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Old 05-29-2007, 06:15 PM #1
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End of many dual monitor threads

How to set up your computer for dual monitor usage.
1.make sure your graphics card supports dual monitors, if not buy one that does
2.buy or use your current monitors that match your graphics card inputs, if they do not match, buy an adapter that will convert dvi to vga, vise-versa
3.attach both monitors to your graphics card outputs, and restart your computer.
4.Your computer will recognize the two monitors and you will need to set up which monitor is on what side by right clicking, going to “display” and set it up.
5.Have fun.



Questions about dual monitors -
post here questions/answers and i will post them on the thread

Q- Can i set up two CRT type monitors, or one CRT type and one LCD type monitor?

A- Yes, as long as your graphics card supports the plugs on the monitors


Q- Does my graphics card support dual monitors?

A- If your card has two or more outputs it most likely does


Q- how would the two ports on the graphics card be considered outputs?.. wouldnt input make just as much sense? how do you know the diff between an input and output?.. they both plug into something[/b]

A-both of the plugs on the graphics card output the image to the monitor, thus they are outputs, the plugs the the monitor receive the image, thus they are inputs.




Benefits of dual monitors
video editing- you can use one screen for dragging and dropping the media, and the other for your video editing program
research and papers- one screen can have the source (aka “lion facts page”) and one monitor can have your word program
other uses- have 2 open windows at once, like media (videos or music player) on one, and a word processing program on the other, so you don't have to use tab to play/pause/rewind media files.


Pics of some dual monitor setups









pm me or post pics in thread and i will update the thread with pictures

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Old 05-29-2007, 06:24 PM #2
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Thank you lol
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Old 05-29-2007, 06:36 PM #3
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I need a Viewsonic VX2025WM

Someone find me one for no mo than $150 LOL
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Old 05-29-2007, 06:37 PM #4
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Good thread.. If only I could afford two monitors.. BTW I saw a mistake..
Look where it says "Does my graphics card support dual monitors?".. It says two inputs instead of outputs..
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:21 PM #5
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Good thread.. If only I could afford two monitors.. BTW I saw a mistake..
Look where it says "Does my graphics card support dual monitors?".. It says two inputs instead of outputs..
oops, fixing
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:30 PM #7
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tears come to my eyes when i see these end of threads. because it means less junk on these forums. thumbs up to you for this.
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:30 PM #8
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its good to have this to end the threads. pics may be nice to show how its benificial.
in the how to its a good overview. some people may not know vga to dvi, where/how to get these kinds of video cards, and besides the hardware, the setup can be temperamental and gets confusing to many. you can maybe assume some knowledge from the user because they are trying to set up dual monitors, but u never know. but this is a good place for everyone to post questions about them, make sure thats stated in your post so threads will be lessened.
i will put up some pics, and some info for ya in a bit
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:30 PM #9
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^ yeah..



and a question... how would the two ports on teh graphics card be considered outputs?.. wouldnt input make just as much sense? how do you know the diff between an input and output?.. they both plug into something
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:33 PM #10
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tears come to my eyes when i see these end of threads. because it means less junk on these forums. thumbs up to you for this.
you like more junk then?
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Old 05-29-2007, 07:46 PM #11
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^ yeah..



and a question... how would the two ports on teh graphics card be considered outputs?.. wouldnt input make just as much sense? how do you know the diff between an input and output?.. they both plug into something
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Old 05-29-2007, 08:20 PM #13
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My friend has an S9250 256Mb PCI card with 1 DVI and 1 TV-Out. Can he get an adapter to make the TV out a DVI out? He wants to run dual-screen on that card.
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Does this cause quite a bit more work for the gpu? For example, if I was playing a game on one and had firefox open on the other, would there be a noticeable degrade in performance?
Wait can you even do that? Play a fullscreen game on one monitor and switch to the other screen mid-game without minimizing?
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Does this cause quite a bit more work for the gpu? For example, if I was playing a game on one and had firefox open on the other, would there be a noticeable degrade in performance?
Wait can you even do that? Play a fullscreen game on one monitor and switch to the other screen mid-game without minimizing?
No...it should be like running an extended desktop. You can only be doing one thing at once. That means your GPU is only processing one thing at once. There should be too much of a degrade in performance (if any).
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No...it should be like running an extended desktop. You can only be doing one thing at once. That means your GPU is only processing one thing at once. There should NOT be too much of a degrade in performance (if any).
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No...it should be like running an extended desktop. You can only be doing one thing at once. That means your GPU is only processing one thing at once.
I'm sorry, that's kinda passing through my eyes and straight out my ears. Can you rephrase that/ explain extended desktop?
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Old 05-29-2007, 09:03 PM #18
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so when you have one monitor you have desktop space. When a "dual" monitor is hooked up, that space is spanned across the second monitor. it is extended across the second monitor. so its "one desktop" on two monitors
in itself windows limits capabilities of dual monitors. there is lots of software now that gives you more options, to do things like have a start bar on both monitors, mirror your primary desktop or extend it etc.
brings me to a point. mr jon: some of this software is very helpful, maybe put it in ur post (im ediitng in the links rigth now)
Some of these have trials, some free, some cost $, so however you choose to acquire it is up to you
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Old 05-31-2007, 05:38 PM #19
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Old 05-31-2007, 06:56 PM #20
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I am going do a wiring job for someone I know... running 3 wires in their home and they said they would buy me two 20.1" viewsonic lcd

Here I come dual, baby!
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The 2025's are not manufactured anymore. They were replaced by the 2035's.

If you're going for 20.1", find an S-IPS Dell 2007WFP, a NEC 20WGMX2, or a Samsung 206BW. The first two are the best and the third is easy and cheap.
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