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Posted · Original PosterOP

I have 2 monitors which both only have HDMI inputs, but I only have 1 HDMI output. Is there a way to get separate signals to the monitors?

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What other video outputs do you have?

 

For reference monitor (not primary) I have just converted DVI output to HDMI with a converter dongle.

 

you can find a converter for pretty much anything on eBay.

 

even some pretty obscure ones! RS233 to HDMI? Probably one for that somewhere...

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, NineEyeRon said:

What other video outputs do you have?

 

For reference monitor (not primary) I have just converted DVI output to HDMI with a converter dongle.

 

you can find a converter for pretty much anything on eBay.

 

even some pretty obscure ones!

I have 1 HDMI, 1 DVI-D, 1 VGA. The DVI and VGA are both in use though

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2 minutes ago, NineEyeRon said:

Any free PCIE slots?

1 PCIE x16 and 1 PCIE x1 but I don't have the budget for a decent graphics card at this time

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Just get a DVI to HDMI adapter for the second monitor.


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1 minute ago, kaiju_wars said:

Just get a DVI to HDMI adapter for the second monitor.

Would this output two seperate signals or the same signal to both monitors?

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1 minute ago, Faisal A said:

@TB4211 You can get a cheap gpu for £10 on ebay

Something of that price would probably have worse graphics than my current AMD Ryzen 5 2500G

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1 minute ago, TB4211 said:

Would this output two seperate signals or the same signal to both monitors?

If you're doing dual monitors, it all depends on what you want.  Just make sure you set it to extend the displays in Windows.  (I'm assuming this is on a PC)


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1 minute ago, kaiju_wars said:

If you're doing dual monitors, it all depends on what you want.  Just make sure you set it to extend the displays in Windows.  (I'm assuming this is on a PC)

It is on a PC, it would actually be triple monitors as I would be keeping my current monitor connected to VGA

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6 minutes ago, TB4211 said:

It is on a PC, it would actually be triple monitors as I would be keeping my current monitor connected to VGA

Then yeah, just buy an HDMI to DVI adapter and extend the displays

 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, kaiju_wars said:

Then yeah, just buy an HDMI to DVI adapter and extend the displays

 

Sounds good. Thanks 👍

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10 minutes ago, kaiju_wars said:

Then yeah, just buy an HDMI to DVI adapter and extend the displays

 

the adapter would probably cost the same as a secondhand nvidia gpu. considering hes using VGA i dont think 4k is a requirement  eighter xD


 
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1 minute ago, Norwegiantweaker said:

the adapter would probably cost the same as a secondhand nvidia gpu. considering hes using VGA i dont think 4k is a requirement  eighter xD

If he's using a Ryzen APU though, the GPU he'd get for a (at most) $10 adapter would perform way worse than the Vega graphics he has.


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1 minute ago, Norwegiantweaker said:

the adapter would probably cost the same as a secondhand nvidia gpu. considering hes using VGA i dont think 4k is a requirement  eighter xD

A 7 USD cable is probably easier to use though, plus I can't imagine you get a usable GPU for 7 USD second hand.


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Just now, kaiju_wars said:

If he's using a Ryzen APU though, the GPU he'd get for a (at most) $10 adapter would perform way worse than the Vega graphics he has.

 

Just now, Minibois said:

A 7 USD cable is probably easier to use though, plus I can't imagine you get a usable GPU for 7 USD second hand.

https://www.amazon.com/Cable-CableCreation-Plated-Support-1080P/dp/B01FM51TT8/ref=asc_df_B01FM51TT8/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167141218295&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3670521930080249545&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9021060&hvtargid=pla-305849358389&psc=1

 

Yeah... $7 cable.  If he went a GPU for that price, he'd be losing performance.  


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Just now, kaiju_wars said:

for outputting a display? wouldn't he lose more performance by hooking up more shit to the apu ? does the apu get disabled if you install a gpu ? 


 
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Just now, Norwegiantweaker said:

for outputting a display? wouldn't he lose more performance by hooking up more shit to the apu ? does the apu get disabled if you install a gpu ? 

The integrated graphics get disabled, yes.  Regardless of fancy name, an APU is just a CPU with integrated graphics from AMD.

And no, with modern GPUs, even integrated, you don't lose performance with two or even three displays.


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1 minute ago, kaiju_wars said:

The integrated graphics get disabled, yes.  Regardless of fancy name, an APU is just a CPU with integrated graphics from AMD.

And no, with modern GPUs, even integrated, you don't lose performance with two or even three displays.

interesting. 


 
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I guess it’s worth trying the HDMI splitter route, I did some googling and it came back that it was possible to use a splitter and then extend the monitors.

 

If that fails then a second cheap GPU to just give you an extra HDMI output is an option but probably has many drawbacks if it’s own.

 

I would personally go down the splitter route first and have fun trying to get it to work. Just make sure it’s not a switching one which only allows one at a time but a true signal splitter.

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