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Windows 7: Dual Monitors

02 Jan 2011   #1
bigmck

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Dual Monitors

I have been going through the thread "Show Us Your Rig". There are quite a few rigs with dual monitors. What is the purpose of that? Inquiring minds want to know.
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02 Jan 2011   #2
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Extended desktop space.
and alot of people who play games will use three monitors with Nvidia surround or AMD eyefinity.
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02 Jan 2011   #3
Kari

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I quite often have a different OS running on secondary screen in a virtual machine, for multiple purposes, as told for instance here.
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02 Jan 2011   #4
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Good question. When I first heard about dual monitors I had the exact reaction you did. I was like, "That's strange and seems really silly!" But ever since I got mine set up I love it. It is like having 2 different computers going. I can work on a website and a spreadsheet @ the same time. I can have multiple browsers open and still have room for other things. It also helps when you want to compare different things like on newegg or ebay, etc... If you ever get a chance to run duals you will love it.
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02 Jan 2011   #5
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WartHog View Post
Good question. When I first heard about dual monitors I had the exact reaction you did. I was like, "That's strange and seems really silly!" But ever since I got mine set up I love it. It is like having 2 different computers going. I can work on a website and a spreadsheet @ the same time. I can have multiple browsers open and still have room for other things. It also helps when you want to compare different things like on newegg or ebay, etc... If you ever get a chance to run duals you will love it.
That makes a lot of sense. I do the compare also but just use two tabs of Internet Explorer. == When you have two monitors, does your one mouse go on both screens?
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02 Jan 2011   #6
ionbasa

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post

That makes a lot of sense. I do the compare also but just use two tabs of Internet Explorer. == When you have two monitors, does your one mouse go on both screens?
yes, in essence what happens is that your "desktop" gets extended, so you can move the mouse from 1 monitor to the second monitor, so only one mouse.
think of it like this, with one monitor you have 1920*1080 resolution, add a second in extended mode and the resolution would be 1920*2160 because it extends to the second monitor.
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02 Jan 2011   #7
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WartHog View Post
Good question. When I first heard about dual monitors I had the exact reaction you did. I was like, "That's strange and seems really silly!" But ever since I got mine set up I love it. It is like having 2 different computers going. I can work on a website and a spreadsheet @ the same time. I can have multiple browsers open and still have room for other things. It also helps when you want to compare different things like on newegg or ebay, etc... If you ever get a chance to run duals you will love it.
That makes a lot of sense. I do the compare also but just use two tabs of Internet Explorer. == When you have two monitors, does your one mouse go on both screens?

My mouse gets stuck inbetween switching screens


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02 Jan 2011   #8
WartHog

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Rofl!!!
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02 Jan 2011   #9
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Having Two is always better than having one. Especially if the second one is bigger than the first.

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02 Jan 2011   #10
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I use dual monitors at work and have for years and would be lost without the second monitor. For home use, I'm fine with just a single monitor. In fact, most of the time, I am using my laptop which obviously only has 1 screen.
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