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    If I were to add a video card to a MB with onboard video, could I use both video outputs at once to run dual video or do I need a video card with dual monitor support due to some affect of the added card possibly disabling the onboard one?
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    It depends on the motherboard.

    Way back in the day it was usually an "either/or" proposition, but most of the newer boards (last 6 years or so) I have seen worked fine using integrated and an expansion video card.
    A couple of exceptions, but not sure exactly which or what they were...

    If you have- or can find online- the manual for the MB you have, you may be able to verify before spending money.

    One pointer- in BIOS you should find a few settings regarding video- one for the size of memory for the onboard video (shared mem or video mem, usually) and one for which video device to use as primary: onboard or PCI.
    If you have the second setting, you should be fine to use both.

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    • #3
      Thanks, I'll look into that.
      03 Accord Sedan CarPC

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      • #4
        I was debating about adding a video card to my setup as well. I recently added a video card (GeForce FX5500) to my MII 10000 but the onboard drivers and this card conflicts due to their both using nvidia drivers. I tried using the original drivers for the onboard video but it still conflicts so now I'm just using the external card. The error states something like the driver is from a previous version of windows and to contact the manfacturer for a new driver.
        Gee

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        • #5
          As it turns out, dual output video cards are pretty cheap. I thought they would be costly. If I do decide to add a video card, it'll have dual output.
          03 Accord Sedan CarPC

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