Adding a second video card adapter with monitor to Media Center PC

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Robert Hwang, Oct 7, 2004.

  1. Robert Hwang

    Robert Hwang Guest


    I recently just purchased a Media Center PC HP and it comes with a ATI
    Radeon X300 SE video card. When I first installed my other video card, a PNY
    MX4000 PCI GEForce 4, it only would come up as a 4 bit video card. So I took
    out the ATI, and configured the PNY so that it showed up correctly. Then when
    I reinstalled the ATI, both came up fine. But then, now my computer won't let
    me watch TV. It says that it can't allow me to watch TV because the video
    card or drivers is not supported. But I'm trying to watch TV on the ATI card,
    not the PNY card. Would I have to purchase a PCI card that is supported under
    Windows Media Center PC? If so, how do I go about doing so? Where can I find
    a list of supported cards? Even if I purchased another card, would it still
    work? Does Media Center Edition support cards that are PCI as opposed to AGP?
    Robert Hwang, Oct 7, 2004
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    Nigel Barker Guest

    Why do you want to put in the PCI card? If it's just to get another monitor you
    would be better off getting the full blown X300 with CRT & DVI out rather than
    the SE which only has one output.
    Nigel Barker, Oct 8, 2004
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  3. Splitting the MCE display between two monitors (or two cards for that
    matter) is generally not a very good experience.

    I recommend that anyone who wants to be able to use MCE via their
    television or home theater system should purchase a Media Center
    Extender. I'll be able to talk more about that once there is an
    official announcement from MS.

    Peter Near [MCE MVP], Oct 8, 2004
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