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Thread: Is it easy to run a lilliput and TFT from same computer?

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    Lightbulb Is it easy to run a lilliput and TFT from same computer?

    After my first sucessfull attempt at a carputer (IMO), i want to take mine to the next level...

    I am just starting to modify my original dash, with loads of fibreglass...so i thought i'd take the opertunity to make some drastic changes...

    The plan is to have my lilliput 7" for myself (Driver), and use a 15" TFT for the other half...

    Ideally i would want to get rid of the cars dials (well hide them, as its illegall in the UK to remove them), and use my lilliput to show MPG, RPM, Fuel, etc...

    On the other 15" TFT, i would want to show movies, music vids, etc...

    Has anyone done the above or could you give me any pointers...

    Thanks

    Daz

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    vga splitter?

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    He wants to display different things on the two monitors though, so a VGA splitter wouldn't work.
    You'd have to have either a dual-monitor capable video card, or two separate video cards to do that.

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    even with those 2 its going to be tricky. Id say get a low end epia boad for your dash display just to tie in with OBD2 and a more powerful one for yr 15" screen. It aint easy to output two different screens from one PC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no1knows
    even with those 2 its going to be tricky. Id say get a low end epia boad for your dash display just to tie in with OBD2 and a more powerful one for yr 15" screen. It aint easy to output two different screens from one PC.
    Its not too hard at all, with my nvidia mx 440 I can display a movie on a TV and do normal stuff on the main screen (even control the movie on the TV) however you connot use windows media player, as clicking the mouse would take it out of fullscreen mode. With the new graffics cards comming with two DVI ports or One DVI and one VGA which both are capable of using two monitors, some even three with an added s-video (but im not sure if one is shared?) So software will probably start comming out making it alot easier to use multiple screens.

    The only problem is mini-itx boards only have a single PCI port, in the future, hopefully, this will become a 16x PCI Express slot however most people have epias and they only have 1 PCI slot so finding such cards is harder.

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    I haven't had any trouble with 4 monitors and 1 TV, all being run from one computer.

    I used a FX5900SE in the AGP slot (2 monitors). Then I added a GF4MX440 (these are both nVidia cards if you don't know) to run two more monitors.

    Plus I have a Hauppauge PVR-350 (PCI video capture card) that has a hardware MPEG-2 decoder, so I can play MPEG-2 files that are stored on my HD, on my TV, while using nearly no CPU resources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eCarô
    I haven't had any trouble with 4 monitors and 1 TV, all being run from one computer.

    I used a FX5900SE in the AGP slot (2 monitors). Then I added a GF4MX440 (these are both nVidia cards if you don't know) to run two more monitors.

    Plus I have a Hauppauge PVR-350 (PCI video capture card) that has a hardware MPEG-2 decoder, so I can play MPEG-2 files that are stored on my HD, on my TV, while using nearly no CPU resources.

    Are you able to see different things on different screens? For example, I would like to have a lilliput on the drivers side for gps, and be able to have the passenger watch a movie on another screen, running from the same comp. Are you able to do this with your setup? Any more details on it would be awesome

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    yes. dual monitors allows you to have totally different windows open in different screens. It's called dualview for nvidia cards, and its very simple to do!

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    Yes. You can drag windows around, from monitor to monitor, like it's one big desktop.

    The TV is not like the desktop, because it only gets a signal fro the capture card. You could use the TV out on one of the vid cards, but you have to lose a monitor (each card does two outputs only).

    I have not had any problem getting my nVidia cards to play nice with each other. You would probably not want to mix manufacturers here though. I have even heard some say that there is big problems trying to get two ATI cards running on the same PC. Stick with nVidia for the least trouble, IMHO.

    If you use a dual-head card (two outputs on the same card), from nVidia, ATI, or Matrox, you should not have any trouble getting two monitors going. My experience is only with nVidia, though.

    Here's a pic for you. Here there are only 3 monitors and a TV hooked up. Plus 2 more monitors that are on another PC.


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    I dont see MP3Car.com on any monitor...

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