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How to setup dual monitors


Reviewed by: Jody
Review Date: April 15, 2001

Dual Monitor Guide

The phrase multi-monitor probably brings fear into your mind, but beware, fear is only the beginning, what comes after that is shear amazement. Doing multi-monitor hookups is extremely easy, but is very picky, in fact, while doing this review, it took me a while to hook the two video cards up correctly. The end result is quite nice since you now have to two monitors in which you can view you desktop. This is a very fun thing to do too if you are bored or if you need more desktop space. I first did it because I had a cheap video card lying around and an old monitor and I figured what the heck, let’s give it a try. Here are my Cards:








First off, you will need only a trusty screwdriver for this guide and of course, the monitor and video card being added. Go ahead and put the monitor near you primary one, either side is fine, and make it so you can glance between them rather quickly. Next, download the latest drivers for your new (or old) video card and unzip them to a directory that you can get to once you have rebooted. Now its time to get down and dirty, go ahead and get your new card and find an open bay for it, remove the metal slot and plug in the new video card. Secure it in place with the screw and plug it up. Now fire up your computer and immediately get into you BIOS. Go to where it says something like this:


Have that set to the type of slot your existing video card was in, remember:

Brown = AGP
White = PCI

Now, fire up your computer and wait for the found hardware screen to come up. Click the specify location button when it asks you where to find the drivers and specify the location of the drivers you unzipped before you shut down. Now it will ask you to restart, now I know many of you might think yourselves [H]ard by skipping this step but don’t, video cards need their drivers and by not shutting down you could be getting yourself in deep trouble. Once it is back running go into your Display Control and click on the settings tab. Once there you should see a large monitor and a grayed out one next to it. Click the grayed out monitor and drag it to in relation to where you second screen is to your primary in real life. Once done a message like this will appear:


Click yes and set the resolution of the new monitor to your choice. Now try it out, good luck!

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