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    Video card

    I want to use 2 monitors simultaneously with my system. I think I am going to get the MII12000 motherboard, and I know the ATI Radeon 9200 supports my monitor setup. I also know I need to get the PCI version (as MII has no AGP). Just want to verify that this video card will work with my setup. It has VGA, Composite, and SVideo output, so I can connect VGA to my TS, and composite to my visor screens. I also did do a search on this in case anyone wants to tell me to. Thank you.

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    You want to use two VGA screens, a VGA and a composite, or two composite?

    If VGA / Composite, you probably won't be able to get video on both screens simultaneously if you want motion video playback (DVD, video files), but you should be able to do desktop/GPS to both.

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    Sorry, I want to do VGA touchscreen, Composite to the visor screens. The specs on the Radeon 9200 say that it will support dual outputs simultaneously. It has VGA, Composite, and S-Video outputs. So it should just output the same signal (whatever I am doing on the comp. and the time) right?

    And so long as I get the PCI version, it will work with my mobo right?

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    Yes, it should, but once again if you want to see video (like DVD's), you probably won't be able to see it on both screens at once, you'd just see a black screen on one of the screens while the other plays video.

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    That's probably fine, since I will be using my head unit to play DVD's, I can just have that output to both screens (I might use the PC to play movie files sometimes). But why would it only display video on one of the screens? Not that big of a deal, just wondering why?

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    Ever used multi-moniter? When you enable both displays, you have to choose 1 of them as the "Primary display." This is what that's about. It's called overlay - it happens because the video card plays an active role in processing the video stream, and that stream is 'overlayed' over a specified area on your video output. There might actually be ways to work around it - I haven't looked into it. Like if you disabled hardware acceleration.... would probably slow your system to a crawl though.

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    sethsyd, you have some big expectations for that VIA MB. If you plan on playing videos I would get a more powerful system. Just as a general point of reference, the MII 1200 has less processing power than a 600mhz celeron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -CM
    sethsyd, you have some big expectations for that VIA MB. If you plan on playing videos I would get a more powerful system. Just as a general point of reference, the MII 1200 has less processing power than a 600mhz celeron.
    Does the addition of a video card not help alleviate those problems? I have no experience with it.

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    No, if anything more hardware will make it slower. You must decompress video using software (codecs). The EPIA has an on-board "MPEG-2 decoder" but it only works with windvd software. Most video files are MPEG-4 encoded which requires even more power. Here is a link to some performance benchmarks I dug up:

    http://craigrmartin.googlepages.com/benchmarks

    All the VIA chips are in the same ballpark (slow).. I had the MII-10000 and it is only really good for music. With all the new flash skins coming out and cool apps you will thank yourself for investing in a faster machine.

    Also, I would look more into splitting your video signal with inexpensive external hardware instead of doing it with multiple video cards. The only advantage of multiple cards is that you can put different images on different screens.
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    Just to give you an idea, you can split the VGA signal with a $40 IOgear device and feed one of them into a VGA-composite converter such as this:

    http://www.digit-life.com/articles/g...xe2/index.html

    I'm sure there are better products out there for this type of thing, just look around on google.
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