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    Running two video cards?

    I have a PC-Chips mobo with Nvidia/Aladdin TNT2 video built onboard. The manual describes it as AGP although it's physically on the m/board; in fact the m/board has no AGP socket at all. Can I plug in a PCI video card and run both at the same time connecting them to separate monitors? Btw I'm running Win98SE + Win2000 dual boot. Thanks.

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    I don't think so. There is probably a jumper on the motherboard which enables/disables the onboard video.

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    You might be able to- a friend of mine said he has dual monitors running an AGP and PCI card, and that windows is pretty smart about it! He's like- "After I'd done it, I couldn't believe I hadn't done it earlier" I'm trying to get an old ATI all in wonder PCI card to run a 2nd monitor & double as a TV They're running about $15-20 on ebay (hey, don't bid on the one ending tomorrow- that's mine! heh)

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    I have a friend that ran the integrated video in a Compaq plus a PCI ATi card, successfully. Pretty cool with the two monitors.

    So yes, I think you can do it.

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    Interestingly this m/board has jumpers to disable sound, modem and NIC but does not have one for the onboard video. Which makes me think the onboard video can co-exist with a PCI video card - if don't want it just leave it running without a monitor, no need to disable. Well... I hope that's the case.

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    I think it will be possible for you. Although Windows 98 does have settings for a single adapter for video, it does not mean that there will be no output from a second video, it may just mean that you won't get all the performance out of the secondary card. sounds like a good idea for a tv. good luck!
    i'm pretty sure the software from the ati aiw card will allow you to make seperate settings specifically for that card and not interfere with the other.
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