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Windows 7: Running 2 Monitors?

20 Jul 2010   #1
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Running 2 Monitors?

I have often wondered why people run two monitors on a standard type setup. Just thinking of it I think having the split in the middle of what ever I was doing would be a huge negative, especially when playing games


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20 Jul 2010   #2
DragonTuningCo

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

What do you mean by a standard setup?

I run 2 monitors with different things on each.

It's nice to be able to run a game on the left screen for example and have a web browser open on the right
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20 Jul 2010   #3
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I have one screen and am thinking of running two,

Pros:
Cons:

PLease state
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20 Jul 2010   #4
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Easier multitasking. You can have one thing running on one monitor, and another thing, or several open on the other one. Nice for having monitoring/temp programs on one while you're playing a game, etc. I could go on and on. As for games, you'll pretty much still just be playing it on one monitor. Unless you have an ATI 5000 series card setup with Eyefinity. And a minimum even for that to be worth it you'd want 3+ monitors.

If say you had two, you'd set it up as Extended display, which would just extend one monitor to the other, like one long desktop. Everything wouldn't be split equally from the center bezel though. You would have one thing like your browser on your main, and some other programs running on the other.

Or as a Duplicated display, which would be like having exact copies on both monitors of what you have on one of the monitors at a given time.

If you had two or more monitors, you'd want to have some program like Ultramon, or DisplayFusion to give you some better options to take advantage of the mutli monitors. Like extending the taskbar, etc.

A program like Ultramon would let you split some programs between the screens if you wanted, say like your browser, but it's impractical with two monitors having the middle of your browser behind the monitor bezel.

Eyefinity (with ATI 5000 series cards) can merge all your monitors into one big display for games, but not all games work with it, and has it's own quirks.
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20 Jul 2010   #5
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Can i run it easily

Graphics Card Nividia GeForce FX 5200
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20 Jul 2010   #6
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Well the way I understand it you actually stretch what ever would be on the one monitor over the two. If you have two different application one on each screen I suppose it could be a plus. I have never really thought about doing something like this I must admit and was just wondering how people use it
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20 Jul 2010   #7
z3r010

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Reilly View Post
Can i run it easily

Graphics Card Nividia GeForce FX 5200
If you have two monitor ports on the card then all you need to do is plug another screen in.
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20 Jul 2010   #8
Reilly

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

How do i check for that?
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20 Jul 2010   #9
z3r010

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DirtRider View Post
Well the way I understand it you actually stretch what ever would be on the one monitor over the two.
No each screen is separate.
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20 Jul 2010   #10
DragonTuningCo

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Reilly View Post
Can i run it easily

Graphics Card Nividia GeForce FX 5200
If you have two monitor ports on the card then all you need to do is plug another screen in.
Look on the back of the card where the DVI or VGA cable plugs in. If there are 2 sockets, you are in business
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