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Godspell
11-07-04, 11:51 PM
Im thinking about getting a new monitor for Chirstmas and was wondering if i could have dual monitors with my geforce 6800gt and how hard would it be to set up? Also, the main reason im getting a new monitor is that my current one will not go up past 1280x1024 and i want to go up to at least 1600x1200.

Saibot
11-08-04, 01:34 AM
I use dual monitors with my GT all the time, it's very easy to set up and you can have different backgrounds and resolutions on them if you want. I could never go back to just one monitor - I'm spoiled now.

superklye
11-08-04, 01:59 AM
Dual Monitors is teh awesome. It's the greatest thing in the world...I can't live without it anymore. I want to go three monitors, but I'll need a PCI video card for that, and a third monitor...plus some more desk space.

But seriously, once you go dual, you'll never go back.

Godspell
11-08-04, 03:10 AM
Im gunna have to build an extesion onto my desk to fit both. Can you recomend some good monitors in the 20-21 inch range with high resolution and refresh rates?

superklye
11-08-04, 09:46 AM
I can't, no, as I just have a crappy 17" and an even crappier 15". :(

six_storm
11-08-04, 10:28 AM
I'm debating whether I should get a new (another) monitor or some other stuff (memory and SATA HDD). I've had 2 monitors hooked up at one time and it's pretty crazy with the stuff you can do with them. superklye, can you post a pic of your dual screens please? anyone else please post pics, much appreciated.

superklye
11-08-04, 12:12 PM
I'm debating whether I should get a new (another) monitor or some other stuff (memory and SATA HDD). I've had 2 monitors hooked up at one time and it's pretty crazy with the stuff you can do with them. superklye, can you post a pic of your dual screens please? anyone else please post pics, much appreciated.
Yeah, I'll post a shot later tonight after I'm done with classes and work and can get ahold of my roommate's camera.

Gator
11-08-04, 04:31 PM
Dual monitors rocks! And you were wise to go with an Nvidia card, because the nView features are just awesome for us dual monitor users. And yes it's very easy to use. To resolve the desk space issue though, I went with dual LCD's instead of CRT's. But it was surprisingly cheap because I bought them refurbished from http://www.nm-select.com which sells direct from NEC. It's a great site, amazing prices, and quality customer service. Check them out.

Anyway as requested here is my setup:

http://www.nvnews.net/vbulletin/attachment.php?attachmentid=8584&stc=1

Saibot
11-08-04, 09:08 PM
Best I could do with my mediocre camera.

http://img130.exs.cx/img130/9811/dual_monitor.jpg

Fatman
11-08-04, 09:31 PM
http://mysite.verizon.net/madlad/pics/IMG_0247.jpg

Godspell
11-09-04, 03:19 AM
So you can have different resolutions on both?

superklye
11-09-04, 03:25 AM
Crap...I totally forgot to post. I will tomorrow, promise!

Gator
11-09-04, 09:01 AM
So you can have different resolutions on both?

Yes, the Nvidia drivers will let you do that.

mollyhorses
11-09-04, 09:12 AM
How about triple monitors:

http://members.sparedollar.com/SierraProductsOnline/Lain-Li-001.jpg

Fatman
11-09-04, 10:04 AM
Yes, the Nvidia drivers will let you do that, but I don't think it's recommended. I think you can get some display glitches when it has to compensate for 2 different resolutions at once.

Who said it's not recommended? Works fine.

ricercar
11-12-04, 02:43 AM
How about four displays on one computer?
http://gadzikowski.com/images/nv30/4-display-tam.jpg

That's a 20th Anniversarty Mac with a 800 600 built-in display, driving three 1024 768 Apple LCDs.

Eventually I put my four 1024 768 LCDs on my Shuttle SFF driven by a FX 5800U AGP and a FX 5200 PCI.
#1 for email, telnet & surfing.
#2 for the documentation I'm writing in FrameMaker
#3 for source research documents from developers
#4 for running the software product I'm documenting
However, when I'm not actively working on technical docs, I tend to get lost on more than two screens.

To answer the original post, since GeForce4 days, it's become frickkin easy to set up multiple displays using nView for NVIDIA hardware on Windows XP. Connect the displays, boot, configure a control panel.

Linux is where the difficulty lies with multiple monitors.

mollyhorses
11-12-04, 10:12 AM
Triple clean that desk!