Dual-screen set-up
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Sp and Fr to En  Identity Verified
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Nov 17, 2009

Hello,
Operating System: Windows XP.
I usually use two screens. My main PC is a laptop, and I would connect the old desktop screen to it, and that worked really well. I have recently had to revert to the desktop as my main PC (no problems with the laptop itself, just an application thing). How do I enable a dual-screen set up? If it involves getting a graphics card, how easy is this to instal, and can you recommend a retailer?
Regards,

Carlos.


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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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MS Virtual Desktop Manager Nov 17, 2009

A partial answer could be the Microsoft Virtual Desktop Manager, available from this page:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/Downloads/powertoys/Xppowertoys.mspx

It enables you to switch between 4 different contents of the desktop, using a single monitor, either by clicking icons (1 - 4) on the taskbar or with a keyboard shortcut (Windows + 1, 2, 3 or 4)

HTH a little,
Oliver


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FarkasAndras
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graphics card Nov 17, 2009

Check how many output ports your card has. If there are two (the one you're using plus a free one), you're good to go. If it has just one, time to go graphics card shopping.

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Sergei Leshchinsky  Identity Verified
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install Radmin Nov 17, 2009

And have the second PC's (or laptop's) desctop in a separate window. You can launch some applications there to distribute the working load.

The laptop will look as follows.



You can also use it in full-screen mode or resize dragging the corners.


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Sp and Fr to En  Identity Verified
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Thanks everyone Nov 19, 2009

Thanks everyone.
FarkasAndras: there's only one socket that can take the screen cable on my PC.


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FarkasAndras
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New card Nov 19, 2009

Sergei Leshchinsky wrote:

Radmin

That serves a completely different purpose. The OP wants to use two monitors on one PC and not the other way around.

Sp and Fr to En wrote:

Thanks everyone.
FarkasAndras: there's only one socket that can take the screen cable on my PC.

As far as I can tell, you need a new graphics card (aka video card) then. (There are esoteric soutions for running a monitor off of a USB port and things like that but they don't seem to be too enticing to me.) As to what card to get and how much you'd need to spend, I have no clue.


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