Two VGA only monitors & one VGA only PC - Dual screen needed. Please suggest.
July 16, 2012 7:06 PM   Subscribe

I have a PC - CPU tower with one VGA port, a DVI port and few USB ports. And I cannot open this to add any cards, corp policy. And two monitors with just VGA ports. Is it possible to setup a dual monitor? - one extending to another not a splitter with mirror image in two monitors Please help.
posted by daveg02 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
You can get a DVI to VGA converter.
posted by zamboni at 7:11 PM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

You can also add a monitor via USB (read the details and reviews, though; there are resolution and speed restrictions)
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl at 7:15 PM on July 16, 2012

Assuming your video card has the ability to push the pixels the Matrox's Dualhead to Go does exactly what you want.
posted by Mitheral at 7:33 PM on July 16, 2012

Seconding the DVI to VGA adapter. Although you need to make sure your DVI port has the two pins on either side of the flat wider pin like on these connectors.
posted by tresbizzare at 8:07 PM on July 16, 2012

Yeah, start with the cheap adapter, and work your way up to the Matrox. I'm not affiliated with the site, but is my go-to for cables and adapters. (USA.)

Although, to be honest, any IT department probably has 5 of these in a drawer somewhere. You can borrow one for a test.
posted by Sunburnt at 8:22 PM on July 16, 2012

tresbizzare has it. Chum around IT. There are tons floating around in the back of drawers and boxes and stuff. Unless there was a recent purge of "useless garbage" lately, but it doesn't sound like your situation.

Beware, though, even if the card has both a VGA and DVI port, the card itself might not be able to support dual screens if it's super-duper-ultra-budget. But most modern cards will be able to extend across two monitors no sweat.
posted by porpoise at 9:09 PM on July 16, 2012 [1 favorite]

Does corporate policy also preclude the IT department from doing this for you?
posted by AMSBoethius at 9:14 PM on July 16, 2012

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