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What 2nd Vid Card for Panel Display

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I currently run two 17" monitors off of a GeForce TI4600 card. I have the main view from the DF737 on the main montior and the smaller panels on the other. I would now like to add a 15" monitor for the overhead panel. What would be a good video card to purchase to support this monitor? How much onboard memory, etc? Thanks!Boyd BarkerSenior Command CaptainKBOS Hub ManagerWestWind Airlineshttp://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/DFexperience.jpghttp://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/checklist.htmlMy DF737 Around the World Adventure: http://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/aroundtheworld.html

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In my experience, a fancy video card is completely unnecessary for secondary monitors. Assuming you only want to display 2d panel elements, any old pci video card will be fine. I've used a 2MB ATI Mach 64 card with good success. It won't support 3d views, but that's not really what you want.

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Ken,Agree with your comments.Do you use XP? I had trouble getting a PCI card to be recognised in XP (I had the driver). It was then that I discovered that my GF4 4200 was dual head anyway! But now I would like to add a PCI card for a third monitor as per the original poster.Cheers,Andy

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Andy, thanks for reminding me. I use XP, and I had trouble initially too, but then I discovered that you need to go into your bios and tell it to initialize the PCI card first. Once you do that Windows will (hopefully) recognize the second card.

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Ken,I did try that but it then wouldn't recognise the AGP card at all. Maybe it was just the el cheapo PCI card.Mind you, I didn't spend a heap of time on it as soon as I discovered the 4200 had the dual output. I have since given the PCI card to a friend who runs 98 so I might try a different brand and see how it goes.Now I just need to convince my wife I need a new 19inch monitor!Andy

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Get a Nvidia TNT2. It is cheap and there will always be drivers available. Moreover I can guarantee that it works perfectly together with the GF4Ti4600 and WinXP as this is exactly my setup. Other than that I agree with the above comments. A fancy card will be unnecessary.Alex

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Thank you all for your comments. Alex, since we have the same setup, can I exchange e-mails with you? I may have a few more specific questions. If you don't mind, please e-mail me at NOSPAMchecklistfeedback@houston.rr.com (remove the NOSPAM). Thanks again!Boyd BarkerSenior Command CaptainKBOS Hub ManagerWestWind Airlineshttp://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/DFexperience.jpghttp://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/checklist.htmlMy DF737 Around the World Adventure: http://home.houston.rr.com/checklist/aroundtheworld.html

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No prob. Anytime. Just sent you an e-mail.BTW here is a pic of my current setup.Alex

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I am afraid I don't have many decent pics. I neither have a digital camera nor do I have a tripod. The cockpit ate up all my money :-).Also we should not waste too much bandwith, but here is another one.Alex

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