Hardware Requirements for Multiple-Display Support in Windows XP

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This article describes the hardware requirements for multiple-display support in Windows XP.

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All of the video adapters that are used in a computer that has multiple-display support must be Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) or Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) devices that use the multiple-display-enabled video adapter drivers that are included with Windows XP. Industry Standard Architecture (ISA) and Extended Industry Standard Architecture (EISA) video adapters are not supported.

The video adapters that are installed on your computer do not have to be identical. Each video adapter and monitor combination is separately enumerated by Windows; you can configure each combination to use different screen resolutions and color depths. For example, you can set the primary adapter to 1024 X 768 pixels and 16 million colors and the secondary adapter to 800 X 600 pixels and 32,000 colors.

For additional information about how to enable multiple-display support, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
307873 HOW TO: Configure and Use Multiple Monitors in Windows XP

Video Adapter Chip Sets Supported in Windows XP

You can use any combination of the PCI or AGP-based video adapters that are listed in this section with multiple monitors. Only video adapters that are based on the chip sets that are listed in this section work as primary and secondary video adapters.

The following drivers are supported by Microsoft and are included on the Windows XP CD-ROM:
Company Name                 Device Name
 
3DFx                         Voodoo3 2000 AGP
3DFx                         Voodoo3 2000
3DFx                         Voodoo3 3000 AGP
3DFx                         Voodoo3 3000 
3DFx                         Voodoo3 3500 TV 
3DFx                         Voodoo4 4500 AGP 
3DFx                         Voodoo4 4500      
3DFx                         Voodoo5 5500 AGP              
3DFx                         Voodoo5 5500 
3DLabs Inc.                  3DLabs Permedia2 Compatible Graphics Adapter 
3DLabs Inc.                  3DLabs Permedia2 Compatible Graphics Adapter
3DLabs Inc                   3DLabs Oxygen VX1 AGP 
3DLabs Inc.                  3DLabs Oxygen VX1 PCI
3DLabs Inc.                  3DLabs Oxygen VX1 1600SW
3DLabs Inc.                  3DLabs Permedia3 Create!
Accel Graphics               Accel Graphics AccelStar II AGP
Accel Graphics               Accel Graphics AccelStar II 
Appian Graphics              Jeronimo Pro
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RADEON DDR
ATI Technologies, Inc        RADEON SDR 
ATI Technologies, Inc.       All-in-Wonder Radeon AGP
ATI Technologies, Inc.       All-in-Wonder Radeon SDR AGP 
ATI Technologies, Inc.       All-in-Wonder Radeon PCI
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RADEON VE 
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RADEON M6
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 AIW AGP
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 AIW PCI
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 GL AGP
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 GL PCI 
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 VR AGP
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 VR PCI
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 4X AGP
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 4X PCI
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 PRO PCI
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 PRO AGP 2X
ATI Technologies, Inc.       RAGE 128 PRO AGP 4X
Creative Labs, Inc.          Graphics Blaster Extreme
Creative Labs, Inc.          Graphics Blaster Extreme
Diamond Multimedia           Fire GL1000 Pro AGP
Diamond Multimedia           Fire GL1000 Pro 
Digital                      Comet
Elsa                         GLoria Synergy AGP
Elsa                         WINNER 2000/Office AGP 
Elsa                         GLoria Synergy 
Elsa                         WINNER 2000/Office 
Leadtek                      Winfast 3D L2300 AGP
Leadtek                      Winfast 3D L2300
Matrox                       Millennium G200 SD PCI 
Matrox                       Marvel G200 PCI
Matrox                       MGA-G200 AGP
Matrox                       Mystique G200 AGP
Matrox                       Millennium G200 AGP
Matrox                       Marvel G200 AGP
Matrox                       Mystique G200 VIDEO AGP
Matrox                       Millennium G200 SG AGP
Matrox                       Millennium G200 SG LE AGP
Matrox                       Mystique G200 SD AGP
Matrox                       Millennium G200 SD AGP
Matrox                       Millennium G250 AGP
Matrox                       Millennium G250 LE AGP
Matrox                       G400 AGP
Matrox                       Marvel G400 AGP
Matrox                       Millennium G400 DualHead Max
Matrox                       Millennium G400 DualHead
Matrox                       Millennium G450 DualHead
Matrox                       Millennium G450 DualHead LE
Matrox                       Millennium G450 DualHead PCI
NVidia                       Riva TNT
NVidia                       Riva TNT2
NVidia                       Vanta
NVidia                       Riva TNT2 Ultra
NVidia                       Aladin TNT2
NVidia                       Riva TNT2 Model 64
NVidia                       GeForce 256
NVidia                       GeForce DDR
NVidia                       Quadro 
NVidia                       GeForce2 GTS
NVidia                       GeForce2 Pro
NVidia                       GeForce2 Ultra
NVidia                       Quadro2 Pro
NVidia                       GeForce2 MX
NVidia                       GeForce2 Go
NVidia                       Quadro2 MXR
NVidia                       Geforce3
					

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Article ID: 296538 - Last Review: January 27, 2006 - Revision: 1.3
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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