June 16, 2006
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Happy Friday, everyone! Right now, I'm really regretting that I recycled my perfectly good 19-inch CRT monitor when I upgraded to a LCD flat screen. Before Steve's question was presented in the newsletter--on using two monitors on one PC--I never really gave much thought to using that old monitor for more screen real estate. Shoot! Oh well, no crying over spilled milk. But for those of you who still have that extra monitor sitting around, before you chuck it, keep in mind that this week's topic may come in handy. So to get you started on this possibility, I present to you Paul's winning answer. We have many other great recommendations from our members in the discussion thread, so please check them out. For those of you who are already running two or more monitors on your computer, share some photos of your setup and tell us how you are currently running this. Any advice you can offer would be wonderful! Take care and have a great weekend!
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I have a question about using two monitors at the same time. Recently we bought a 19-inch flat monitor, but we still like our bulky Dell Trinitron 19-incher, and it still works great. A friend of ours said he saw on TV that people had set up their PC using two monitors at the same time and, for example, are able to drag an Excel spreadsheet to display along with another PowerPoint slide from each monitor. Can you tell us, is it possible for newbies like us to do this, and how and what type of wire do we need to link these two monitors together; plus, how do we set XP's OS to do it? Thanks.
Steve N. of Fairfax, Virginia
Hi Steve, it is possible to use two monitors and hopefully this will help you.
1. First you must consider the power usage of using two monitors. If you are not concerned about this, then you can move on.
2. Do you have room for two monitors; do you have a power strip or a free outlet to plug into near by?
3. Do you have the correct hardware?
What you need...and assuming you don't have a dual-capable graphics card installed...You will need a few things before getting started: one, a free AGP (accelerated graphics port) or PCI (peripheral component interface slot) on the motherboard. The reason for this is that you need an open slot to plug in a graphics card that will support dual-monitor hookups...
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