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I want to drive 5 different monitors from a single computer. As I only have a one AGP slot I need to find some decent PCI video cards. I'd prefer for each of them to have 2 VGA outs to cut down on the number of slots I need to take up. Picture quality isn't that important since they will just be displaying data. Anyone know of such cards??


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If I remember correctly Matrox had a PCI version of their first G400 Dual Head. But I might be wrong. :cool:
 

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About 4 years ago right before Windows 2000 was released, a webmaster for the company I was working for bought a Quad Video PCI Card. It came with special drivers to make it work on NT4, but I at least know they exist. I seem to remember it wasnt made by any MFG you would consider a well known from the PC Standpoint. But a little poking around Yahoo or Google may point you in the right direction.
 

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Quad Video PCI - I already got some hits,


One of particular interest was a special card by Matrox. G200 MMS (Multi Monitor System?) Part No 25P2723 listed on PriceWatch for $363


Edit1: Just found the "PNY Quadro4 NVS 400" does the same thing and costs around $400
NVidia Page on Quadro4 (Multiple Versions)
 

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You're going to have some serious compatibility problems trying to use more than one video card unless it's designed to do so.


What you might consider is a VGA splitter. These are boxes that work the opposite way of a KVM switch - you give it the VGA feed, and it'll split it out to a number of monitors.


I can think of a few offhand that are in the $80-200 range that support 4 monitors. I'm sure you can get cheaper ones (or used!) if you don't need hi-res compatibility.


Check out this site ... I've used a few of these in the past, and they always did the job...

http://startech.com/kvmswitches/videosplitter.htm
 

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What you might consider is a VGA splitter. These are boxes that work the opposite way of a KVM switch - you give it the VGA feed, and it'll split it out to a number of monitors.

Unfortunatly I want to display different things on each, so a splitter is out of the question.


I think with 3 nvidia cards, 2 dual headed, I should be able to make it all appear as one really big desktop using just windows. Also I think nvidia has something called nView which may let me do other things as well.


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apnar - If you want to just have an AGP card, and then one PCI card and still be able to run 5 monitors, either analog or DVI, with possible different resolutions on each monitor, and different apps on each monitor, the best solution will come from a company called Appian. They are the leading video card source for CAD developers, so that's how I know about them.


One really nice card, found here:
Rushmore

would suit your needs very nicely.


It can be found here for $519.00:
http://www.isoutsource.com/velograph...D=259&CATID=46

Which would come to about $130 per head, not too bad :D


Oh, and the software bundle that Appian includes, HydraVision, is some of the best in the world for managing and automating the viewing experience.
 
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