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Dual Monitor Video Card

Dual monitor video cards work much like regular video cards, the main difference being that there are plug-ins for two monitors. Most dual monitor video cards typically come with one VGA port and one DVI port (Digital Visual Interface, used to connect devices to HDTV’s.) To allow the use of second monitor, the video cards are bundled with a DVI to VGA converter, which allows a second monitor to be plugged into the DVI port. This is the case with most ATI video cards; although some cards come with two VGA ports, while others have two DVI ports.

Dual Monitor Video Card

Ever wished you had more room on your monitor to accommodate all the windows you would like to have open? I know I have, and that is why when I bought my last video card, I made sure it was a dual monitor video card. With a dual monitor video card, you have the ability to hook up two monitors to your computer at the same time. Naturally, with double the amount of monitors, you have twice as much space for you to view your open windows, applications, and files.

 

How to setup your dual monitors

Setting up your computer to run with two monitors is usually straight forward. The usual steps to install a second monitor are to install your video card driver, plug in the second monitor, right click on the desktop and choose “Properties”, click on the “Settings” tab, click on the blue box with the number 2 in it, and finally click “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.” The numbers in the blue boxes represent which monitor is the primary (1) and secondary (2) monitor. Windows always assumes the first time you hook up a new monitor that it is on the right side of your primary monitor. If it’s not, just drag and drop the secondary monitor onto the left side of your primary monitor.

It doesn’t matter what combination or size of monitors that you use, although it is best to try to use two identical monitors so that the screens line up with each other. Operating with two monitors is very intuitive and works well, especially in Windows XP. You just simply move your mouse from one monitor to the other. If you would like to move a window to a different monitor, you just click and drag it, just like normal. It takes almost no time to get used to having two monitors instead of one.

 

Benefits of having dual monitors

I must say, having two monitors is a luxury that you must experience to fully appreciate. In fact, I am using two monitors as I type this. The monitor on my left has Notepad open, which contains my notes on this article, while the monitor on my right has Word open, where I am currently typing this article. It is very convenient instead of constantly switching back and forth between Notepad and Word. Productivity can be improved with almost any application, by allowing you to resize the whole application across both monitors, or keep multiple applications visible at the same time.

With the cost of dual monitor video cards so low (prices start at around $40) and the price of monitors always dropping, there is little reason not reap the benefits of having two monitors. Things have never looked so good.