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Old 02-11-2013, 06:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Will adding a graphics card disable onboard video?

Hi, a techy friend of mine told me that if I add a new video card, the onboard video in my desktop (Dell Inspiron 530) will become disabled. This is a problem for me because I wanted to add a dual head VGA card to get up to 3 monitors, and if I lose the current VGA port I won't have enough room to add another card (I only have 1 PCI express slot)

Is it true that the onboard video will become disabled? Is there a workaround? I have no interest in gaming, I just want to have 3 monitors for work purposes.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Will adding a graphics card disable onboard video?

yes, your friend was correct.
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Actually usually there are ways of keeping the IGP on while a dedicated card is installed. You have to check the bios to be 100% certain.

On the flip side, there are low end cards you can buy that support 3 or 4 monitors.
Galaxy 21GGE4AM9EKP MDT X4 GeForce 210 Multi Display 1GB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com
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i currently am using a dedicated card for my main monitor and my igp for a smaller monitor that extends the desktop. i didnt even have to do anything, it just works.
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Old 02-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Actually usually there are ways of keeping the IGP on while a dedicated card is installed. You have to check the bios to be 100% certain.

On the flip side, there are low end cards you can buy that support 3 or 4 monitors.
Galaxy 21GGE4AM9EKP MDT X4 GeForce 210 Multi Display 1GB 64-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com
Thanks; I am looking at the card and I guess I don't know enough because I see only 2 DVI ports. Are you suggesting using splitter cables, or something else?
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Take a closer look at the pictures.
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Thanks; I am looking at the card and I guess I don't know enough because I see only 2 DVI ports. Are you suggesting using splitter cables, or something else?
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