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    Things to do with my new dual monitor setup.

    Right having got that fantastic bargin from aria on a 20inch WS Dell TFT, I have setup my 19inch CRT as a second monitor.

    What things can I do with my second monitor to use the space well and actually justify having it?


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    Nothing of any use unless you do a lot of Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, etc work

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    if you code or anything like that, docs on one code on t'other

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    Lets see...

    Learn to VJ.
    Put winamp/trillian/email on one screen and browse on the other
    play games in widescreen
    boast (check)
    post pictures so others feel jealous (check)
    watch a fullscreen dvd while doing something else
    download ultramon

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    I do use photoshop, guess I could always develop my skills. Already got a large winamp skin and it looks fantastic, along with some other widgets.

    Cheers people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic
    download ultramon
    That ones almost an essential for Dual Monitors.

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    One thing I've always wanted to know is how do you setup your dual monitors? I had a 19" and a 17" running from my 6800GT before, worked fantastic, but whenever I dragged PowerDVD over to the 2nd monitor, it would run at about 2fps... Also, I could never play games on the 19" and actually do anything useful on the 2nd, what's the best way to do this? Use a PCI card for the 2nd monitor?

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    The second monitor wont have a video overlay, so any video (if it even plays) will be slow.

    If you want to do either of those you mentioned you'll need a specialist multimonitor gfx card.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic
    If you want to do either of those you mentioned you'll need a specialist multimonitor gfx card.
    Or would a 2nd PCI GPU work OK? I have a couple lying around I think...

    Sorry to hijack Famished, but I had to ask!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomic
    That ones almost an essential for Dual Monitors.
    Good advice.

    Also could be a good time to get into Samurize - http://www.samurize.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen
    One thing I've always wanted to know is how do you setup your dual monitors? I had a 19" and a 17" running from my 6800GT before, worked fantastic, but whenever I dragged PowerDVD over to the 2nd monitor, it would run at about 2fps... Also, I could never play games on the 19" and actually do anything useful on the 2nd, what's the best way to do this? Use a PCI card for the 2nd monitor?

    When ever I run videos on my second monitor they are fine and run at fill speed, I have got a 9800pro and a 3.2 P4 chip.

    Cheers for samurize as well, gonna give it a try later tonight, it looks really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Famished
    When ever I run videos on my second monitor they are fine and run at fill speed, I have got a 9800pro and a 3.2 P4 chip.
    OK, I'll take it to a seperate thread.

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    Some flight sims support dual monitors nicely too - one sceen for all the many controls/instruments and one for your window view.

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    It's great for coding, code on one screen, docs, debugger, etc. on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous_dom
    Some flight sims support dual monitors nicely too - one sceen for all the many controls/instruments and one for your window view.

    Any idea which one?

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    Microsoft one i think does.

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