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Ive got a Matrox Milennium P750 running on my machine with 3 monitors.  Id like to add a 4th one, but Im not sure if...

a)  its possible
b)  I can do it with the card I have

Looking for recommendations on how I can get that 4th monitor hooked up, if its even possible.
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by:Callandor
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Win2K and WinXP have multimonitor support and can handle more than 3 monitors.  Your card has a triple head and is AGP, so if you get a PCI video card, you should be able to add monitors.  Trading floors have six or more monitors per machine, so this is not new, but they use Appian Graphics cards.
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by:soBC
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Thanks.  2 more quick questions...

1.  Will I have any performance issues between the monitor connected to the PCI and the monitors connected to the Matrox?
2.  If I got another Matrox card, could I conceivably have up to 6 montiors?  (3 on each card)

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1. Yes - PCI cards are not as fast as AGP - this is the price you pay for more displays.
2. If it's a PCI card, yes, you can have six monitors.  Can you afford six monitors? ;-)
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by:soBC
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According to my wife, absolutely not.  But i have a dream.  And in my dream, there is no alt+tab.  Maybe Ive watched Swordfish too many times...
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by:soBC
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So, I couldnt get another Matrox 750?  Id have to get a PCI card instead?
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by:Callandor
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That card looks like it only comes in AGP, so you would need to get something like the Parhelia, or settle for fewer monitors with the G450.
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