PCI refers to the, normally, white slots.Originally posted by lomfs24
Couple questions about PCI video cards.
1. When it says PCI does that go in the normal white plastic PCI clips on the motherboard or is it a special PCI card that goes in the brown plastic clip?
Usually AGP are brown. Newer motherboards have PCI-express which seem to vary in colors (just from the ones i've seen).
yes, you can run one monitor off of each of two separate PCI video cards (or just buy one card with two VGA outputs). I've only tried it in linux, and I was able to set it up as one massive desktop, or change it to two distinct desktops. I imagine windows is the same way.2. If they go in the white plastic clips can you run more than one PCI video card at one time? If you can will it give you two desktops or will it give two desktops that react identical or will it give you two monitors acting as one big desktop?
It may depend on the drivers for the cards, but I had a friend who ran 3 monitors with no problem (one dual head card, and one single head). he ran them as three individual desktops, IIRC.Here's what I want to do. I want to run 4 monitors on one computer. I would really like them to be 4 monitors as one big desktop not 4 separate desktops. And what I don't really want is 4 monitors that all do the same thing.
I am cruising some of the Matrox dual and quad head video cards on ebay. I can get video cards dirt cheap, dual head one's aren't that much more expensive and quad heads are spendy. If I could run two dual head cards and have one big desktop that would suit me just fine.
eta: be aware that you may need a pretty good power supply to run that much hardware.