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User Info: XxTwisted26xX

XxTwisted26xX
3 years ago#1
Im trying to connect multiple displays to the computers at work, but the PCs are DELL Optiplex 780s with only 1 VGA port. Is there a way to get them to dual monitor besides installing a new GPU (I dont even think you can haha these PCs are tiny).
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User Info: urtv

urtv
3 years ago#2
splitter

User Info: wildog2006

wildog2006
3 years ago#3
a splitter will only let you duplicate the display. you can try a USB-VGA adapter if you don't want to go the GPU route.
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Shub
3 years ago#4
Can you not use the DisplayPort port?

Also, unless you have the USFF chassis, you can install an additional video card, just make sure it's low-profile. The tower, desktop and SFF chassis all support adding a video card.
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NicoC96
3 years ago#5
As Shud said, unless you are working with the Ultra Small model, you can use a low profile card. These are pretty cheap on Newegg right now: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127557
That's that sort of thing you'll need if you do decide to go the graphics card route. Just make sure it comes with the low profile bracket.

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XxTwisted26xX
3 years ago#6
Shub posted...
Can you not use the DisplayPort port?

Also, unless you have the USFF chassis, you can install an additional video card, just make sure it's low-profile. The tower, desktop and SFF chassis all support adding a video card.


Erm... im a noob at this computer thing. I thought the only display outputs were VGA, DVI and HDMI... :/
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Shub
3 years ago#7
Well, now you know there's another type and it's called DisplayPort.
It can have two different types of connectors, but the one I expect you will find on your computer looks like this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lenovo_x220_dp_crop.jpg

(The other kind looks like this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mini_DisplayPort_on_Apple_MacBook.jpg)
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Xjph
3 years ago#8
According to the Googles the Optiplex 780 does have a displayport output. You should be good to go as long as you have a monitor with a displayport input.
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XxTwisted26xX
3 years ago#9
Xjph posted...
According to the Googles the Optiplex 780 does have a displayport output. You should be good to go as long as you have a monitor with a displayport input.


Ah the input has to be a displayport? Dang, I was thinking the input could be VGA or DVI, with output being displayport. I think the tech said he bought two external VGA outputs (like he described them as plugging this external device into the single VGA output in the desktop, allowing you to have now two VGA outputs).
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KillerTruffle
3 years ago#10
Displayport typically works with a small adapter cable to convert it to HDMI or DVI.

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