilities cause I'm planning on buying a second monitor and my current card doesn't support that.
Off course there is Matrox, but those cards aren't really gaming cards so that's no option to me (also the new Parhelia is no option, way too expensive).
I was hoping the ATI All In Wonder 8500 supported dual head, since it's simply a magnificant card (very nice combination of a gaming card with tuner), but this doesn't seem to be the case. One option is to buy me that card and buy another cheap GF2 PCI card for my second monitor, but I don't know if that's as good supported by drivers as the dualhead possibilities on a Matrox (I use a Matrox at work with 2 monitors).
The other option seems to be a GeForce 4 4200, which seems to be the best video card (price/speed compared), but I'm not sure anymore about it... Any advice on this ???
 
Old 7th August 2002, 11:30   #2
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what R8500 AIW no dual monitor support *ugh* ? they certainly do
any R7500/R8500 supports DualView

I use a PNY GF4 Ti4600 for dual monitor support: works as a charm
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Old 7th August 2002, 11:33   #3
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what R8500 AIW no dual monitor support *ugh* ? they certainly do
any R7500/R8500 supports DualView

I use a PNY GF4 Ti4600 for dual monitor support: works as a charm
It has a DVI extension I read, but I thaught DVI doesn't mean that you can attach 2 monitors to it, only 1 monitor and 1 tv ?

Quote from ATI website (http://www.ati.com/products/pc/aiwra...0dv/index.html) :

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Connect to a TV and a monitor (VGA or DVI) simultaneously
HYDRAVISION™ software enables you to display information on a TV and monitor at the same time
 
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@JMke: some 3th party R8500 cards have only a singly RAMDAC but still VGA & DVI out. It's possible to use them both, just not at the same time. I'm not aware which brands have dual and which a single ramdac...


I just ordered 3 cheapass Ti4200 cards with VGA, TV-out & DVI, I hope they have dual ramdac's like most GF4's, but it's possible they don't... crossing my fingers.
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you ordered three?
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you ordered three?
maybe a give away?
 
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you ordered three?
Given I break 1 card a week, this should keep me satisfied till septembre.

No, I ordered multiple to lower shipping costs. I'm planning to sell them here for +- 160€ a piece. Cheapest one you can get in BE is MSI for 188€ so it shouldn't be to hard.
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I have an ATI R8500 here, dual screen is working fine with it
the GF4's I had also worked flawless

"Connect to a TV and a monitor (VGA or DVI) simultaneously "

DVI->VGA adaptor does the trick to connect 2nd moni
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DVI->VGA adaptor
It costs € 22 btw
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