Dual Monitors...??

By Grafficks ยท 7 replies
Dec 15, 2006
  1. Hey everyone, got a quick curious question here.

    I am fascinated by the idea of having dual monitors on my desk. I really want the extra workspace. However, I have a few uncertainties about how it works.

    I know the obvious thing: dual monitors give you more workspace on your desktop.

    Is it just like an extended desktop where you drag things over to the other monitor for more workspace? In what way is the extra desktop workspace achieved?

    Of course I would not come asking without doing my own research...
    Several Google results and many pictures are all I have at the moment, which still does not tell me much about the details i seek.

    From HERE it states that:
    Which basically means the monitors are side-by-side, which is what I want. It then explains more about different ways of using two monitors:

    Ok then...so extended mode is when the monitors can have different settings, and span mode is when they have the same settings..?

    The way that extended mode is worded when it says "additional desktop area" sorta tells me that it lets you simply drag windows from one monitor to the other. Is that how it is?? It does not specify!!!!

    The way it explains span mode, "spans the existing desktop area across two monitors rather than create additional desktop space" is also vague...
    By spanning does it mean extending the desktop including the taskbar & system tray to the other monitor? If so, then wouldn't it be bad since the inch-wide edges of the two monitors would create this ugly un-viewable area down the middle of it?

    Sorry for the length of this...please help me if you can.

    Thanks in advance!!:D

    PS: Yay my 100'th post! :haha:
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    There are basically 3 ways that things can happen, and it may vary on what they are called by the brand of the video chipset.

    You can have them be exactly the same, meaning everything you see on monitor 1 is also identically displayed on monitor 2. This is pretty worthless unless you are doing color comparisons between the 2.

    Another way is to have a HUGE start bar which spans over both screens, you can drag between 1 screen and the other, its effectively 1 big monitor. This way is better than the first one for obvious reasons, but its still not very good. Messages boxes often pop up right in the middle, so its split between 2 monitors not much good.

    The 3rd way is to have 1 monitor be the primary and will house the start bar, then the second monitor is just an extention, but behaves independently. You can still drag windows between both. This is in my opinion the ideal setup.

    Try not to make this more complex than necessary, its a pretty simple set of senarios.

    Edit: Here is a shot of how mine is setup, I have a quicklaunch like bar set to autohide on the far right I forgot to have pop out for the screenshot.
  3. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Yes it's basicly just one big monitor you can drag from one to the other

    Also make sure you get 2 screens that are the same size ( or close to each other ) so the backgrounds or games that you play match up and dont look messed up ;)

    What are your screen resolution SNGX?
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    1680x1050 x2

    Benq 8ms 20.1", awesome monitors, never have seen any ghosting.
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Awesome, I might pick some up :D

    I heard that BenQ has horrible customer support though ( not that I would need it, I got techspot to help :D )
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    You shouldn't ever need tech support on an LCD anyway. Send it back to newegg if there is a dead pixel problem. But I have 2 of them and one of my friends from college bought 2 as well. Total Dead/Stuck Pixel Count on all 4 = 0
  7. Grafficks

    Grafficks TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 302

    Wow that is a sweeeeett dual-monitor setup! Dual 20.1" widescreens? Insaneee!! :grinthumb

    When I get two monitors, I will definately do a dual-monitor config like yours, where the second monitor is an extention.

    My reasoning for wanting dual-monitors is that my tiny 17" LCD screen @ 1280x1024 is small!! I then had the choices of a either larger monitor, or (to my surprise) another monitor.

    So I thought to myself, why get one fantastic 19" widescreen LCD monitor when I could get two crappy 17" LCD monitors? :D

    I started reading about how great extra workspace from a second monitor is like, and decided that's gonna be my choice.

    In addtion, the mere idea of multiple monitors is awesome (ie. Bruce Wayne's control panel in the Bat Cave!!). :haha:

    Thanks for your help! :)
  8. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    Yeah Grafficks, then you can get a Bat mobile and drive around your house then the Penguin guy ( forgot his name :haha: ) will come out and shoot you with his umbrella :haha:
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