How do I connect a second monitor?

peter newlyn January 17, 2013

I have a Foxconn mobo and an ASUS GeForce video card, both of which have the same monitor connector, though the video card has two of them. I can’t get a second monitor to work either by connecting it to the mobo or to the second video card slow. Do I need a driver for this, or to buy something else?

  1. Jagbir Sembhi
    January 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    just plug in the hdmi or VGA then go to monitor setting and select turn second monitor on.

  2. Safvan Vhora
    January 23, 2013 at 1:27 pm
  3. Dylan Hornbeak
    January 22, 2013 at 2:05 am

    When you installed the driver for the graphics card you are using it came with a software to use with it. It most likely boots up with your system so you should be able to find the nvidia symbol in the hidden icons in your task bar. if not go to start and type nvidia control panel. open it. then look on the left panel and find display. then in that section at the bottom it should say " setup multiple displays" click that and if should auto detect it. if not make sure it is checked in the graphics tab where it says select the displays you want to use. If not then right underneath that there is a link say "My display is not shown..."

    Once you have that all worked out make sure you line the boxes up in the "Drag the icons to match your display configuration" this has to do with your mouse basically and if the second monitor is smaller then the other then you need to line it up how it sits on your desk and make sure its on the right side.

    hope this helped. if not then sorry i was of no use.

  4. Oron Joffe
    January 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    There are several possible answers. If you are using an Intel i3, i5 or i7 processor, the socket on the motherboard will be disabled if you plug in a graphic card.
    Your best option, if your video card has two connectors, is to connect both monitors to it. You can use adaptors (e.g. from DVI to VGA) to make the connectors fit).

  5. Ahmed Musani
    January 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm
  6. Dave Rimmer
    January 17, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Sounds like you have two of the same connectors on your video card, you can connect the two monitors to them you my have to go NVIDIA Control Panel under "Set up multiple displays"..

  7. ha14
    January 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

    modern cards are powerful enough to support two monitors. if you have two digital outputs (HDMI and DVI) and one analog (VGA). You should be able to power your two monitors, best bet for quality would be to get a monitor that supports HDMI input or a converter that takes the HDMI out on the card and changes it to DVI. HDMI -> DVI converters

  8. Alan Wade
    January 17, 2013 at 8:08 am

    It really should just be a case of plugging it in to the second socket on your graphic card and away you go.
    A couple of things worth mentioning, dont hot plug it. Make sure your computer is turned off then plug it in.
    Second, make sure the lead and the second monitor is working. Plug it in and disconnect your main monitor, does it work?
    If it dosnt, plug it into the second socket, now does it work?
    Do any and all of this with the power down then start up your machine once connected.
    It may sound silly but we and you need to know that all parts are functioning as they should be before we error search your problem.

  9. Paul Pruitt
    January 17, 2013 at 2:51 am

    If you have Windows 8, here are the instructions from the help file:

    "Once you plug in your screen, you can choose your display options. To do that:

    1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and then tap Devices. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right [or lower right for me] corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and then click Devices.)

    2. Tap or click Second screen and then choose one of these options:

    • Duplicate. You’ll see the same things on both screens.

    • Extend. Your screen is now spread over two monitors, and you can drag and move items between the two.

    • Second screen only. You’ll see everything on the connected screen, and the other one will remain blank."

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