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USB VGA External Dual or Multi Monitor Video Adapter - High Resolution

Connect a VGA display for an extended desktop multi-monitor USB solution

Product ID: USB2VGA2

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  • Optimal performance at 1680x1050 and ideal for use with 20" to 22" monitors or smaller
  • Easy installation
  • No power adapter required

The USB2VGA2 USB VGA Adapter turns an available USB 2.0 port into an external video card VGA port - providing high quality dual-display or multi-monitor capability that can be used in a variety of laptop or desktop applications to increase your productivity.

The device also offers the option of running up to five additional displays simultaneously (using five USB2VGA2 Multi Monitor External Video Cards). Each connected adapter can be used to further extend the desktop or mirror the image shown on the existing display - all without having to open the computer case to install an additional video card.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Add a secondary display adapter and extend your desktop display without taking apart your computer to install a new video card
  • Add multiple (up to five) monitors / projectors to your computer setup using one USB2VGA2 device for each additional display
  • View large or multiple spreadsheets across multiple displays
  • A compact, lightweight solution for traveling business associates using laptop PCs enabling connection to a secondary display
  • Connect multiple monitors to a single computer to create engaging multimedia presentations
  • Use the adapter to connect your PC to your television for showing family pictures and movies
  • Increase productivity by running multiple applications on different screens, check your email on one display and work on a document in the other
  • Great for researchers and writers offering the ability to have reference material on one display and a working document copy on the other

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Compact, USB powered adapter provides the easiest way add a secondary or additional display to your PC
  • Completely external device offers a simple upgrade solution saving the cost and hassle of upgrading the internal video card on your system
  • The ability to use multiple adapters (up to five) provides a scalable display configuration for future expansion

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030826594

Compatibility

  • Windows 7 logo
Windows 2000/ XP(32/64bit)/ Vista(32/64bit)/ 7(32/64bit)

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty 2 Years
Connector(s) Connector Type(s) 1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0
1 - VGA (15 pin, High Density D-Sub)
Hardware AV Input USB 2.0
AV Output VGA
USB Pass-Through No
Memory 16MB
Chipset ID SiS - 315
Packaging Information Package Length 15,2 cm [6,0 in]
Package Width 5,8 cm [2,3 in]
Package Height 228 mm [9,0 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 0,3 kg [0,6 lb]
Performance Supported Resolutions Standard(16/32 bit):
1600x1200, 1400x1050, 1280x1024, 1280x960, 1152x864, 1024x768, 800x600

Widescreen(16 bit):
1920x1200, 1920x1080
(16/32 bit): 1680x1050, 1440x900, 1280x800, 1280x768
Physical Characteristics Material Plastic
Cable Length 457,2 mm [18,0 in]
Product Length 11 cm [4,3 in]
Product Width 51 mm [2,0 in]
Product Height 2,4 cm [0,9 in]
Weight of Product 90 g [3,2 oz]
Software OS Compatibility Windows 2000/ XP(32/64bit)/ Vista(32/64bit)/ 7(32/64bit)
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements System Processor: Quad Core 2.4GHz (i5 recommended)
System Memory: 4GB
Note This USB video adapter uses an SiS family chipset. If you’re connecting this device to a computer along with additional USB video adapters or docking stations, avoid using devices with different family chipsets, such as DisplayLink®, Trigger or Fresco Logic®
Connect a maximum of five USB video adapters on a single computer. Support for multiple adapters will vary depending upon your system resources
This USB video adapter is not intended for graphical intensive applications, such as gaming
What's in the Box Included in Package 1 - USB to VGA Adapter
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a USB video adapter, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Video cables

  • Video source

  • Video destination

  • USB video adapter

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the video cables, video source, video destination, and USB video adapter in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different video cable, video source, video destination, and USB video adapter in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the video cables, video source, video destination, and USB video adapter, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Check Device Manager under Display adapters, Universal Serial Bus controllers, or USB Display adapters. To do this, press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager.

  • If you do not see the USB video adapter in Device Manager, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/support/faqs/technical-support?topic=expansion-cards#usb-cannot-detect-windows.

  • If the device is listed with an error, reinstall the drivers following the instructions on the website.

  • Check to see if your video card drivers are current. You can check what video card you have in Device Manager under Display adapters. It is recommended that you go directly to the video card manufacturer's website to check for the latest drivers.

  • Check to see if the monitor is being detected by Windows.

To check to see if Windows is detecting the monitor using a computer that is running a version of Windows XP, do the following:

  • Right-click on the desktop and click Properties.
  • Click the Settings tab.
  • If you see Drag the monitor icons to match the physical arrangement of your monitors, it means that Windows is detecting more than a single monitor. You can click the drop-down menu under Display to see which monitors are detected. This option is not available if Windows only detects a single monitor.

To check to see if Windows is detecting the monitor using a computer that is running a version of Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, do the following:

  • Right-click on the desktop and click Screen Resolution.
  • You can click the drop-down menu under Display to see which monitors are detected.

If hardware acceleration is enabled on any of your software applications, it can result in poor resource management and limit the performance of your video device. If you experience this problem, you should disable hardware acceleration in the program(s) that were impacted. 

To disable hardware acceleration in common applications and operating systems, complete one of the following series of steps, depending on what software application(s) or operating system that you are running.

Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge:

 

  1. Click the Options icon (it has three dots on it).
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click System.
  4. Uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available.

Internet Explorer 9 and later

Note: Earlier versions of Internet Explorer do not use hardware acceleration.

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open Control Panel.
  3. Click Network and Internet.
  4. Click Internet Options.
  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Browse to the Accelerated graphics screen.
  7. Select the Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering check box.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Restart your computer.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Press the Alt key.
  3. Click Tools and Options.
  4. Click the Advanced icon.
  5. Click the General tab.
  6. Under Browsing, clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Restart your web browser.

Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Click the Options icon (it has three horizontal lines on it).
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Show advanced settings.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and clear the Use hardware acceleration when available check box.
  6. Restart your web browser.

Microsoft Office 2013 / 2010

  1. Open any program in Microsoft Office (for example, Microsoft Word).
  2. Click the File tab.
  3. In the menu on the left side of the screen, click Options.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Under Display, select the Disable hardware graphics acceleration check box.
  6. Close and restart all of the Microsoft Office programs that you had open.

Windows 10 / 8

  1. Press the Windows key +X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a high-contrast theme.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Personalization.
  4. Select a non-Aero theme. Ideally, you should select a basic and high-contrast theme.

Windows XP

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. Open the Control Panel.
  3. Select Display.
  4. Click the Settings tab.
  5. Click Advanced.
  6. Click the Troubleshooting tab.
  7. Move the Hardware Acceleration slider to None.
  8. Restart your computer.

When you use remote desktop software to access a computer with a USB video adapter, keep the following things in mind:

  • Not all remote desktop software supports multiple monitors.
  • Not all remote desktop software supports monitors that use USB video adapters.
  • If the primary monitor is a monitor that uses a USB video adapter, you might run into problems.  If you do, try to continue to log in as the display might come back once you log in.

Touchscreen Monitors

A mixture of touchscreen and non-touchscreen displays can cause a conflict with your internal video card. Because of this limitation, touchscreen functions may be disabled when the USB Video Adapter is connected, or the USB Video Adapter may not work at all. Contact the manufacturer of your system to confirm whether your specific model can support a secondary display or not.

All-in-One Computers

Many all-in-one computer systems limit the number of possible monitors to one. This is a limitation in how all-in-one computers are typically manufactured, so adding an external display may not be possible regardless of which USB video adapter is used. Contact the manufacturer of your system to confirm whether your specific model can support a secondary display or not.

While the purpose of our USB Video Adapters are to add an additional video output to your laptop or desktop computer, these adapters still require some resources from your internal video card. On a small number of video cards, adding a USB Video Adapter can exceed the limit of available resources, causing one of the connected displays to turn off.

As a possible workaround for this issue, we recommend using a more powerful USB Video Adapter that has a higher amount of integrated RAM, such as our USB32VGAPRO (512MB), USB32DVIPRO (512MB), or USB32HDDVII (1GB).

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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