piercey
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2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:43 am

Does anyone know how to hook up 2-3 monitors up to the same computer? I have these 2 older monitors that I'm thinking of doing this with along with my new one.
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:53 am

Quoting Piercey (Thread starter):
Does anyone know how to hook up 2-3 monitors up to the same computer?

Multiple outputs. If you need to get another video card to do that, then that's the way it is. Most (99% I'd say) non-integrated video cards these days come with two already there. Two monitors is a breeze, but three is far less common and it may be a bit more tricky to execute.

What's your video card setup now?
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 9:55 am

There are connections in the back of the graphics cards. You should have an adapter to connect to the second one to the second port. Otherwise, you can get them really cheap.
How many you can hook up depends on your computer, though. (And the parts you have.)

I only ever use two LCDs at the same time, and I make sure that they are the same size and type. (That way it is easier to run them at native res and it looks more pleasing.)
 
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:27 am

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 2):
I only ever use two LCDs at the same time, and I make sure that they are the same size and type.

Actually, you can set different resolutions for each display, so that shouldn't be an issue.
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:32 am

This is actually a breeze with most laptops--Macs, for instance, will auto-detect and switch you to a dual-desktop mode. I keep one flat panel monitor to the left of my main screen and that's where windows I like to keep running but don't need to stare at (e-mail client, stock ticker, etc.) sit.
 
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:35 am

Quoting AC773 (Reply 3):
Actually, you can set different resolutions for each display, so that shouldn't be an issue.

I know that, but I use the same sizes for the aesthetic appeal, and so that when I am using a "single continuous screen," they seem to match up.
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So that they match in size, not just resolution, if you know what I'm saying. Sorry for putting that poorly.



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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 11:55 am

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 5):
I know that, but I use the same sizes for the aesthetic appeal

Ah, that makes sense.

Quoting Halcyon (Reply 5):
Sorry for putting that poorly.

No worries!  Smile
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:03 pm

Well, I connected it, but now it won't recognize the second monitor  Sad
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:15 pm

Probably just needs to be activated.

1. Right-click on desktop, click properties then the "settings" tab.
2. There should be a 1 and a 2 there. Click on the 2 and there should be a check-box near the bottom that reads "extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor."
3. Check it, hit apply and you're done!

[Edited 2007-04-07 05:15:49]
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:32 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 1):
breeze, but three is far less common and it may be a bit more tricky to execute.

3 is no more difficult than 2, though figuring out wihch output Windows thinks is which the first time you go to set it up becomes a little more involved with each additional monitor (the most I've ever seen or personally used on one machine is 4, though suposedly Windows can do up to 8 (or is it 9 now?).

Quoting AC773 (Reply 3):
Actually, you can set different resolutions for each display, so that shouldn't be an issue

Yeah, technically it's not an issue, but practically having displays with different resolutions becomes a PITA because you have to be aware of the "break" point -- the point at which because of the smaller resolution your cursor has run out of space to move but if you move it up or over it suddenly jumps to the larger display.

I'm running two 19" Dell LCDs at home and in the office and wouldn't have it any other way -- I tried 3 in the office and just couldn't get used to it. (Though our graphics guy has 3 17" LCDs and swears by it). Once you get used to it it's just so easy to get work done! [At my previous job at one point I had a total of 6 LCDs on my desk -- but they were connected to three different computers (2 PC, 1 Mac)

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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 12:50 pm

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 9):
3 is no more difficult than 2

I've never had more than 2, so thanks for clearing that up! Interesting to hear as well that you thought 3 was too much. I've always just assumed that it'd be too awkward, but I haven't heard a solid opinion about it until now.

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 9):
but practically having displays with different resolutions becomes a PITA because you have to be aware of the "break" point

Yeah, I can see that being a problem; but I only see this as being an LCD issue. For example, my setup runs a 17" and a 15" CRT, both at 1024x768, no complaints. Piercey mentioned older monitors, so this shouldn't be a problem for him either.
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:20 pm

Quoting AC773 (Reply 8):
2. There should be a 1 and a 2 there. Click on the 2 and there should be a check-box near the bottom that reads "extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor."

Well that's the thing, there's no 2....  Sad
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:54 pm

Quoting Piercey (Reply 11):
Well that's the thing, there's no 2....

Ok... Next phase of troubleshooting.

Have you tried rebooting your compuer with both monitors connected and turned on? Some video cards only detect if a monitor is connected when the computer reboots.

If that still doesn't do what you want it to...Are the connectors on the same card or is one on an expansion card with one build into the motherboard? Some PCs with built in video disable the on-board video if they detect an add-in video card. Depending on the computer it may be possible to change this (in the BIOS/System Setup) or you may not be able to use the onboard video, in which case you would need to add another card. (Refer to your system's documentation for specific details)


Quoting AC773 (Reply 10):
Interesting to hear as well that you thought 3 was too much. I've always just assumed that it'd be too awkward, but I haven't heard a solid opinion about it until now.

Yeah, any time I have to do something to our graphics guy's PC it feels like I spend 90% of the time (a) figuring out what monitor the cursor is on, and (b) moving the cursor to the monitor it needs to be on plus it kind of pushes the limits of perhipreal vision, at least the way he has it set up, defeating the advantage of being able to see more at the same time.

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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:04 pm

Ah forget all this, why stop at just three monitors, go for at least 12 =)

Just invest in this and go at it.

http://www.jupiter.com/Support/images/980-Front-logos-1024.jpg

http://www.jupiter.com/Frame_980.htm

From personal experience, its bitching for large walls.
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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:22 pm

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 13):
From personal experience, its bitching for large walls.

Yeah, but Jupiter is going to a whole 'nother level of "Oh my God, that cost HOW MUCH?" expensive-- not that it's not worth it since the majority of our clients using their hardware seem quite satisfied, but I doubt someone talking about using older used monitors would be in the same country, let alone ballpark as far as budget goes.

[Side note: A Jupiter processor along with Clarity Visual Systems Margay video cubes is what gives the wall for CNN's 'Situation Room'. The give away is the blue bar that appears at the top of the wall, according to my sources]

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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:30 pm

Ahh clarity is too low end... I prefer Christie with a Draper wall.

It really doesnt cost much, just about $80,000 for the jupiter and $20,000 per projector. The wall can get up to around $500,000, AMX control at about $20,000, plus labor and misc. materials.

No big deal. =)

PS. how do you even know the name Clarity?

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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:41 pm

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 15):
AMX control at about $20,000



Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 15):
PS. how do you even know the name Clarity?

I'm a Crestron Certified Programmer (if you know AMX surely you've heard of Crestron)... I don't see much Clarity, but they pop up often enough. I see a lot of Christie (a few DS+8K/HD5Ks and a lot of smaller stuff) but I haven't seen Christie w/ Jupiter processing as yet.

Lincoln
(Edit to fix model # and brand name...must not post when tired)

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RE: 2+ Computer Monitors At The Same Time...

Sat Apr 07, 2007 2:44 pm

Quoting Lincoln (Reply 16):
Crestron

Of course I know Crestron....

I put together the pacific fleet NOC using the combination above. Thats funny, im not used to people even knowing these names. Good times
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