The following article was prepared by Mike Taylor, C.P.M., for distribution to ISM affiliate newsletters

Dual Monitors -?
May 2008

Do you use two monitors connected to your computer at the office? I know… it's not something I thought I'd want to do until about 5 minutes after I tried it. Now I would never want to go back to just one monitor. Let me clarify why.

I think you can see my point. Once you expand your online desktop, I suspect you won't look back. Now that digital monitors are dropping in price, it's not too hard nor too expensive. Here's some advice about purchasing a dual video card I provided to a friend recently. answer to your question about using dual monitors on your PC at home.

Here is an example of a video card which supports dual monitors ( it's only an example - not a recommendation)

Look way at the bottom in the specifications and see it says that it supports multiple monitors.

Some new PCs might already have cards which support multiple monitors - but check the specs on the card before trying it. Some cards have one analog connector and one digital connector so you can use either type of monitor- but not both at the same time.

If you are going to replace the video card that came with your PC, you can do it , but you have several questions to consider before buying a video card:

1- Does it need it to be Windows VISTA compatible? Not all cards are compatible with VISTA. The new PC may be running windows VISTA and/or you may end up upgrading to VISTA in the near future

2- Does the PC use PCI, PCI Express or AGP connections for cards? The way it connects to the motherboard They are NOT interchangeable. Some PCs have several connections of two different types, but may already be using them for something else like a network card or sound card. Find out what slots are available in the PC and/or what type the current video card is that you are replacing.

3- Are you going to get Digital Output or Analog Output? Most new monitors are digital, most old ones are analog.

Mike Taylor

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