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How Do I setup a Multiple Monitor Computer?


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#1 ironmaster1

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 09:59 AM

I would like to setup three or four monitors on my computer. I want the screens to have individual properties but also be connected in a panoramic fashion. Can I add more video cards or should I get a ready made unit that supports several monitors? If so, where's a good place to look for one?

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 10:02 AM

A little more info. on your current hardware would be helpful.

Motherboard?

Current video card?

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Posted 12 August 2009 - 11:07 PM

Basically, I know of four ways to setup multiple monitors on a computer
and I've used three of these methods:

1) You can change or add an extra Video Card to your system. Since you need 3-4 Monitors, you can use a Quad Monitor Graphics Card or you can use two Dual Head Graphics Cards if your motherboard will support it. If you take the dual card approach, make sure you use identical cards. Don't mix NVidia and ATI cards!

2) You can use a USB to VGA Adapter or a USB to DVI Adapter to add an extra monitor. You can use multiple adapters for multiple extra montiors. You can also just buy a USB Monitor, which does not need a video card port.

3) You can get a Matrox DualHead2Go or Matrox TripleHead2Go Adapter. You will need to have a compatible graphics card to use these adapters. Here is a link to the Matrox Compatibility Tool. It will tell you if your computer is compatible.

http://matrox.com/graphics/en/support/gxm_main/

4) Probably the best solution if you can afford it,is to buy a pre-manufactured Multiple Monitor Computer. Personally, I like SUPER PC™ because they have the best prices and are the most popular for multi-monitor products. 9XMedia™ is pretty good too, but their prices are really high. This way you don't risk getting a bunch of crashes, which can be common in home-built multi-monitor systems.




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