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Old 11-05-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

Hi,

I just ordered another 24 samsung from FT but I dont know how to hook up 2 monitors to my laptop??

First, I called GeekSquad at BestBuy, and Agent Frank had no idea what to do becaues he is a clown and not the geek I needed.


I have a Dell M1330 w/ 4gb ram and all the other max options.

What cords, products, connectors, or anything else do I need?


Thanks!
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Old 11-05-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

Poolside -

With that laptop I do believe you can use the VGA and HDMI to have a "dual" monitor setup.

You would need a montior with an HDMI connection of course to take advantage of that.

It looks like video over usb via a converter is also an option but there are pretty bad reviews on using USB Video on this laptop.

If you use the VGA and HDMI you will technically have 3 monitors with the laptop monitor itself.

If you tried to split the VGA you wouldn't really have 2 unique monitors but 2 monitors that display the same desktop.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:50 PM   #3
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

so i'm going to try the 2 outputs on my laptop:

1 monitor from the VGA

1 from the HDMI

hopefully the laptop can extend the desktop to the 2 monitors.
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Old 11-05-2008, 02:56 PM   #4
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

anyone else ever try 2 monitors from 1 laptop?


or have other input?


this is very similar to my laptop: http://cgi.ebay.com/DELL-XPS-M1330-2...1%7C240%3A1318

but i have smaller hard drive

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Old 11-05-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

I don't know how it will work with your laptop, but with my laptop, i can hook up 2 monitors (1 VGA, 1 HDMI) and under my video card options it will only let me choose 2 of the monitors (Laptop+Monitor1, Laptop+Monitor2,or Monitor1+Monitor2). Your laptop may be able to support all 3, i dont know. Just giving you some info on my experience.
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Old 11-06-2008, 06:53 AM   #6
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

Matrox have a dual head to go

http://http://www.matrox.com/graphic...cts/gxm/dh2go/


which should do the trick.
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:23 AM   #7
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

If the new monitor doesn't have HDMI inputs can you use an HDMI to DVI cable?
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:09 PM   #8
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If the new monitor doesn't have HDMI inputs can you use an HDMI to DVI cable?
Yep. That's what i use.

I also have one of these
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
It works well if you have a spare hdmi cable and don't want to buy a separate hdmi to dvi cable. That website also has hdmi to dvi cables for only $5-10. Very cheap.
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Old 11-06-2008, 10:23 PM   #9
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

Matrox DualHead2Go

This is your best and only option..I've used it for a while, fantastic product. Bout $200.
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I don't know how it will work with your laptop, but with my laptop, i can hook up 2 monitors (1 VGA, 1 HDMI) and under my video card options it will only let me choose 2 of the monitors (Laptop+Monitor1, Laptop+Monitor2,or Monitor1+Monitor2). Your laptop may be able to support all 3, i dont know. Just giving you some info on my experience.
is this still feasible...how do i go about dointhis?

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Matrox DualHead2Go

This is your best and only option..I've used it for a while, fantastic product. Bout $200.
is this still the best product? price vs. valu vs. production?
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

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Matrox DualHead2Go

This is your best and only option..I've used it for a while, fantastic product. Bout $200.
definitely not the only option lol. He can plug one into VGA and one into HDMI and close the lid of his computer, and use the 2 external monitors. The laptop won't be able to run all 3, but there is no need to buy a 200$ external video solution...
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:49 AM   #12
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Re: MONITORS: How do I hook up 2 monitors to LAPTOP?

I have an external video card from a USB port that works fairly well. I haven't had a poker problem with it, but streaming video gives me issues. If you go that route buy the Triton and not an off brand.
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Old 01-09-2010, 03:27 PM   #13
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thanks guys.
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