Posted 15 September 2004 - 10:57 PM
I have used dual-screens for well over a year, and I have installed it on more then just a few of my clients. Some may wonder, just how is it done or what are the benefits?
First off, dual-screens simple means that you are using 2 monitors at the same time. They can either be side-to-side, up top-to-bottm. Multi-screen means that there are more then 2, usually 4, 6, or 8, but an odd number of monitors is not uncommon. When dealing with 4 or more, then they are usually in the shape of a square, but other configuations are possible.
Currently, I am working on a few tutorials that explain what to look for on the hardware end. In this thread, I would like to go over a few advantages and disadvantages.
One big advantage, is that you do not have to minimize as many applications. While I am typing this message on one screen, I have another text-based program running on the other screen. I can cut, copy, and paste easily from one to the other. In theory, you can get more done, with just one computer, but I will often watch movies full-screen on one monitor, while surfing with another.
There are a few things to consider, if you want to do this. First, there is a VERY good chance, that you will need more RAM then what you have. The reason why this is, is because the more applications running at the same time, the more memory you need. Also, not all programs, especially full-screen games, like multiple monitors. When you move from one monitor to another, you are moving the cursor beyond the border of the window. Some games do not like that.
To those who have more then one monitor, please share with us on the uses that you do. I know that I could write a novel on the different uses that I have done.
We are all curious like a cat. We wonder, we ask, we learn.
Please post back when a suggestion works, so that others may learn.