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  1. campsb

    campsb Thread Starter

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    I was talking with someone the other day and they mentioned the possibility of using mulitple monitors on one computer. This would be an excellent solution for the kind of work I do. My question is around how to set that up. I'd like to do this with my laptop if possible.

    Thanks,

    Campsb:)
     
  2. OctanSenator

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    Not sure about on a laptop, but on my desktop at work i have two monitors on one PC.

    Think you'll need a graphics card that let's you connect two monitors.
     
  3. dustyjay

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    most newer laptops also have a VGA out connector. If yours does this will work. Give us the specs and or model number of your laptop Including the graphics adapter.
     
  4. campsb

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    Thanks guys for such a quick response.

    It's a Gateway M460 with an Intel (R) Pentium (R) M processor 2.00 GHz with 2 GB Ram

    The Display Adapter is an ATI MOBILITY RADEON X600

    If I can do it, how do I set it up?

    Thanks!

    Campsb
     
  5. dustyjay

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    You would plug the external monitor into your VGA port (According to gateway there is one on that model.). Boot your computer, then right click anywhere on the desktop that has no Icons. in the drop down menu that appears select properties. Then select the Settings tab. It should show both of your monitors. However the second one may not be enabled. You then drag the number 2 monitor to the orientation that it sits on your desk in relation to the laptop. THe laptop being number 1. You can then adjust the resolution of the monitor to suit the monitor and your viewing comfort so long as it is capable of that resolution. THe monitor that is active will be the one that is highlighted or outlined.
     
  6. campsb

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    DustyJay,

    So does this mean I can have two applications open at once, one on each monitor and move between them?

    This will be too cool!

    Campsb
     
  7. Drew7997

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    Campsb- It's the greatest thing since sliced bread! lol.
    it's excellent if you need say 2 open pages 1 say IE and 1 a program or excel or word file to do data entry I'd love to have 2 displays here at work, I've got them at home and I'm soooo limited to my speed here at work.
     
  8. JohnWill

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    The ability to have separate displays will depend on the capabilities of the laptop, not all of them will give you anything but the same thing on both. I use dual monitors on this system, it's great for development work.
     
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