Was curious about adding a 2nd monitor to my computer. What I'd like to be able to do would say have Word open on one of them and a website on another so I could keep Word up while I copied and pasted, or is it possible to keep a site up on one and go to a link on the other. Can I run 2 video programs-memory shouldn't be a problem as I have plenty. Also would like to move the cursor back and forth between monitors-how does this work? I was told I would need a second video card and also told I might not depending if I connected them parallel or serial. After the hookup I presume it is basically the software that controls everything? If so, does anyone have any recommendations?
First of all YES it can be done. Although I must admit you are the first person I know willing to spen the sort of money required just for cut n past to word from a web page LOL
Most users of this feature are musicians (andmost tend to use MAC, which has been capable of this for years), they use the feature and have the mixers etc on one monitor and the song score or something on the other!!
Although in the last 2 years or so, they have became very popular witht he gaming world, this has driven the prices down. 19" monitors to around £300, 17" to around £170 & 15" to around £80 (you can even buy a reasonable multi-lcd array for under £1000.
I have assumed you are using Windows XP (if not let me know, as its a bit fifferent with the lesser operating systems) and you dont need two of them?? these cards support dual or multiple monitors:
Desktop Computer Display Adapters for Use with the Multiple Monitor Feature
3DFX Voodoo3, Voodoo4, Voodoo5
3DLabs Permedia2, Permedia3
ATI Rage128, Rage128 AIW, Radeon
Matrox Millennium, Millennium II, Mystique, G100, G200, Productiva, G400, G450
Number Nine Imagine 128, Imagine128 v2, Revolution 3D, Revolution 4
Nvidia NV3 (Riva128)
Nvidia NV4, NV5 (TNT, TNT2, TNT2, TNT2 Ultra, TNT2 Vanta, TNT2 M64, Geforce, Geforce3)
Desktop Computer Display Adapters for Use with the Dualview Feature
Matrox G200, G400, G450
Laptop Computer Display Adapters for Use with the Dualview Feature
S3 Savage MX
Trident 3D, Trident XP
In work I use the Matrox G200 (although i just use it for databasing and spreadsheets etc, it is really good for databasing) the product info on it:
The Matrox G200 Multi-Monitor Series continues our long standing tradition of providing the multi-monitor market with the most flexible and highly advanced solutions in the industry. Matrox is the first company to offer a Quad-based PanelLink® digital flat panel output to support these higher quality flat panel monitors. With the TV tuner and video capture options included, the Matrox G200 MMS is the most comprehensive multi-display solution available. Matrox Graphics plans to make this product available until at least mid-2003.
Matrox G200 graphics chip
Single PCI card for Dual or Quad output
Support for Dual or Quad Analog or Digital PanelLink® output
Optional Integrated TV tuner and video capture support
Up to 32 MB of memory
250 MHz RAMDAC for flicker-free displays
Maximum analog resolution per display: 1920x1200
Maximum digital resolution per display: 1280 x 1024
Support for up to 16 monitors (Quad board only)
Several multi-monitor software management features
Customizable unattended install
To set them up? You can use the customised control set-up that comes with the card or just use Windows XP itself (control panel and display)
But give me a minute to wipe the egg off my face, it looks like my video card is already set up to handle multiple displays. I have the "Asylum" NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Ultra [Display adapter].
I reread the paperwork and it is made for this. Now I'm just wondering after I get another monitor if all I have to do is plug it in or reinstall the drivers etc?
the price of monitors is HUGE...you are talking POUNDS (dont have that symbol on keyboard) I assume you are talking UK...
are you talking flat monitors (17inch)because if you are you are being ripped off LOL...$209 here in Aus, but no brand name and from a reputable dealer as well. so???
Well I did it, still trying to get everything right having to play with resolution, size etc. It's pretty cool though being able to have 2 browsers working on screen at once. Going to experiment with some video shortly. You were right, all the set up is done through the XP's display. Everything is pretty automatic.
Yesterday I was using some "clean up" software and I think I screwed up some windows files, to make a long story short I'm going to reinstall Windows (again, I must have a record, still haven't learned I gotta save lol). I'm also going to repartion my hard drives-I have 2 (120 GB each), I have partioned them before, don't know if it makes much of a difference sort of do it just because I can. I was going to partion one into 3 drives of 40 GB's each, one for the Operating system and related software (security programs etc.}, One for Web development related software (really wasting space here-doesn't need nearly that much I think) and the last for audio. I'm keeping the other drives 120 GB's for video. What I'm wondering is would you go differently? maybe more for audio? is there any point to setting space up for another operating system? I don't know anything about them.
There is no need these days to even bother with drive partitioning?? (sp) It was more for when windows could not handle a drive bigger than 80gb!! Although now I think XP can handle single drives of 270gb?? or close to it, so i would ask why bother? I know you think its is better managed? but a folder for web and a folder for audio will work just as well?
But thats just my opinion? LOL
What I have found is this, when you partition say about 40gb for O/S etc that is fine NOW!! I remmber when Windows and office took up 200mb LOL. Now they take up about 4.3gb, will we continue with BLOAT WARE? will and O/S get even bigger? YES, will it get ot 40gb? doubtful, but then four years ago we said it would never reach 1gb??
I actually have 3 copies of Office 2003 that should be shipped to me in the next month or so - actually a gift from Microsoft! (who says Microsoft is not a nice company)
.... Actually they gave a free copy of Office 2003 along with OneNotes 2003 to all the administrators who went to one of their recent seminars... and somehow I ended up with 3 certificates! [Microsoft's goal is for the administrator to take the copy back to work, and hopefully upgrade many computers after seeing the new full version work].... but I also did not mention I worked for a non-profit and we purchase our Full office Pro for about $17.50 each! :-)
I read all I can on computers in the hope that I might learn something :)
In our local paper today this jogged my memory of your query on 2 monitors...now this could be the same info that you already have but here goes :)
Talk about wide screen. US start-up DoubleSight had introduced a specialised monitor fusing two 15inch LCD screens into one 24-inch-wide display.
Compared with two separate monitors, this device takes up less desk space, generates less heat and provides perfectly aligned viewing, though it has an annoying half-inch strip in the middle to cover the two screens share edge.
DoubleSight started selling the monitors on its website (www.doublesight.com) this month. The company is targeting people who already use two monitors - such as accountants who want to view a spreadsheet across two screens or researchers who use one screen to display research and the other to take notes.
"The primary benefit is productivity gain" say DoubleSight chief ec\xecutive Jay Muskovich.
"You dont have to resize the window you're working on"
More people prefers a larger screen on a single monitor instead of using two monitors, according to an IDC survey.
But, while the $US799 (AUS$1135) price for the DoubleSight DS-1500 is less that half the price of large LCD monitors, buying two 15inch displays can cost as little as $US600 (AUS$852)
This is word for word the article and really it means nothing to me, but some of you computer wizzes might get something out of this :)
Thanks Bernice, I had read that article and that's what actually got me thinking about doing it. I really think it's the way to go. I didn't get the monitor in the article but I ended up buying 2 new ones so they would match and am happy with it. My video card has some software for it and I found a site called ultramon that does too but other than that I have found very little else, I think it will become much more popular in the future as it makes things so much easier and it's fun too.
I have a Gigabyte GA-81K1100 motherboard. It has dual channel memory which is working but it should be showing 3 gbs of memory and is only showing 2. (I have 6- 512 DDR's installed)
Here are the instructions that came with the motherboard:
GA-8IK1100 supports Dual Channel Technology. When Dual Channel Technology is activated, the bandwidth of memory bus will be double the original the fastest speed at 6.4GB/S DDR400. GA-8IK1100 includes six DIMM slots, and each Channel has 3 DIMMs as following:
» Channel A: DIMM 1,2, 3
» Channel B : DIMM 4, 5, 6
Below are the explanations:(I only put in what was applicable to my situation)
5. if six DDR memory modules are installed: To activate the Dual Channel Technology and to make the size of each DDR memory module detected, please use six DDR memory modules with identical size and type and insert them into the six DIMMs following the sequence below. DIMM 1: Double or Single Side DIMM 2: Single Side DIMM 3: Single Side DIMM 4: Double or Single Side (if DIMM1 is inserted a double-side module, then DI1MM4 must also be inserted a double-side one.) DIMM 5; Single Side DIMM 6; Single Side
That is what I did and I am sure they are in right, the DIMM number 3 and 6 are the ones that aren't showing.
I’ve looked through the bios and there is nothing there that I can see that might need to be changed.
I'm wondering if the problem could be my CPU as that's the only thing I haven't upgraded (a salesman recommended against it saying it would only improve my performance about 5%) My current processor is a 1.73 gb Pentium 4, could it be that it can’t handle the extra memory?
This is what it Gigabyte says about the CPU: Supports 800MHz FSB Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology-Leveraging the Intel® 875P chipset to support 3GHz+ P4 CPUs on 800MHz FSB, Intel Hyper-Threading Technology and advanced features, the GA-8IK1100 delivers a full-value, highest performance solution for today's most demanding tasks.
If the problem is the CPU, how can I be sure I get the right one? And if it’s not would a new processor be a good idea anyways?
I think David, that that is one of the motherboards that is supported for upto 2gb of RAM? If so then it wont register the rest, although I am not entirely sure. I had a similar problem but was able to download a bios fix, that cracked my motherboard to allow more, but I ended up with more problems, so reverted back :o)
One question? Why on earth do you need or want 3gb of RAM in a home machine? LOL
When I start up my computer after being shut down, all my programs start up just fine. But then I get an Error message saying: Error loading 2ndsrch.dll. I know this has something to do with my direct link library, but what is it? If I click, ok ,on the message, everything runs normal that I have found so far. This is just a nuisance I would like to get rid of. Any ideas? Now do not get too technical as I am not that computer literate.
We are using a router for 4 computers. Saturday my wife couldnt access Internet from her Laptop, but after a while it worked again (from router). Sunday we both were on line at the same time but when i should access Internet on the 3rd computer it didnt work. Yesterday (monday) and today we can only access Internet if we connect direct to the cable modem.
Does anyone have an idea..is the router 'gone" or
could the problem be somewhere else?
Jason, not anymore, saturday i could access through the router but Antje couldnt. She turned off and next time it worked. I suppose the router was going to "die" ..now it doesnt work at all.
I think we had this setup for almost 2 years.
the thing that puzzles me is that if one worked through the router then the others should follow , i had this problem when i first set up my router (due to the mac address) i do loose the connection still sometimes but thats my isp going down , i have to unplug the modem and router for 20 secs then swich them back on this usually kicks it back in