Question About Dual Monitors

Espnetboy3

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I am currently using a 19 inch flat screen not panel View Sonic crt monitor. I have another crt 17inch monitor sitting in my basement. What do I need to buy to be able to hook it up to my computer so I can run two screens for editing?
 

trainguy77

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What type of computer do you have?

If it is a tower you may need a second video card. If you post what machine it is we could help you more. :)
 

Espnetboy3

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sorry I totally forgot. Its a g4 powermac quicksilver. 733mhz, 1.2gig ram with a geforce 2 twin display. I dont know what this means but it says main display:Yes Mirror: Off Online:Yes
Any help is apreciated thanks.
 

Duff-Man

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Duff-Man says...if it is the "twinview" model of the GeForce card then you have everything you need - just plug in the second monitor, open the monitors prefpane and set them how you wish....oh yeah!
 

Espnetboy3

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thats great news. Im gonna hook it up tomorrow and see how it is. Ill let you guys know.
 

sacear

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Espnetboy3 said:
What is the monitors pref pane? Where is it?
Monitors also = Displays. So go to "System Preferences" and select "Displays" from the "Hardware" row.

Hope that helps. :)
 

Espnetboy3

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Ya I did that but I didnt notice anything saying two monitors. Although I did check this last night before I hooked up the other monitor. Maybe a new option apears when I plug it in.
 

Espnetboy3

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Ok in the back of my computer I have my slot that my current monitor is plugged into. Then right next to it is another slot but its about twice as wide and the two monitors I have tried dont fit into it. Instead of being the same size as the first slot its much wider. Is there an adapter I need to buy? I figured because it says my video card is twin view I would have two slots(although the computer is a few years old) do I need something to connect both monitors into one? Thanks
 

sacear

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2nd Display auto-detected

Espnetboy3 said:
Ya I did that but I didnt notice anything saying two monitors. Although I did check this last night before I hooked up the other monitor. Maybe a new option apears when I plug it in.
That's correct. When you plug in the second display, the system will detect a second display, and then the second display will show up in the preferences. :)
 

Espnetboy3

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How much do one of these bad boy adapters cost. Would the apple store be a good place to make this purchase or someplace like staples or best buy?
 

Espnetboy3

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What is adc? I mean I have one vga slot on my computer that my monitor is plugged into correct? Wouldnt i just need an adapter like a y plug that makes 1 vga into 2?
 

sacear

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VGA adaptor connector

Espnetboy3 said:
What is adc? I mean I have one vga slot on my computer that my monitor is plugged into correct? Wouldnt i just need an adapter like a y plug that makes 1 vga into 2?
Oh, no. It does not work like that. Each display must have its own connection to the video card. Hence, the auto-detection of second monitor. If you used a Y-type adaptor, then each screen would display exactly the same thing, which really is not helpful.

ADC is Apple Display Connector. That connector was used on the Power Mac G4 models.

Your video card probably has one VGA connection and one ADC connection. So to connect a second VGA display, you must get an ADC to VGA adaptor. Check this link for a ADC to VGA connector from the Apple Online Store. Call your local Apple Store to see if they have one in stock. Or check your local computer retailer.

Hope that helps. :)
 

sacear

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Call Apple Store

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This is all that I saw on the site that was remotely near what i need and it says it doesn't work with my mx2 video card. same link
So this is your set-up?
VGA Extractor is not compatible with the original Apple TwinView card based on nVidia GeForce 2MX that shipped in Power Mac G4 800 DP (model M8361) computers.
Is your computer a Power Mac G4 800 DP (model M8361)? Or is that the card you have?

Well, I know Belkin also makes a similar product. Apple carried it before, but it's not on their web store now. Maybe it is still in the walk-in Apple Stores. Give your local Apple Store a call tomorrow and tell them what you want to do. They ought to be able to get you working the way you want.

Many others have connected two VGA displays to their Power Mac G4 computers before and are surely still doing so now. Anyone else out there have any tips for Espnetboy3?
 

pdpfilms

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Not to pirate the thread or anything....

But I've got two monitors installed (20" cinema+NTSC monitor). Is it possible to install a video card in my G5 in one of the PCI slots to allow a third and fourth monitor? Do they even make PCI video cards?
 

sacear

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PCI video cards

pdpfilms said:
Not to pirate the thread or anything....

But I've got two monitors installed (20" cinema+NTSC monitor). Is it possible to install a video card in my G5 in one of the PCI slots to allow a third and fourth monitor? Do they even make PCI video cards?
Yes, and yes.

I know ATi makes some. Here's one.
 

Mord

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go into system profiler, if your graphics card is labled as a geforce 2 and has 32MB vram it cant do dual displays, if it has 64MB vram it can.