Fri, Dec 17 2004 18:56
Dual Monitors the "Cheap Way"
As you go to Paperless [um... how about we all just call it a less paper] office, you find that one of the things you need is MORE MONITORS. Yes, count them, not one, not two but I've got a guy here in the office with three monitors. He can spread his spreadsheet across three monitors. Basically here are the ingredients you need for at least dual monitors:
- A computer running Windows XP [preferably XP sp2]
- The monitor card that came with the PC
- A relatively inexpensive PCI slot video card
The card that came with the computer is more often than not an “ATI” style of card.. you know the monitor cards that I call having the little “foot”. Then you slide in the second PCI card into a free slot and voila, you have two monitors side by side that can have one thing on one monitor and another thing on the other, or one object slid across both screens. For that it's best to have “matching sized” monitors. For him to get three monitors, I bought a Quad Matrox card off of ebay and had it installed in the system.
I personally have one 19 [it might be 20] inch flat screen and a 15 inch flat screen. It's also nice because I can throw webcasts and things up there on the second screen and not bother my main screen.
Personally I think we just need to all get one of these and be done with it. What do you think?
P.S. Forgot to say that most laptops these days can automagically do “dual monitors” as well. Check it out! That “external monitor connection” that you used to only use for powerpoints can be used for two screens as well, the laptop screen and an external monitor.
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