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eVGA e-GeForce2 MX TwinView Plus Review

By: Jonathan Martini - January 24, 2001

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Desktop Display Manager

To keep track of everything that can be running simultaneously on two monitors, NVIDIA developed the Desktop Display Manager software which is enabled when a system is running in Extended mode.

In the above example, three of my applications are being managed by the Desktop Display Manager . I've configured Internet Explorer to always start on screen number 2 (the 15 monitor) so that it's out of my way when I'm running other applications.

Desktop Display Manager can used in a variety of ways to take advantage of a dual-monitored system. For example, let's say that you're looking for a specific image in your disorganized library of pictures. With Display Manager, the picture viewing application can be set up to to enlarge the image on the right monitor, while the image folder remains open on the left monitor.

Before continuing, let's examine how to locate the Desktop Display Manager. It's a simple process which requires that the NVIDIA QuickTweak program be enabled which is done via the advanced display settings. Once enabled, a right click on the NVIDIA logo in the System Tray and voila!

Through the Global Settings tab, Desktop Display Manager can be configured to be opened by right-clicking on the application that you wish to change the properties of.

As this case shows once again that I've configured IE to open on the second monitor.

This option can be taken much further...


Unreal Tournament

Some games such as ReVolt managed to run quite well in this fashion whereas others, such as UT, were barely capable of producing more than 2 frames per second.

Another neat feat is that a window can be maximized without being carried over to the second display.

The Hot Keys tab of Desktop Display Manager allows you to configure the keys to use when managing windows across multiple monitors. There's even an option to move all the opened windows to another monitor.

The Zoom Tab allows you to configure the key that will toggle the Zoom feature and keys to set the magnification level.

These two pictures were taken about 5 seconds apart. I moved the forum screen (top left) to the second monitor (bottom right) using the Hot Keys, and enlarged the nV News logo as well.

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Last Updated on January 24, 2001

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