I have an older Acer Swift3 with an i-3 7100U that has an Intel HD620 integrated graphics card. According to information online, it should support two external monitors.
However, upon adding an HDMI splitter, the laptop does not detect my external screens. My laptop has only one HDMI exit and in theory, it should be possible to add two external screens by having a splitter (I have attached an image of the said splitter for illustration).
Would it maybe be possible to add the screen via USB-C port, alternatively?
The laptop has:
1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C port
2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A port
I have noticed similar threads on this platform, however, each case is individual, and therefore I have made a new thread. Lastly, the information on internet regarding the diversity of USB ports is just mind-boggling.
Thank you in advance!
No, no, no! Using a HDMI splitter DOES NOT result in two independent displays. System will still see only one of these monitors and both will receive the exact same image. The HDMI protocol simply does not support two (or more) monitors sharing (multiplexing) the HDMI stream. You can connect one monitor via your HDMI connector and that is it (well, unless you actually want them to show the same image).
I am having a lot of problems finding details regarding your laptop model. As far as the Acer site goes, this version never existed (typical). From what information I could find elsewhere, there are only two possibilities for connecting a second external monitor:
Hope this helps,
Yea, I saw a similar spec summary. The problem is that it does not say, one way or the other, whether DisplayPort Alt. Mode is supported. I am guessing not, since they usually will proudly mention this capability if it is supported.
So, you want to look at using a USB 3.x port (either USB-A or USB-C) to support a second external monitor. I gave an example for the expensive 4K monitor; let's look at the lesser options:
Hope this helps,