2 Monitor PC Setup - How is it best done nowadays?
One of the IT techies
I've been out the IT game for 5 years but we used to just put another video card in and pair them and plug the two monitors in - one on each card and all worked nicely.
Had to be same video card as far as i remember. It was all corporate Compaq stuff so was likely to be same vid card anyway.
But for home set up two monitors i was wondering
a) if my graphics card is on the montherboards what are the options (work pc i could switch out with home)
b) do i have to use the same second graphics card that is in my pc if there is already one there to get a two monitor set up
c) is there are graphics card (cheap) with two vga outs. This will be for using Sonar (music writing software)
d) Are there an monitors which do the spanning when linked?
Or is there an solution i haven't thought of that you would recommend?
All help suggestions welcomed
Thanks in advance
I use dual screen at work, it really helps me get stuff done.
To answer some of your questions, if your gfx card is on your mobo, its unlikey it will support dual screen.
Also, what interface are you using ?
Does your mobo support agp, pci, pci-e ?
if its agp or pci-e, you can get cards like these:
Which offer 2 outputs (ok, they are DVI, but you can get DVI-VGA adaptors.
Or, if you dont want to spend that sort of money, a secondary gfx card in your machine with the onboard gfx should do the trick.
Spanning is not down to the monitor, but how it is controlled in the OS display settings.
Your best bet it to:
buy one of the cards listed above, buy to monitors, job done.
I run this setup at work on 2 19" TFT's, and my desktop area is 2560x1024.
lol, im pretty sure you have AGP too, that card you linked to is very very old. It only has 32meg of DDR1 ram on board !
when you consider you'll be running 2560x1024, im not sure you'll be able to get a decent refresh/colour depth.
Have a look at these AGP cards :
I know these seem a lot more expensive (stay away from the bottom models on that page, they pinch system ram for themselves), and they are mainly gaming cards, but 256meg of ddr2 ram is going to be much faster than the matrox offering