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01-28-2009

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ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2009-01-28, 17:17 PM

Am trying to run dual monitors on this machine. Indicates it has a DisplayPort and VGA output.   Have tried to add a video card to do this per supplier advice - but am not familiar with a DisplayPort.

 

What capability does the DisplayPort have? 

 

Can I run two vga monitors with the base machine? 

 

What adapter do I need?

 

Thanks!!

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01-21-2009

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ReDisplay support Help me decide : ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2009-01-28, 20:57 PM

ADD2 DVI-D Adapter Low Profile(with HDCP) 

 

 

I did some research on the ADD2 Card for my ThinkCentre and it does some thing that may be of benefit.

 

It is a Lenovo Product and it adds to an appropriate Lenovo PC DUAL MONITOR capability.

 

It does NOT have a Graphix Processor on the Card.

 

The Card allows the Integrated Adapter to continue to function and uses the "onboard" Graphicx capabilities of the Motherboard.

 

It's like a twin but uses the "special" ADD2 Slot on the Riser Card.

 

Each Adapter, the Integrated and the ADD2 supplied can run / display independent Applications if you choose.

 

I found mine at NewEgg.

 

Good Luck

 

Mike Lynch

 

 

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01-28-2009

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Re: ReDisplay support Help me decide : ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2009-01-28, 21:39 PM
Thanks Mike - I will check into that.  I also found a DisplayPort cable that connects to DVI for $30 that I hope might work too.  Will let you know as that should be here tomorrow.  The DisplayPort is already installed so if that works I should be in good shape.
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Re: Display support: ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2009-01-29, 20:38 PM

Mike - were you able to install the ADD2 card without a problem?   I found one and have ordered it - but in looking at the card I got from the original supplier - a PNY PCI Express card which is a low-profile card - I compared the low profile bracket that came with it to the spacer that comes installed in the PC and they are the same length.

 

The card-slot on the motherboard appears to be too tall for this VGA adapter to go down far enough so that the bracket will fit properly under the "Adapter retaining latch" when it is closed.

 

I am afraid that when the ADD2 arrives it too will be too tall to allow proper fit.  My fingers and toes are crossed!

 

Thanks,

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07-08-2010

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Re: Display support: ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2010-07-08, 10:42 AM

I try using a low profile ATI Radeon 5HD5450 card but it failed since Lenovo M58P's 240 power supply is too weak power up a 400W video card. Is  ADD2 card solution to get Dual Monitor working in Lenovo M58P (Model 7638)? Where can I find it? price?

 

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Ferruccio Guicciardi

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12-20-2008

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Re: Display support: ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2010-07-10, 14:38 PM

 


wrote:

I try using a low profile ATI Radeon 5HD5450 card but it failed since Lenovo M58P's 240 power supply is too weak power up a 400W video card. Is  ADD2 card solution to get Dual Monitor working in Lenovo M58P (Model 7638)? Where can I find it? price?

 

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Ferruccio Guicciardi

Microsoft BI Operations


 

Thinkcentre/Thinkstation won't support the ATI 5xxx graphics card. 

 

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-68906.html

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Jin Li

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07-09-2010

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Re: Display support: ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2010-07-10, 16:54 PM

Folks,

  Don't forget that when you add the ADD2 card, you DISABLE the DisplayPort connection.  That makes

sense when you really think about it.  The M58P is a great machine for business. (I don't understand the need to put other video/graphics cards in it when it supports two displays natively via VGA analog and

DVI-D/HDMI-HDCP via DisplayPort.)  I purchased a DisplayPort to DVI-D cable from Monoprice (disclaimer: I do NOT work for Monoprice, I am an IBM retiree with no ties to Lenovo) and

my Acer X233H display works just fine with it.  I plan on connecting the Analog VGA port to my

Sony KDL-V32XBR2 television's PC input for 1366x768x60P display work.  The 23-inch Acer runs at the 1920x1080x60P resolution.

   My M58P came with the DisplayPort to DVI-D Dongle which worked OK with a 15-foot DVI-D to HDMI cable, but that cable was just too long to waste on a monitor sitting atop the M58P!   Once we get the

M58P Fan issues resolved (I took delivery 6/18/2010) with an understanding of Intel Quiet System Technology (QST), I'm hoping to get many years of Win/XP Pro enjoyment.

My M58P is a 7483-W59 Type/model.

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09-29-2010

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Re: Display support: ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2010-09-29, 21:17 PM
I know that the PCIe video card disables the onboard VGA, but does it also disable the DisplayPort as well? How about if I put in a PCI video card? Does a PCI card disable the on-board VGA and/or the DisplayPort? If it does not, then I can have a three-monitor support for my M58P. That would be great.
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Re: Display support: ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2010-09-29, 21:18 PM

I saw that the ADD2 card costs the same or more than a DisplayPort-to-DVI external adapter. What is the pro and cons in choosing between these two adapters? I am aware of the internal vs external nature of these adapters already, but what else can there be?

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Re: Display support: ThinkCentre M58p - Dual Monitor support

2010-09-29, 23:38 PM
PCIe video card disables both onboard vga and displayport, since it disables the internal video card.

ADD2 card just gives a native DVI port, which you can achieve with the displayport to dvi converter (which you can get over the net for about 150 to 25 dollars).

If you need 3 LCD support, you would need a usb2dvi converter (which can output in either DVI or VGA through a converter).

P.S. I am not sure how the PCI graphics card interact with the laptop system, since i have never used them before in these systems (i don't have one either).
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Jin Li

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