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    Hooking 2 Monitors to 1 Computer?
    Is it possible to hook up two monitors to one computer?

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    Many designers have that setup
    Takes 2 video cards, I think

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    First, the video adapter in your computer must have two monitor outputs [or two video cards as mentioned above] or you may be able to use your motherboard integrated video and add a video card. Many video cards have both a DV output and a standard VGA output. That's how my monitors are connected.



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    if you don't have a second output you can always buy a USB converter... thats how I have my 3rd monitor running...
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    My main laptop is using 3 monitors. One hooked up to the DVI output on the docking station and the other 2 are run off of external USB video cards (Sewell). I used to run 2 monitors off a Matrox DualHead2Go which worked good too.
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    Most computer places also sell a "Y video splitter" cable. I have a lot of them in use in my office and they work great. You plug one end into the computer, and the other two connect to the monitor video cables. If you are using windows, right click on the desktop and bring up the properties box, go to settings, and mark the check box that says 'extend my desktop to this monitor' (or something very similar). I believe the cable runs about $20ish, so its a lot cheaper than buying a new video card.

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    Word of Warning. It's Addictive. ;-)
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    Once you have two, you will soon want FOUR! Then it gets fun
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    "Word of Warning. It's Addictive. ;-)"
    But sooooo productive. I'ts so hard for me to use my laptop anymore...seems like I'm working with this one teeny-tiny screen.....
    And how do you keep your poker game up while you work with just one screen?
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    some Video cards have to points for monitors too, but once you start with 2 you can't go back you just get too used to the amount of windows you can look at all at once
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    How about the mouse? Can I use one mouse to control 2+ monitors?

    Still a little confused...since all the monitors are using one brain, say you open a website, will the same website open up on all the other monitors?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeann
    Is it possible to hook up two monitors to one computer?
    It's so easy a cave woman can do it and there is no going back. You will be hooked.


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    How about the mouse? Can I use one mouse to control 2+ monitors?
    Yes

    Still a little confused...since all the monitors are using one brain, say you open a website, will the same website open up on all the other monitors?
    Where your browser is located it opens. You can grab a program and slide it across to the other monitor. Copy/paste between two open programs on seperate monitors is nice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpaw
    Where your browser is located it opens. You can grab a program and slide it across to the other monitor. Copy/paste between two open programs on seperate monitors is nice.
    Interesting, very interesting. I'm gonna try it someday. Sounds like fun

    Will multiple monitors slow down the computer tho?

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    It doesn't really effect the speed except you will probably find you end up with more windows open which can a little
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    Quote Originally Posted by mayfly
    How about the mouse? Can I use one mouse to control 2+ monitors?

    Still a little confused...since all the monitors are using one brain, say you open a website, will the same website open up on all the other monitors?
    Essentially the way it works is that your desktop is extended across the two (or more) monitors. Two same size monitors will make your desktop twice as wide (same height just twice as wide). You could open a window and drag it's right border to make it span all the way across both monitors. When you move your mouse pointer off the right side of the lefthand monitor, it seamlessly crosses to the left side of the righthand monitor.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomers
    Essentially the way it works is that your desktop is extended across the two (or more) monitors. Two same size monitors will make your desktop twice as wide (same height just twice as wide). You could open a window and drag it's right border to make it span all the way across both monitors. When you move your mouse pointer off the right side of the lefthand monitor, it seamlessly crosses to the left side of the righthand monitor.
    Ah, that make a lot sense. Thanks.

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    Not sure about the rest of folks here, but anymore when I have a question about practically anything one of the first places I look is Utube.
    If you do a "dual monitor" search there you will find tons of info.
    I just find video answers my questions better anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baygrafix
    Not sure about the rest of folks here, but anymore when I have a question about practically anything one of the first places I look is Utube.
    If you do a "dual monitor" search there you will find tons of info.
    I just find video answers my questions better anymore.
    What a testament to the direction that Internet search may take (obsoleting Google in it's present form?).

    OT; Sorry, this is another subject...



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    I'm ready to get hooked I bought a super wide monitor but I still want more more more.. I think the two monitors will do the trick! hmmm.. or three..
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeann
    I'm ready to get hooked I bought a super wide monitor but I still want more more more.. I think the two monitors will do the trick! hmmm.. or three..
    What you need is a 22" - 24" in the center and 2 19"s on the ends!!! It's a beautiful thing!!!
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    Okay..well..somebody needs to invent a chair with an extension shelf and it can hold my keyboard and mouse..then I'll just have a long semi-curved desk, filled with monitors and I can just roll back and forth until somebody finds me and puts me away.
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    why not go the full hog on it and paint your office walls white and have 4 HD projectors one for each wall, it would be like you’re sitting in your desk top
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    Don't know how much they go for, but Alienware just made a huge curved monitor they showed off at CES, you could get a few of those and be surrounded by goodness.

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