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Dual monitors but only 1 powered at a time

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello guys,

 

I was wondering if it was possible to have 2 HDMI plugged into the GPU ports, but only 1 monitor running at a time.

 

What I want to do is have 2 HDMI cables in different ports on the GPU, but only one display and switch between the two cables, as a workaround so I can work stood up.

 

Will the display work when switching between the two cables?

 

I'm in the process of building a PC yet again, but only have a laptop so I can't test 😐

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You can just mirror the displays instead of extend, so the same thing is on both.


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yeah like posted above just go into the display settings and pick to extend the first display to the second and them you will see what is one the fist screen on the second screen at the same time. 

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Yes, this will work, but as @fasauceome recommended, mirroring the two monitors may be better.


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3 minutes ago, Mira Yurizaki said:

Another way is to power off the monitor you don't want to use. Windows will only send video to monitors that are on.

 

What exactly are you trying to accomplish here though?

from what he posted it seems to me he has a monitor at normal sitting height and then one above it at standing height. so when he wants to stand he can still use a monitor. I have to say if you don't want to use two monitors at once that is a good option other then getting a moving desk or a thing you put on your desk that allows you make to taller/normal high. 

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Just now, MrPoopyButtHole said:

I have to say if you don't want to use two monitors at once that is a good option other then getting a moving desk or a thing you put on your desk that allows you make to taller/normal high. 

Assuming they don't already have another monitor, I agree to having a movable monitor arm. A good standing desk can be an expensive proposition.

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A cheap HDMi switch will do ya.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L8LLP2G/

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Or like above, a monitor arm

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the replies guys.

To clarify:

I'm using a normal desk with a monitor and have a wall table across the room just so I can work stood up.

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1 hour ago, Sike said:

Thanks for the replies guys.

To clarify:

I'm using a normal desk with a monitor and have a wall table across the room just so I can work stood up.

If you're using two monitors to switch between different work desks than you should just do what @fasauceome suggested and just duplicate the displays.

 

You could get an hdmi switcher or just change which monitor displays in the windows display setting but if your gpu has 2 hdmi ports like you said in your original post then using a switcher or going to windows display settings seems like it'd be a pain to do every time you want to switch from sitting to standing.

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