Emphasis Servers have shipped as Dell GX240's and Dell GX260's. Please see appropriate explanation below.
Emphasis GX260 servers have an integrated video card. (These servers started shipping 11/02)
2D servers utilize the integrated video card. There is no need for a Y cable or other hardware. Just plug the monitor into the video port on the server.
3D servers add a dual video card for expanded monitor capability. This is achieved by adding a video card that has a DVI port on the back of the server. This goes to a Y cable that breaks out to 2 VGA's or 2 DVI's (both Y's are included with system). The integrated port is disabled when the dual video card is installed. The factory places a cover over the integrated video port in 3D systems.
Empahsis GX240 servers have a choice of two video cards. (These servers shipped 6/02-11/02)
2D servers have a single output video card.
3D servers have a dual video card for expanded monitor capability. This video card that has a DVI port on the back of the server. This goes to a Y cable that breaks out to 2 VGA's or 2 DVI's (both Y's are included with system).
NOTE #1: For both types o servers that aref 3D systems, this does not mean that you must use 2 monitors, just that you can.
NOTE #2: Hardware can be upgraded to expand 2D systems to dual video hardware (then the 3D video rules above apply.)
NOTE #3: Software on a 2D system can be upgraded to 3D functionality. This is a software only upgrade. Unless the video card is upgraded as well, you will still have only access to the one video monitor.
Share the ETC love! Do you think this information would be helpful to a friend? Fill out the form below to send the page to other recipients, or send it to yourself to save for future use.