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Do you use one or two monitors? This is really, really cool!

 
 
Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 03:46 am
I only just today discovered that you can expand your desktop onto a second monitor for multi-tasking, and I feel like a damned fool for not doing so sooner. Imagine dragging and dropping from one screen to the next, multi-tasking with twice the work area, on a system smart enough to re-open programs on whichever monitor you used them last. What a wicked cool discovery!
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material girl
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 04:00 am
Im so happy for you.

I have recently been shown that I can have multiple tabs at the top of my screen and click on the one I want when I want, not quite as cool as a split screen tho.

Do you pretend your in an episode of 24?
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 04:06 am
material girl wrote:
Do you pretend your in an episode of 24?
I don't know what you mean... I've only seen the program a couple of times.
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material girl
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 04:10 am
OCCOM BILL wrote:
material girl wrote:
Do you pretend your in an episode of 24?
I don't know what you mean... I've only seen the program a couple of times.


Ive never seen it, only clips!
I believe they use split screens to show simaltanious storylines in an interesting way.
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jespah
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 04:32 am
Re: Do you use one or two monitors? This is really, really c
OCCOM BILL wrote:
I only just today discovered that you can expand your desktop onto a second monitor for multi-tasking, and I feel like a damned fool for not doing so sooner. Imagine dragging and dropping from one screen to the next, multi-tasking with twice the work area, on a system smart enough to re-open programs on whichever monitor you used them last. What a wicked cool discovery!


I'll get RP over here; he uses 2 monitors for work.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 05:17 am
i only have the one monitor these days.

at my last gig they gave all the cad operators two monitors.
it was pretty sweet -- you could see everything at once...
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squinney
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 06:03 am
Perhaps if you were working at WORK instead of by remote... Laughing

I can't imagine two monitors on my desk. They'd have to be flat screens.

I updated to 7.0 on my work computer so I have the multiple tabs... very sweet indeed.

Bear can split his laptop and have two desktops at once. The drag and drop is cool.
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George
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 06:32 am
We've got a two-monitor setup on our test rigs in the lab.
We need a lot of screen real estate.
No need (or room) for that at home.
I'm still trying to convince The Lovely Bride to move up to a 19" screen.
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 08:07 am
squinney wrote:
Perhaps if you were working at WORK instead of by remote... Laughing

the old joke was -- with two monitors we should be able to do twice as much work...

George wrote:
still trying to convince The Lovely Bride to move up to a 19" screen.

maybe tell her size does matter after all?
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George
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 08:32 am
Region Philbis wrote:
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George wrote:
still trying to convince The Lovely Bride to move up to a 19" screen.

maybe tell her size does matter after all?

A dangerous, dangerous path down which I fear to tread.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 08:36 am
I use two, my laptop with a desktop monitor, but I've used as many as four 20" LCD's on a single system. It's great.
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OCCOM BILL
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 11:30 am
cjhsa wrote:
I use two, my laptop with a desktop monitor,
That's what I've done here. I've always been one to keep a billion windows open, so I can't imagine why I didn't do this sooner.

cjhsa wrote:
but I've used as many as four 20" LCD's on a single system. It's great.
Shocked What kind of special software/hardware does that require?
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 11:34 am
I honestly don't know if it required a special graphics card - it may have. It used a single cable that split into four connectors.

It's really nice though. You can have two IE monitors, a Word and Excel spreadsheet open simultaneously and only have to move the mouse to get to them. No windowing involved.
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 11:43 am
You can have as many monitors as you have video outputs. Many video cards come with 2 outputs so 2 video cards would give you 4 monitors. It means you end up using at least one PCI slot video card. This will change as the PCI slot is phased out and the PCI express becomes the bus of choice.

You normally can't use video on the motherboard if you want to use more than one monitor if I recall correctly. Most require you to disable onboard video to use a video card.
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parados
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 11:49 am
A single cable that splits into 4 seperate video feeds is a specialty card.

It appears there are some quad video cards out there in the $300-400 range.
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George
 
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Reply Wed 21 Mar, 2007 12:59 pm
Only thing I hate about multiple screens is that it takes me
for-friggin-ever to find the dang cursor.
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