Solved

Three Monitor Setup on a Windows 8 PC

Posted on 2013-12-05
5
525 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
I have a system that I built last year. It has a Gigabyte H67MA-UD2H-B3 motherboard. I am running Windows 8. This motherboard has 1-VGA, 1-DVI, 1-HDMI and a DisplayPort. How can I get three monitors to work. I have three Acer 24inch wide screen monitors. The monitors have 1-VGA and 1-HDMI. I have the three hooked up but I can only get two to work. Currently I have the HDMI and DVI working. If I disconnect any one of those then the VGA works. Once I plug in the one I disconnected the VGA goes out and the other starts. I have not tried the displayport since I did not know my motherboard had the capability and I do not have a cable for it. I just ordered a cable so I will try it. So what am I missing? How can I get this to work? Thanks
0
Comment
Question by:scennimo
  • 2
  • 2
5 Comments
 
LVL 13

Assisted Solution

by:Andy M
Andy M earned 167 total points
ID: 39698088
I could be wrong but I don't believe you can have a triple monitor setup using an onboard graphics chip. You will probably require a separate graphics card (or two in an SLI/Crossfire configuration) to use three monitors.

The following is a how-to on multiple monitors which may help:

http://www.techradar.com/news/computing-components/peripherals/the-complete-guide-to-multiple-monitors-1074313
0
 
LVL 9

Accepted Solution

by:
BlueYonder earned 333 total points
ID: 39698092
Most videos cards support up to 2 monitors.  Even though multiple video out connections are available, it's for the same output signal.  When 3 monitors are used, you will have 2 mirrored and 1 unique.  You will need another video card to use 3 displays.  I purchased http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002GHBW4S/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 for this purpose.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:scennimo
ID: 39698180
I was looking into getting a new graphics card but I was not sure if I would be able to somehow get this to work with what my motherboard had available. Technology changes so fast that sometimes I just do not know what type of capability my hardware has to offer. As in this DisplayPort. This is something new to me. I guess the new graphics card will have to do. The USB graphics sounds intriguing but how is it on speed. I read that it is fairly slow. Keep in mind that I do not play any graphics intensive games, the USB might be fine for me. I was looking at a pci express card. What are your thoughts? I really do not want to spend to much for a card. Thanks
0
 
LVL 9

Assisted Solution

by:BlueYonder
BlueYonder earned 333 total points
ID: 39698199
I have played videos on the monitor connected to the USB video card and haven't noticed much of a problem.  Plus you can reuse the USB video card on your next system, or other systems, such as a secondary laptop...
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:scennimo
ID: 39698273
Thanks guys. I appreciate your help.
0

Featured Post

Easy, flexible multimedia distribution & control

Coming soon!  Ideal for large-scale A/V applications, ATEN's VM3200 Modular Matrix Switch is an all-in-one solution that simplifies video wall integration. Easily customize display layouts to see what you want, how you want it in 4k.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Problem I recently had a lot of trouble with File Explorer hanging on my personal computer running Windows 8.1. It's important to note that this isn't Internet Explorer. This was happening when I attempted to access a local network location where I…
Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 8, without downloading adware.
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

740 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question