Monitors - Using and Setting Up
page attempts to answer the questions people usually have about
on earth do I want two monitors for?
who have a lot of applications running find it indispensable to have the
extra desktop real estate. You could have a TV window, stock market
feeds, or real-time news running on the second monitor. You won't
have to disrupt working on whatever document, image or email
you're on to glance at the latest footy scores, share prices or
it's not just for running a secondary program. Some users - like
video editors - spread their work out over both screens giving
them a less cluttered workspace. The amount of time you save in
switching between open applications - and in mouse clicks - can be enormous.
do I need to have to setup dual monitors?
little really. A PC running Windows 98 or above and a dual monitor
video card is all that you need. In some machines you can even use
two separate video cards.
I need to have LCD monitors or CRT monitors?
doesn't matter. You could have two LCDs, two CRTs, or one of each.
video cards support dual monitor displays?
modern cards support dual monitor displays and some of them even
support three or more monitors. Some professional graphics cards
support up to eight monitors.
the second monitor have exactly the same image as the first one?
can set the second monitor to be a "clone" of the first
one, which is useful in some training-type situations where the
student is seeing the same information on her screen as the
teacher is seeing on his. You
could also use it as an "extended desktop" allowing you
to run a different Window/application on the second monitor.
both the monitors need to have the same settings?
you can have different resolutions, colour settings and refresh
rates for each.
with the connectors? Do I need D-Subs, DVI or something else?
card outputs are of two types, the older "D" shaped
analogue output called a D-Sub and the newer, larger digital
output called a DVI. Your card has one or the other or both. CRT
monitors usually support D-Sub only and LCD monitor sometimes
support D-Sub and sometimes DVI. Some LCD monitors come with both
a D-Sub and a DVI cable.
have the right combinations? Not a problem, you can get adapters.
If both your video card outputs are DVI but both your monitors are
D-Sub simply get a couple of DVI to D-sub adapters.
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