Anumber 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.
You will need the cabling for each
display to be compatible both with
the monitor’s port type and the video
card’s port type. Make sure they are
all the same.
You will need a basic computer tool
kit or a Phillips screwdriver of the right
size to take the cover off your computer
to add the second video card.
Connecting it Up and
Turning it On
The instructions with the video
cards should mention whether you
need to connect
the monitors to the
during, or after software installation. If
not, make sure connections are made
before the next step.
Now it’s time to
enable dual monitor
settings. First, you
will need to right
click an open area
of the desktop on
your computer. Now, left click on
Properties at the
bottom of the
appears. You are
Here you are in the
about to select the
Install the second video card. For
the most part, you will need to follow
the instructions that come with the
video cards to install them properly.
Install them one at a time.
You will need to remove the computer case cover. First, touch some
outer metal part of the
computer to discharge
any static, which could fry
your computer’s inner
electronics. Take the
screws out of the case
where they hold it on to
your computer. These are
usually found around the
back for towers or desktop computers, but the
configuration and placing
of screws can be different
for each model computer.
Take the cover off
your computer. Don’t
become frustrated if it
doesn’t come off easily.
Continue to touch some
external metal on the back
of the computer periodically to discharge static
shock. Take your new AGP
or PCI video card and pop
it gently into the slot where
it belongs. The length and
configuration of the cards
and the slots will match.
Each interface card has
a retaining screw to attach
it to the frame of the case. ■ SIS315
Locate these screws and
gently tighten them.
Replace the cover.
Pick a Card, but Not Any
Card — DESKTOP CARDS
XP supports at least the following
some of which appear with the
vendor website. These are for
Nvidia NV3 (Riva128)
Nvidia NV4, NV5 (TNT, TNT2, TNT2,
TNT2 Ultra, TNT2 Vanta, TNT2 M64,
■ 3DFX Banshee
3DFX Voodoo3, Voodoo4, Voodoo5
ATI Rage128, Rage128 AIW, Radeon
3DLabs Permedia2, Permedia3
Matrox Millennium, Millennium II,
Mystique, G100, G200, Productiva,
■ Number Nine Imagine 128,
Imagine128 v2, Revolution 3D,
Here you will select the drop down
arrow and monitor number two.
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