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  • Premier Icon iain1775
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    Dell Inspiron 570 desktop
    Windows 7
    Turns out the graphics card (ATI something) doesn’t support 2 monitors despite having VGA, DVI and HDMI ports (HDMI doesn’t seem to work at all)
    It should do but seems a common problem if Internet search anything to go by (sounds like there was a batch of dodgy cards in similar age machines and Dell refused to do anything)
    Both monitors show desktop but both recognised as monitor 1 regardless how plugged in (splitter or one in VGA one in DVI) and therefore cannot extend desktop across them both something I want to do as going to be working from home a lot and like having one monitor for emails and one for excel

    So can someone recommend a cheap graphics card that will do this?
    Don’t want to spend much, don’t do gaming just work, Internet and basic photo/video editing

    I don’t know very much about PC’s to be honest

    Premier Icon Drac
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    I’d check first to see if you can add one Dell Desktops aren’t very user friendly for adding parts.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Something used from Overclockers.co.uk or similiar- get some tech-head’s castoffs. Dell desktops can be a pain but graphics cards are reasonably standardised now on pci-e… So the only things that’d concern me are physical size in the case (some cards are mahoosive) and power supply.

    SamB
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    I can do you an ATI Radeon 4890 if you want? I’ve had it running with two monitors with no problems, and it’s pretty quiet with the non-stock cooling. Have been meaning to ebay it for a while since I’ve upgraded, just not got round to it yet.

    It’s this one: http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/product_index.aspx?psn=000101&pid=259&lid=1

    Let me know if you’re interested 🙂

    xiphon
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    GeForce GTX260 896MB over here if you need one

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    Sam and xiphon
    How much you both after?

    scuzz
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    The above cards offered may need dedicated 6 or 8 pin pci-e power connectors. Check you have sufficient connections to your PSU to support this – you can get 2x 4 pin molex to 1x 6pin pci-e adaptors easily enough (off the top of my head,not sure about 8 pin). Both of the above are also previous generation high/mid range gaming cards and not exactly small. 🙂
    ATi sapphire HD5450 off of Amazon new for £20 will do the job without any additional power connectiobs, as long as you have a pci-e slot on your motherboard (sounds likely). If you can find the model no. of your current card we can let you know if you’ve definitely got the power connection a necessary for the above cards.

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    Scuzz pretty sure it’s a 5450 in there at the moment

    Premier Icon Johnny Panic
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    Have you tried a driver update for the current card?

    SamB
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    As per scuzz’s post – my 4890 needs 2x 6pin PCI-e power inputs, and is a dual-slot card. But it’s also very powerful and very quiet 🙂

    Was looking for ~£30 posted?

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    I always look for fanless graphics cards.
    I’d look at this list for reliable ones:
    http://www.quietpc.com/graphics-cards?sort=price&descending=yes&set=Set

    I don’t see why the first one wouldn’t be ideal.
    It’s a good place to shop too.

    Edit: looks like scuzz has you covered 🙂

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    Yes Steve that’s the first thing I did, card is faulty I suspect given a generous number of similar issues a few years ago on various Dell forums

    I’ll look into it more at the weekend

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