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One PC, two monitors, two programs

By Sernomicus
Oct 23, 2008
  1. I just moved out from my parents house, and I'm trying to set myself up comfortable. To conserve a bit of space, and for convinience I'd like to hook up another monitor for TV mainly, which could then be consta-showing tv (mediacenter) while the other monitor is showing whatever it is I'm doing on my PC.

    I'm not very advanced with computers, so I'd like to know if it's possible to hook up two monitors on one PC and have them display two different programs, mainly TV broadcast off of the mediacenter on the other, and everything else on the other i.e normal desktop work, games etc.

    Also, if this is doable, what would I need exactly to make this happen, software, wiring and hardware wise?

    it's cable tv, if that matters.
  2. kwspony

    kwspony TS Booster Posts: 121

    if you want to hook cable TV to your PC you will need a TV tuner card of some sort. If your video card has 2 connections on it you can hook 2 monitor up to it as well and use the extended desktop features in Windows.
  3. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 10,880   +903

    The setup is called Dual Monitors.

    Once running, you DRAG an existing window into the monitor of your choice.

    So on the computer monitor you see one or more windows, and on the other
    will be the program display of your choice.

    The BIG issue will be that both monitors will need to run at the same resolution
    and TV resolution stinks for your computer display.
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