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Dual monitor setup (help)

Discussion in 'Technology' started by neontrail, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    neontrail

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    I would like to set my wifey up with a dual monitor setup (for work)

    I have NO IDEA where to begin....

    PLease advise
     
  2. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM
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    DDD

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    You need to buy a video card with outputs for at least 2 monitors.
     
  3. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    You need to first have a video card that supports dual monitors. Look at the back to see, you will either see 2 vga(Blue), dvi(White), and newer ones HDMI.

    Next is to connect 2 monitors, then configure the operating system to mirror or extend your desktop.
     
  4. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:19 AM
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    This ^^^

    (currently viewing this from 2 monitors at work)
     
  5. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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    x3 viewing from dual monitors at home
     
  6. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    ^^^^^^^ PICS? ?? ?? ??!?!?!
     
  7. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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    I don't know if the Nvidia cards are any better but I had a few issues with the ATI card I have when I updated to Win7. I had to wait until an updated driver and config software came out but my card is a couple of years old.
     
  8. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:37 AM
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    just 1 additional thing .. your video card may not always 2 of the same output .. it may have 1 DVI and 1 VGA .. this will work as well.
     
  9. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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    thats what i have is a vga and dvi
     
  10. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:42 AM
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    i have 1 blue and 1 white....
     
  11. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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    Does she have a laptop or a desktop?

    Docking station?

    Most laptops already have another monitor connection. If so, simply connect another monitor.

    Then it's a matter of expanding your desktop to the other monitor, also simple.

    Assuming it's a Windows PC/Laptop, you simply right click on the desktop (after connecting monitor).
    Go to Settings tab.
    Windows should have detected the other monitor, once powered on. You then select click the box (2) for the new monitor, then check the box for: "Extend my windows desktop onto this monitor"

    You can then drag #2 monitor to the right or left of #1 monitor, this determines which way your mouse moves off the screen to get to #2 monitor.
     
  12. Dec 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM
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    Here's a shot of mine. I have a dvi and vga on my laptop's dock. Basically you need 2 of the ones I listed and compatible monitors

    2011-12-27 14.46.11.jpg
     
  13. Dec 27, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    Truth. Currently viewing with 3 monitors at work.
     
  14. Dec 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    Two monitors is sweet. When I am away from my office i miss it.

    You can probably try by attaching the extra monitor to see if it works.
    Then work your budget and parts needed to give multi view
     
  15. Dec 27, 2011 at 12:14 PM
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    great info!!! ^^^^ thank you
     
  17. Dec 27, 2011 at 12:39 PM
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    Orrrr, do what I could no longer avoid....get a Mac.

    Better still, get a 27" iMac and you won't need two monitors!

    I've been working in I.T. since 1984 and I have to say, reluctantly, this is THE sweetest computer I have ever owned or worked with.

    EVERYTHING, is contained in the monitor, DVD, HD, CPU and it's maybe 1.5" thick.

    Ooops sorry, verging on thread-jacking here.

    :D
     
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    LOL, I see you're busy at work too!
     
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