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How to dual-monitor

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  • Started 6 years ago by GaardCeteru
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GaardCeteru
Posts: 148

So i noticed i have this monitor at home and no one uses it and works real good, and I´ve had the idea of dual-monitoring with it, but I have a few doubs since I´ve never dual-monitored before.

1. Do dual monitor increases Ram/memory resources consumption?
2. Do dual monitor decreases resources consumption?
3. How do i set another monitor for my computer? ( current is a HP 17¨ http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsr.....v_w17e.jpg and I have no specs of the spare one, but it´s a CRT)
4. Do i need to download any software to be able to use two sceens?
5. Is there anything i need to know before running two screens? (like if using it too much might make my pc explode or something? lol)

Thanks beforehand, and I may be asking for setup help later hehe =P

Posted 6 years ago
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JonMCC33
Posts: 266

1. No.
2. No.
3. Both monitors need to be connected and powered on. You'll need a video card that supports dual monitor, there are many these days that have DVI and a VGA connector and those will work. If your current video card doesn't have dual monitor support then you can buy another video card. PCI video cards tend to be more expensive than what they are worth but a PCIe video card can come dirt cheap (as low as $20). I'd pursue a single video card that supports dual monitor though as it will provide the same video quality to both monitors.
4. Just download drivers for the video card. If it supports dual monitor then when you look at your Display Settings you will see the additional monitor. Select it and check "Extend desktop" and it will extend your display to the second monitor. Some various video adapters have different ways going about this but they are all relatively the same.
5. Using dual monitor too much will cause you to die of happiness. I have a 22-inch widescreen LCD at home so it's a plus but at work I run dual 17-inch Dell LCD monitors. I work so much more effectively with dual monitor. It really helps you multitask if that's your thing.

Posted 6 years ago
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haydosrulz
Posts: 34

how do u know if a vid card can dual moniter?

Posted 6 years ago
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The Geek
Posts: 2059

Typically the video card will say that it has dual DVI.

I also completely agree with JonMCC33... I have 3 monitors, and I die of happiness all the time with my setup... here's a pic of the old setup (I've upgraded the monitor in the middle now)

Posted 6 years ago
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JonMCC33
Posts: 266

@haydosrulz
As Geek pointed out, dual DVI video cards support multiple monitor. Also some video cards have a DVI and VGA and they support dual monitor. There are some that have a single DVI that might support it but you'd have to read the specs from the manufacturer. If your video card has a single VGA then it doesn't support dual monitor. That's the easiest way to tell. Another would be just to read up at the manufacturer's website.

Posted 6 years ago
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GaardCeteru
Posts: 148

Thanks for the help =) I've been trying to get a DVI-D=VGA adapter but no luck, =( I want to know if I can connect a DVI-I(male)=VGA(female) adapter on my DVI-D(female) graphic card, would it give me trouble? the little 4 pins seem to be a problem nevertheless if you think it could work im buying the DVI-I=VGA.

Posted 6 years ago
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JonMCC33
Posts: 266

What is your current video card? The DVI port on it should have a DVI connector that takes the DVI with those 4 pins, you can get an adapter that converts to VGA. Here is an example.

Posted 6 years ago
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GaardCeteru
Posts: 148

I have an nVidia GeForce 7100 yet it has a DVI-D dual link(no pins, only the little bar) port, not a DVI-I dual link port (little bar + pins) wich is the only one I found at stores .. much like theese: http://www.cs.unc.edu/Research.....dvicon.gif

As I said I have found adapters but only DVI-I not DVI-D this is why I need to know if it could work.. or else I think I may have to buy a VGA-VGA splitter to connect both my monitors to my PC but they're far more expensive than the DVI-VGA adapters I've found

Posted 6 years ago
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JonMCC33
Posts: 266

A VGA splitter will usually just clone your desktop...not allow you to extend it. I think your only option with that particular GPU is to use a DVI supported monitor.

Posted 6 years ago
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bldonals
Posts: 1

Question for you. I have two monitors, setup to extend to the second. One monitor is of course a laptop monitor, and the 2nd is a 19" monitor. What I want to be able to do is have the laptop for the user to use, but the 2nd monitor setup up and turned lengthwise to allow for complete document viewing.

When I rotate the 2nd screen physically, the viewable is now on it's side. I have tried to go into the nvida software and rotate the screen with software, and that works on the 2nd screen, but then my laptop is now sideways.

What do I need to do to get this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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madmacs
Posts: 1438

Hi bldonals, welcome to HTG. Please start a new topic with your question. Thx, Matt

Posted 5 years ago
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damiththa
Posts: 9

I was wondering, can I use my DVi and HDMi and do a dual monitor set up. If I could that would be great, if i couldn't what would be an alternative?

Posted 5 years ago
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LH
Posts: 20002

damiththa welcome. Please could you post your problem in a New Topic. Thankyou.

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