Multiple monitors w/ only one VGA port in back - Possible?

One of the gals i the office has been very patient with her crappy old Gateway DX4860 workstation. There's only a VGA port on the back of her machine, but she's expressed an interest in a second monitor. I'd like to accommodate her, but only if the hardware and/or software solution is reasonably stable. (I don't want to be farting around with it a lot.)
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With only one output, you can use a splitter cable, but then all you'll get is the same display on all the monitors connected (cloned mode). I doubt that is what is wanted. Usually when you want several monitors, you want the display to be extended among them. For that you would need a graphical card that has more than one output.

Look for a graphical card you can install in the PC which has 2 or more outputs (most cards available do).

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Add another video card or a usb video adapter
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:

if choose adding one more video adapter, make sure the PCI slot spec is compatible with new adapter.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
i have a DX4860 with an nvidia card i bought a couple years ago and works great with windows 8.1
one monitor connected dvi and the other hdmi
jdanaAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the great feedback. Can anyone tell me if the native Windows 8 "extend desktop" functionality will work with one DVI and one VGA monitor?
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
YES, actually windows does not work there is a DVI over there... :))
Most PC's these days have PCI-Express x16 slots for video cards. So check what slots there are, and if you have a PCI-Express x16 slot get a card for that interface. The Image below shows what those slots look like.

PCI Express and PCI ports
Besides that, it looks as if there are many different models of the DX4860, but those I've just seen online include an HDMI port. If your model has such a port, you don't need an extra card, you can use what is already included on the mainboard. Just make sure that either your 2nd display has an HDMI input, or use an adapter to convert HDMI to VGA or DVI, whatever your display has.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
> "actually windows does not work there is a DVI over there..."

sorry for the typo, it should be "actually Windows does not KNOW there is a DVI over there..."
jdanaAuthor Commented:
I posted a "duh" question, but got a bunch of great answers. "There's no such thing as a stupid question." Right? :) Thanks to all.
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