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Multiple Monitor Primer
"What is all this hype about using more than one monitor on a PC?"
Multiple monitors are quickly becoming a small revolution in the 3D animation community. Although this has been a feature of several UNIX platforms and even several other OS'es (including Windows) in the past, few people have had access in this realm. With the advent of less-expensive PC hardware costs and multiple monitor support in popular OS'es like Windows98, more and more people have become aware of this little-known trick. There are just two basic ways to obtain multiple monitors on your PC:

1) Purchase a video card that supports two or more monitors. I have put together a small list of manufacturers in the links page that have such products.

2) Use an operating system that supports multiple video cards on the same motherboard.

My experience has been that the latter option is the least expensive. Single display adapters with multiple outputs tend to cost more than standard decent-quality cards.

There are several different formats that can be used with multiple monitors. Below are some of them...


Above is the most common and useful arrangement. Understand that two monitors are not always the limitation. In many setups, 8 or more monitors can be arranged from a single PC! Just imagine a panoramic view for your flight simulator!!! This site information is dedicated to the above systems.

There are two additional arrangements out there that I'll describe below just for your edification...

This setup can be most useful in training, presentation, or sales areas.

As you can imagine, this can be a dream for 2D and photo editing operations.

* Images courtesy of Tridium Research Duographics Dual Monitor Graphics Cards

Now there are also alternatives to the hardware you can use to create a multiple monitor system...