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How to make multiple monitor ??

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  1. bleach

    bleach Senior Member

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    hay friend,i know some of you using multiple monitor.
    How to make it?
    what is the requirement?
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  2. Skyjockey

    Skyjockey Newbie

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    I just added PCI video cards and enabled each one. Very easy to do.
     
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    tacopalypse Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    i currently have 2 monitors hooked up to a desktop and 1 monitor hooked up to a laptop, and then i linked the computers together with Synergy to make a nice 4-screen workstation :)
     
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    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    if your using any windows xp, vista, or windows 7 it is just a matter of adding more videocards and plugging in the monitors. There are additional programs you can add to get more features, but you don't really need them.

    Just add the video cards, let plugnplay install them, then just go into display properties to set the screen resolution for each monitor and assign how they are positioned in relation to each other. Once you set it up, you'll be amazed at how easy it is.

    Once you start using them, you'll wonder how you got by for so long without them. It takes productivity to a whole new level.
     
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    FIRST, your power supply has to support it. I installed a 650 Watt. I've installed a vga-dvi-hdmi video card. there are several combinations. HDMI is the best connection.
    I have two 22" HP Brightview monitors. Stunning clarity and you see stuff you can't with other inferior monitors.
     
  6. bleach

    bleach Senior Member

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    for example
    monitor a i open bhw,Does monitor B show bhw too?

    how to make each monitor does different program?
     
  7. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    You can set it up either way. You can make the monitors just clone each other like you said, where monitor A just shows the same as monitor B, But that is really pointless except in cases like using a large screen for a presentation in a classroom or something, while you are working on the smaller monitor.

    The most likely way that you will use it, is to have all the screens be independent, monitor A will not be showing the same as monitor B, you will just extend your desktop across both monitors.

    What it allows you to do is open multiple windows, and rather than keep bringing a window forward from the back when you need to see it, you will just move that window onto a different screen. What it does is give you a lot more desktop real-estate. It's especially great for doing research, and also for things where you want to cut and paste from one window to another.

    It all just works like one giant desktop, your mouse just moves from one screen to the next, and you can even drag and drop windows or icons across the screens. But when you maximise a window, it will just maximize to whichever monitor it is on. Seriously, if the thought has crossed your mind then you should just give it a try. Especially if you have an extra monitor and video card laying around. If you like it, (which you will) then you can go buy a better monitor if you like.

    I'm using a 27" widescreen monitor for my main screen, and then a 19" on the left side and a 20" on the right side. I have my task bar locked onto the bottom of the right screen. I have my desktop shortcuts divided between the screens to organize them a little. The shortcuts I use the most are on the screen I use the least. I do most of my work on the center screen, most of my research on the right screen, and then I use the left screen for things I want open that I don't need to look at as much, but I want them handy.

    Once you set it up it will take you all of about one minute to get the hang of it, and after about 10 minutes you'll be amazed that you were ever able to do anywork without them.

    edit - I even set up a second monitor on my wife's pc. Her main screen is a 19" and I had an old 15" so I set it up to the right of her main screen. She can play her games on the main screen and then if she wants to look at anything online she'll just bring it up on the second monitor without having to stop her game. It wasn't that long ago that she could barely even use a computer, and she has no problems with the two screens at all. XP and up is designed to make it all work seamlessly.

    Also you don't need a fancy stand like in the pic you showed. Just set them up on your desk with their regular stands. If the stands aren't the same heights then just put some books under them to get the screens all adjusted where you want. I like to keep them close together so I don't see space between the screens, I have my side screens slightly angled and the edges go behind the edge of my center screen. It just makes it feel a little more seamless when I'm moving the mouse from screen to screen. After you hook them all up to the pc, you will set up in display properties which screen is the left right and center, just by dragging them around in the setup tab.
     
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  8. Deviance

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    1.) Get a new ATi card
    2.) Get Eyefinity
    3.) ???
    4.) Orgasm for them graphics.
     
  9. bleach

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    may i know ur graphic card??
    Do i need to buy special vga card for this feature?
    thanks for ur answer,sorry i dont have big rep to give you
     
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    Hmmm... I want to connect 2x 25" HDMI monitors to a laptop, how do I figure out if the laptop will be able to support them? Connections is not a problem.. I'm going to use an HDMI to 2x DVI adapter and then 2x DVI to HDMI cords to connect the monitors... but I'm very curious if the laptop will be able to support 2 massive monitors in HD... when I worked at this software development firm the guy beside me had a 2x 24" monitors hooked up to a crappy IBM thinkpad and it worked fine... they weren't hooked up via hdmi/dvi though

    PS - to the OP, most modern video cards support 2x monitors as they have 2x dvi ports and also come with dvi to vga adapters if you need them.
     
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  11. Deviance

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    Post your laptop stats (CPU/GPU being the most important ones) and I'll tell you if it's possible. Although it will almost certainly be possible for just browsing around on the internet you don't want your entire laptop to crash if you simply watch a movie or edit a video right ;)?
     
  12. GreyWolf

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    just about any video card should work, just make sure it fits your system. You don't want to buy an AGP card if you only have available PCI slots for example.

    As g111k says, many video cards now have multiple video ports. Usually you can just add one card that has 2 ports into your system, then those 2 ports + your motherboard vga port can be used to set up a 3 monitor system. If you have a couple open slots and some old single port vga cards, you can go that route too. Like I said it is very easy to do.

    If you're a gamer then you might want to make sure you have a powerful cpu, and get some highend video cards and high resolution monitors. Many newer games will take advantage of multi monitors and let you have your main game view on the main screen, and have control views on the other screens. I'm not a gamer myself, but if you are it will take your game play to a whole nother level. :)
     
  13. bleach

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    iam not gamer friend.
    :)
     
  14. GreyWolf

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    Well like I said, I'm not either. It doesn't matter though, the purpose of multiple monitors is to increase your productivity. If you're not a gamer then you have less to think about on it. That means you can keep the price down for your upgrade.

    Just xp or newer os and some low-end to mid-range vga cards that are compatible with your pc are all that you'll need. oh and the monitors of course :)