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Old 05-06-06, 09:18 PM
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What to do with two monitors?

Ill be posting this thread in both videogame and tech talk as Im looking for suggestions for computer use and videogame use. Im about to purchase a 19" Widescreen LCD that will be used for both playing the 360 and a computer monitor. My other monitor is a Dell Flat screen 15" LCD. Its still relatively new so what can I do with it. Ive heard some people use two monitors at the same time for various reasons but I dont know what reasons exactly. So what can I do with the two of them?
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For me, I use two monitors for the programs I'm using. Adobe programs have a lot of palettes, so I use one monitor for the project I'm working on and the second one is used for the palettes. It's great to be able to see your work on one screen without the other palettes covering it.
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It's always nice to have two monitors. Gives you more options. You can have one monitor for the Adobe program and one for IE. Or two IE windows side by side so that you don't have to keep alt-tabbing back and forth just to see the contents. Or have both an Excel window and a Word window visible at the same time. Etc.
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Personally, I use Dual monitors as one big desktop in dualhead mode.
I usially pace the PVR window on the first, and use the 2nd one for browsing, email, chat etc, all this while the TV plays.

Generally speaking, there a a few different scenarios for using 2 or more monitors:
1. Mirror the desktop on each additional monitor.
2. Use them in Stretch mode
3. Dualhead mode--this way when you maximize application, it fills the monitor it is displayed on, rhather than spanned across monitors as in No. 2.

Here are some hints from Maxtor how 2 or more monitors can be utilized:
http://www.matrox.com/mga/dualhead/whatisdh2.cfm

One more:
http://www.guygraphics.com/article2.html

A link to a screenshot of my dual monitor desktop:
http://ulysses.cs.umt.edu/~alexp/desktop.jpg
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As somone who video/audio edits on ocassion, I'll be the first to suggest running dual screens (and if you're concerned about different sizes... I ran a 30" and a 15" dual at my last job haha).

But, another consideration is to keep the smaller monitor safe, and use it if the 19 ever fails.
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I keep outlook open in my left monitor and use the primary one of IE, Word, etc. I use two 17 inch Dell LCDs, but will likely upgrade to two 19 inch LCDs in a few months.
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Maxtor, Matrox.. who's counting..

Btw - where did you get that AT dual monitor wallpaper? very nice! share?



Originally Posted by sash
Here are some hints from Maxtor how 2 or more monitors can be utilized:
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A link to a screenshot of my dual monitor desktop:
http://ulysses.cs.umt.edu/~alexp/desktop.jpg
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Originally Posted by ravan
Maxtor, Matrox.. who's counting..

Btw - where did you get that AT dual monitor wallpaper? very nice! share?

Oops, lets see if I can at least get a link right:
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/21849547/

BTW there are some great wallpapers for multi monitor displays on deviantart.
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At work, I keep Outlook open on one monitor due to the volume of emails i recieve and the need to keep up to date, while i have my web browser and other work materials on the other.
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Monitor 1: Softcore
Monitor 2: Hardcore
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I finally have a two monitor setup at work. My 14.1" on my notebook (Thinkpad T43) and a 17" external LCD monitor. I use the stretch mode to keep work stuff on the notebook and personal stuff on the external monitor.

The 17" LCD has one dead pixel. My second one in 6 monitors (3 LCD monitors, 3 notebooks with LCD).

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