XPS 200


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I have a Dell XPX 200 running Windows XP. The computer came with a Pentium 3.00 GHz processor and 3.0 GB of Ram.

I am currently using all 5 of the USB ports at the rear of the machine but would like to add a second monitor.

Questions:

  1. Is this computer powerful enough to run two monitors at 1920 x 1080 resolution.
  2. Can I use a USB hub to increase the USB ports? Will that work for your Plugable adapters.
  3. If I want to add one additional screen, do I need two adaptors or can I continue to run one monitor from the built-in VGA connector?

#2

Thanks for your questions!

On Windows XP, for purely business application use (not gaming or motion video), that Pentium 3Ghz should be enough horsepower for those two 1920x1080 screens. Vista/Win7 are more demanding, so that would be more borderline on the same machine.

Yes, you can add ports with a USB hub, no problem. The only thing to note is all those devices are sharing the same USB host controller & 480Mbps bus. So when you have a lot of USB activity from other devices, you’ll see the congestion first probably on your USB display.

Yep, using the VGA output is no problem - you only need one USB graphics adapter.

Thanks again for posting these questions. Hope that helps!
Bernie


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