I need some help on this. I have an XP Media Center PC with
two monitors, both 1680x1050. I just got a 1080p HDTV with
HDMI in and I want to drive it from the PC as well. I was hoping
I could make them all one desktop.
My first thought was, get a second video card and drive the TV from that.
Wrong! Won't work unless the motherboard supports Crossfire or SLI,
and both cards must be the same. But I only have one PCI express slot
so no way will this work.
Second thought, get a four-head video card. Don't wanna pay $400+
for a video card.
My third thought, give up on three simultaneous monitors,
just swap the TV and one of the monitors when I need the TV. So I
buy a new video card that supports 1080p resolution (old one didn't go
that high on DVI - many don't). Now the problem is this. When I
boot the computer XP sees the two monitors decides
the max resolution they support is 1680x1050. So when I connect the
TV, I can't use the 1080p resolution. Since sending a TV an unsupported
resolution can fry it, I have to send it 720p.
That means I have to boot with the TV connected, which is inconvenient.
Isn't there some better way to handle all this?