# Strand 300 Video Output

#### Felix

##### Member
Currently our strand board only has 1 monitor. Is it possible to add a second monitor without installing the second video card? On the back of the processor unit, it seems as if there are two video port, one's VGA, the other's some funky one that i didn't recognize.

#### Footer

##### Senior Team
Senior Team
is it a white connector?.... do you want the new monitor to display the same info as the screen allready connected or do you want the new monitor to do a cue list?....

#### Felix

##### Member
cue list. so basically i can see more at once.

#### soundlight

##### Well-Known Member
if it's a white connector that's bigger than a standard video connector and has a weird pinout but maintains the D-shell look, it's probably a DVI port. This, as far as I know, will display the same information, and is just a seperate video out for a digital monitor for those who want a digital and not an analog. I'm really not read up on the difference between VGA and DVI, but I know that DVI's better quality video, when it comes down to it...

#### Felix

##### Member
I dont think that is DVI. I build computers and am pretty hardcore into overclock and gaming also, so im very familiar with that.

Im just wondering if the thing is capable if showing data on 2 monitors as it is...

#### soundlight

##### Well-Known Member
Well, what kinda connector is it? That'll help determine the signal that it runs.

#### bdesmond

##### Active Member
Take a picture of it.

You can add a second PCI video card though you'll have to locate one which is half height, which can be a bit difficult.

#### koncept

##### Active Member
the second connector is a video output, i do not remember the exact connector type but it will not help in your quest here. You need to locate a 1/2 hight card. I would sugest calling a couple local lighting stores, they may be able to order one for you.

#### propmonkey

##### Well-Known Member
its the lcd output thingy. if you puch(i think) alt+esc the screen will switch views to what the lcd would display

#### koncept

##### Active Member
i am not sure about the key stroke i used a different one, but that only works if you have the console set up to be dual display. to change it, that is under one of the set up screens.

#### propmonkey

##### Well-Known Member
when you have 2 screens shift+last screen switches between the 2. to switch the ldc view its alt+esc

#### MHSTech

##### Active Member
That connector would be a TFT Panellink, I believe.

#### Balo

The second connector next to the VGA port is an MDR20. It was used for a short time prior to DVI's appearance in computers. Another Sony creation, it was short lived, carried good clean digital signal & power to the strand monitors on the higher end Strand 300 consoles. You can find MDR20 to DVI adapters online for about $15. It's also the same video output as the VGA connector. #### Darthrob13 ##### Active Member The second connector next to the VGA port is an MDR20. It was used for a short time prior to DVI's appearance in computers. Another Sony creation, it was short lived, carried good clean digital signal & power to the strand monitors on the higher end Strand 300 consoles. You can find MDR20 to DVI adapters online for about$15. It's also the same video output as the VGA connector.
And if the monitor becomes unplugged (or the adapter in this case) shut the console down before replugging...the inrush can (and will) destroy the board mounted TFT displays.