Using both built in VGA and expansion card DVI with Dimension c521

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Using both built in VGA and expansion card DVI with Dimension c521

  • Hi - I purchased the c521 with the Radeon x1300 PCIe DVI expansion card.  Now I want to use both the onboard VGA and the DVI ports at the same time.  However, the system insists on disabled the onboard VGA with the Radeon installed.  Am I out of luck?  Is there no way to use both the onboard VGA and expansion card DVI?
     
    And, if there is no way to use the onboard, can I add a VGA card to the PCI slot and then use that alongside the PCIe DVI card?
     
    Thanks for any help!
  • What do you mean, use it at the same time  ?  Two cards one monitor... NO.    Let us know

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  • No - not two cards one monitor.  I want to connect the onboard VGA card to a VGA monitor and the expansion card DVI to a DVI monitor.  If for some reason there's no way to have the DVI card in the PCIe slot active without disabling the onboard VGA, then what are my options?  My situation is such that that I need to connect 1 VGA monito and 1 DVI monitor at the same time, and I'm having trouble finding a half-height card to fit the c521 that can accommodate this.
     
    Thanks,
     
    Cliff
  • http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814161040  x1600 Pro 16X PCI-Express video card, low profile.  With one analog and one dvi input you can use to connect to two monitors.  Best low profile card out today, I believe

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  • Thanks for this tip.  Unfortunately, this card won't work as while it is billed as "low profile" the bracket is actually full height and so cannot be accommodated by the c521.
     
    The trouble here is that the amount of space allowed on the low profile bracket afforded by the c521 may not even be large enough for 1 DVI port plus 1 VGA port.  It may be necessary to use the DMS-59 connector, but the only ones I heard of can be used with 2 x DVI  - not 1 x DVI plus 1 x VGA.
  • I believe you can install another bracket with some of these full size brackets.  I'll look around a little.  Others have done this
     
    Or this card with those low profile brackets
     

    Message Edited by SR45 on 01-30-200703:43 PM

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    VelociRaptor 10,000 rpm HD

    Windows 7 RC 7100

  • Ah, brilliant!  If I understand that product correctly, it will wind up blocking a second slot, but I think that's ok for my purposes.  Thanks so much!
  • It should be very close, but its good to keep the slot next to the card empty for better cooling as I have done.  Only issue, if you ever wanted to use the 1x pci-express slot thats very close to the 16xpci-express slot.  Boy, those small cases are really not for upgrading and what a hassel for you.  good luck

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