Good morning I hope someone may be able to offer a solution.
I have extended my desktop across two identical monitors. My nvidia graphics card has 1 dvi port and 1 vga.
I also want to be able to connect to a tv (to show pictures, spreadsheets and for BBC i-player etc).
I have used a splitter from the vga port for one of the monitors and the TV but it degrades the appearance of the monitor screen considerably. No amount of messing with the monitor controls can correct this.
What would I need to be able to keep the set up as permanent, rather than having to swap cables on the computer each time I want to use the TV as a third monitor? (It's not very easy to get at).
I really am hoping for a solution which won't involve a horrendously expensive new graphics card.
Apart from an Eyefinity graphics card, if you have a spare PCI slot you could pick up a cheap PCI graphics card (from eBay perhaps) in order to connect a third screen. But before doing this, tell us the following:
What are the native resolutions of your monitors & TV?
What graphics card interface does your system's motherboard have - AGP or PCI-E? G
I hope this helps - I should say that I can run the TV as a monitor, very successfully, but not leave it plugged into the vga splitter as this degrades the image on the monitor that it shares the splitter with.
With your present graphics card, can you run ONE monitor at 1280 x 1024 & the TV at 1920x1080? (Those appear to be their native resolutions by the way).
If yes to the above, & you have a spare PCI slot on the motherboard, then all you need is a basic PCI card to run the 2nd monitor. This shouldn't be more than £5-10 from eBay. I can suggest a few if required. G