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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kobaj, 29 Jul 2004.

  1. kobaj

    kobaj Banned

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    Ok I have searched everywhere. I cant find out how to do the double screen thing with one computer can enyone help. Thanks
     
  2. Foster

    Foster What's a Dremel?

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    What video card or cards are you using?
     
  3. Superlunchbox

    Superlunchbox What's a Dremel?

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    You need to post more information on what exactly your trying to do. Like the following:

    A.) What vidoe card are you using/going to be using.

    B.) Do you want software, or are you using bundled software that came with the card.

    C.) What monitors are you using/going to be using.

    When you post vaguely like that, it's harder to answer your question, and takes a lot more replies from the posters, which in turn makes you wait longer.

    Reply, and I will try to help you out.
     
  4. kobaj

    kobaj Banned

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    foster: currently none im tring to get a comp and just saw two screens on one computer


    slb: 1dont know
    2 yes,no
    3 crt 17 inch
     
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  5. Foster

    Foster What's a Dremel?

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    Ok, I'd recommend you get a video card that supports multi-displays over the two cards route, just a simpler solution. If your interested in games I'd recommend an NVIDIA card, but if not Matrox makes some very good dual view cards. Software wise you'll not really need anything other than OS support and the supplied drivers but there are other packages that give a few more options. Lastly you'll need a couple monitors. If you go the LCD route be aware that most of the video cards out there only have one DVI connector available so you'll have to have one analog display.
     
  6. Superlunchbox

    Superlunchbox What's a Dremel?

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    If your using a 17 inch CRT, then you could get another crt, or an LCD, as most cards these days have one VGA, and one DVI, and usually come with a converter to make the DVI to VGA, so that you can run 2 CRTs.

    Almost all newer cards support Dual Display. The problem with it that I've found, is finding software that will allow you to tell which monitor to display what. I don't believe Nvidia, or ATI has gotten it right yet.

    I wanted dual display to have one monitor playing a game, like a First person shooter, and one for IM programs, or E-mail/Internet, but couldn't find a program to do that for me.
     
  7. Austin

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    ;) ATI have been doing dual display longer than nVidia, Matrox have been doing it longer than both. AFAIK the only sure way to run 3 monitors is via Matrox, the over-priced, under-performing Parhelia. This is all running the monitors from a single gfx card which is ideal and likely to give fewer headaches. You can run dual or I think triple display by using 1 AGP card and 1 PCI gfx card, but there can be driver complications.

    :wallbash: So if you plan to use a single card with 2 monitors you need to bear in mind almost all come with 1xCRT and 1xDVI (TFT). A convertor is often included to make the DVI become a CRT, they are cheap to buy if one isn't bundled. However there are 2 types of DVI port, DVI-D which is digital only and can't be converted and DVI-I which carries both the digital signal (for DVI screens) and an analogue signal (for CRT convertors). To further complicate things just because a card has 2 connection ports (ie 1xDVI & 1xCRT) doesn't mean it has Dual RAMDACs which is needed to drive 2 monitors independently.

    :D All is not lost though, since Rad9200 and GF4 days any card which has both CRT and DVI should be certain to have both DVI-I and Dual RAMDACs so will be perfectly fine for dual display. For 2xCRT you either have a very limited choice in cards or can use a DVI-to-CRT convertor which is often included. For 3 screens you'll either need a specialised card (like Matrox Parhelia) or to add a PCI gfx card in with a dual display capable AGP gfx card (or vice versa). For great multi-monitor sw, THIS is meant to be great. HTH!
     
  8. Superlunchbox

    Superlunchbox What's a Dremel?

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    Nice program there. I still don't think they support shelling out of a game to a second monitor, I asked the forum admin though, so we'll wait for a reply.
     
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    0013 What's a Dremel?

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    i can't imagine that being usefull, every time you make a agressive mouse movement to the right(2nd display) you end up clicking your IM buddies instead of the evil opponents
     
  10. kobaj

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    I'm getting a mobo with onboard video so all I have to do is get an agp card plug it into the mobo. Just plug the moniters in get the drivers loaded and I have two moniters right.



    p.s. I went to the thrift store today (half off day) and I found a 20 inch moniter that works for $2.50.:D
     
  11. cpu121

    cpu121 What's a Dremel?

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    MS Windows and nVidia( I presume ATi does as well? :confused: ) have apps that allow you to adjust the settings for dual monitors, but I really you take a look at ultramon, which makes it incredibly easy to set up and control two or more monitors.
     
  12. Austin

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    :wallbash: All remotely modern onboard video cards will use AGP and you can't have 2 active AGP cards. When you plug an AGP card in you'll almost certainly find the onboard gfx are disabled (as AGP control is passed over to the AGP card). You'd get better luck with a PCI gfx card coupled with your onboard but even that might not work. With dual display capable cards being so incredibly cheap it makes sense to get one, eg Rad9000-9200 (inc SE) or GF4MX, so long as they have CRT+DVI (ideally with a convertor) they should be sure of true dual display (ie dual RAMDACs and DVI-I).
     
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    Ok so I should just get a duel moniter gfx card, get the driver working,youse my two moniters with it and thats all right.
     
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    Fronzel What's a Dremel?

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    XP will support up to 10 monitors either on seperate cards or on specialized cards.
     
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    ;) Maybe you missed it. ALMOST all cards with two monitor outputs use DVI+CRT, if you're looking for CRT+CRT (or DVI+DVI) the choice is very limited. Your link doesn't work BTW.
     
  17. kobaj

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    oh well that explains it but i have found a good card but it doesnt come with the dye to vga adapter can enyone give me a good one

    p.s. this is my onehundredth post :clap:
     
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    dye to vga needed can eny one give me a link to a good one
     
  19. Austin

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    thanks ill post some pics once i get my two screens up
     

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