2 Monitors with docking station

Posted on 2009-12-18
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
Hey Guys,

I have the following:

The laptop is a Latitude D430 and the docking station is Model # PR01X (Dell LBL P/N: 2U44A05)

I am trying to hoop up 2 monitors to the docking station, or the laptop, so I can get clone screens and or, extended display on the second monitor.

Please guide if this is possible.

Question by:Shivtek
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    Expert Comment

    I assume your using the DVI and the VGA output on the dock. Have you tried UltraMon... it works with my similar setup.
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    Accepted Solution

    Although the dock has both VGA and DVI outputs, it's not clear whether you can use both at once.    If you can, you almost certainly need to first disable the laptop's built-in display, as the video adapter in the laptop can only support 2 displays at once.     But on most laptops you can only support one external monitor unless you use a 2nd video adapter (either PC-Card or USB) or a product such as Matrox's Dual-Head-2-Go or Triple-Head-2-Go.
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    Assisted Solution

    Not with that dock, no.  
    To do what you want you need the full D-series expansion station AND a PCI add-in video card installed into it.
    Like this:

    It's basically the same dock you have but it has a PCI slot inside.

    If you go with a PCI Video card that supports two monitors [a "Dual-Head"] then in combination with the one video port you could support as many as 3 monitors [plus the laptop screen] without getting into too much money.

    There are also older Matrox PCI cards that support 4 monitors up for sale on eBay now and then.
    They would work fine for business applications. Wouldn't do well for games though.
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    Assisted Solution

    I have to second garycase's comment above.  The Matrox products aren't cheap, but work great. I use the triple on my desktop for 3 displays and it's increadible. I have it set to a single desktop, not cloned, so my display resolution is 3840 x 1024.

    You should at least checkout the dual-head-2-go.
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    Assisted Solution

    Both the Matrox (with the PR01X dock you have) or a dual monitor capable card in a PCI slot in a D series dock (as PCBonez noted) will work fine at providing the capability you want.

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