Pick a Card, but Still Not Just
Any Card — DESKTOPS WITH
XP supports at least the following
video/graphics cards/adapters, some of
which appear with the vendor website.
The following cards work with desktop
computers that come with XP’s
Having selected the
here, it appears in
the menu window.
You will need to
check the box next
to “Extend my
onto this monitor”
as shown. Then click
apply and OK.
■ Matrox G200, G400, G450
Dualview is a Windows XP technology
that lets you use a special single video
card for two monitors or a laptop with a
port for an external monitor to extend
the desktop beyond the current display
to an additional screen. This is most
useful when extending beyond a laptop
screen to a second, external monitor.
of interference, the
monitors may need
to be moved a little
farther apart. Some
only be displayed
on the primary
end up being
very large as they
capture the entire
desktop no matter
how big they are.
now in the Display Properties.
Select the Settings tab. Select the
down arrow right of the drop down
menu under the word Display in the
middle of this screen. Select the second
monitor that was added. The second
monitor should now appear in the
drop down menu window.
Put a check in the box next to
“Extend my windows desktop
onto this monitor.” Click apply
and OK, and you’re done.
1. TigerDirect: www.tigerdirect.com
2. Ergo In Demand: www.ergoindemand.com
3. Ergotron: www.ergotron.com
4. Monitor Outlet: www.monitoroutlet.com
1. MaxiVista: www.maxivista.com
2. UltraMon: www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon
If you experience symptoms
Confirm that you can do all that I
described at the beginning of this article. Watch your mouse move from one
screen to the other. Open applications
and documents and stretch them across
both screens or move one to the left
and one to the right for multitasking.
Under the same Settings tab, you
can select the monitor that you want
to adjust settings for and then use the
slide bar to change its resolution and
the color settings to adjust color.
A number of manufacturers offer
mounts for multiple monitors as the
dual monitor setup actually affords up
to 10 monitors once installed and
recognized by your computer. Check
out vendors like Ergo In Demand,
Ergotron, and the Monitor Outlet.
There is also special software you
can try out. Take a look at MaxiVista and
UltraMon. These packages can help you
to easily set up and configure multiple
monitors and get you deep into additional multi-display tweaks and settings.
With MaxiVista, you can turn a networked computer or laptop into a second (or third or fourth or ?) external monitor for multi-monitor setup. UltraMon
adds a useful taskbar to each monitor to
keep open windows under control. NV