Setting Up DUAL,
by David Geer
Under Windows XP
Here’s an easy way to set up a really cool and useful computer display
configuration that will make friends think you’re a super-geek!
Why Set Up Dual, Flat
Well, you get at least five benefits.
One, you have twice the desktop
space because your mouse, applications, documents, and viewing area go
across both screens; in other words,
the two screens form one display.
Two, you can multitask in that you
can have one document or program
open in one window and one open in
another, both to full screen if you like.
Three, you can save space by hanging
or mounting these monitors on the wall
instead of having them on your desk
(mounting instructions not included).
Four, if something goes wrong with
one display, you still have the other.
Five, you can set the screen resolution
and color settings for each display
independent of the other if you like.
And, six (yes, six), though this
type of setup takes some getting used
to, you will reap enormous benefits in
productivity and personal enjoyment
once you adjust.
This is a screen shot of the menu you
will see when you right click on the
desktop and are about to left click on
Parts — Hardware,
You will need a computer that has
two monitor ports inside, PCI or AGP
ports; these port types will determine
the port types you need for the video
cards you will need. The computer
should be running the Windows XP
You will need two flat panel display
monitors of equal size. These should
preferably be of the same make and
model, compatible in appearance with
your computer, and of viewable screen
dimensions great enough that together
they will give you a much broader viewing area than your current monitor.
You will need two video cards, one
for each flat panel monitor. Both cards
must support the type of flat panel
monitors you have; you will need to
check with the manufacturer. I would
ask the manufacturers of both the
monitors and the cards. The vast majority of recent video card lines will have a
model that will work.
You will need to use
display adapters (AGP or
PCI, same thing as video
cards above), as these
support this application.
While most adapters that
meet the above requirements will work for display number one, display
number two’s adapter
must have independent
Or, Pick These Cards — For Laptops
With the Dualview Feature
XP supports at least the following video/graphics
cards/adapters, some of which appear with the vendor
These cards work with laptops that come with XP and
the Dualview feature, in which you can share the desktop between the laptop display and a separate display.
■ www.tridentmicro.com — Trident XP and 3D
■ www.s3graphics.com — S3 Savage MX