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how can I know whether my computer supports dual computer

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Hi,

I am new to this dual monitor thing and I just wanted to know if there is any way to know whether my computer supports dual monitor or not. I am attaching a pic from the back of my computer for your reference. If it does not support it then how can I make it support that?
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at the moment no. it wont support. either you should go for a dual display adapter or you should go for a graphics card which supports dual display
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by:moon_blue69
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Display - VGA or dvi is easily identifiable the second port you see in picture is a com port. What is your use i can guide you better.
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by:Rommel Sultan
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You only have single VGA.

You need to add an additonal VGA card.

Nvidia GT220 GeForce should work for this or any ATI Radeon hd2400 series
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by:athomsfere
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Single VGA port means it only accepts 1 monitor, but any dual head video card would work.

Appears it should have a PCIe slot available.
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by:TheCommunicator
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So you mean that I have two options.

1. Buy a dual display card, which will have two inbuilt digital ports in it.
2. I buy extra graphic card.

right?
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No, I want to extend the monitor.
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by:TheCommunicator
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So, in this case, do I buy a new  dual display card? what would be a better option? buying  a new dual display card or new graphic card?
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by:harryhelp
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Yes, you are correct. There are USB alternatives, but they are your best options!
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by:Rommel Sultan
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No TheCommunicator:So you mean that I have two options.

1. Buy a dual display card, which will have two inbuilt digital ports in it.
2. I buy extra graphic card.

right?
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You cant add a single display to a built dsplay port.

you have to buy a dual display card is your best option because once you insert a VGA card on your PCIe port it will disable the builtin VGA output
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I would not buy a card only to extend from the current VGA. VGA + Card is bound to cause driver conflicts and other issues if not done right. It would be better to buy a discreet card instead for both displays.

If you are not a big gamer, any low end card will do.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125250

That card has a DVI and VGA port, as well as an HDMI. If both your monitors are VGA then a DVI to VGA adapter can be bought cheaply as well.
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by:TheCommunicator
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So this thing is called dual display card? one more thing. Are there any parameters to consider here like

1. compatibility
2. Physical dimensions

here?
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by:Rommel Sultan
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Yes,
You need to consider the size of your casing when chosing a dual display video card

What I have is this
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001C7KMQ2/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=
Which includes Dual VGA Y splitter and braket for Low profile casing.



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by:TheCommunicator
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Well I have Dell Vostro Mini 230. Where would I find information stating which dual adapter be good for this?
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by:athomsfere
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What form factor is your PC? Is it the slimline or the mini-tower?

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by:TheCommunicator
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It is slim tower
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by:verdasco
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You can use a converter as well like a X2 VGA coverter. Though your systems performance would be degraded.
But if you're really concerned about your performance then go for a Dual VGA support Graphics Card or you have a VGA + HDMI support Graphics card also available.
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Thank you so much for your guidance guys. That was so great help :).
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