How can I set up my notebook to work with my PC as a dual monitor setup?

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  1. trickdaddie

    trickdaddie Official Transmogrification Technician

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    I would like to setup dual monitors while i'm using my notebook at home... how hard/expensive is it to do? thanks.:wiggle:
     
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    do you have xp?

    plug a monitor in the back, go to monitor properties, choose the appropriate dual-monitor configuration.

    done.
     
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    If you want to connect two monitors to a single computer, that's easy as per 7960's instruction. If you want to connect two whole computers together, that's a hell of a lot harder and I don't know how to do it.

    Just clarifying that point.
     
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    Oh, ok.. so I could just get another flat panel and plug it into my notebook. For some reason I was thinking you had to use the two computers together. Cool, thanks!
     
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    to hook up two monitors to one PC you need two video cards (or one card with dual outputs). *Most* laptops have a video output on the back. *Most* of the time to run dual monitors on a laptop ( by dual I mean the built-in display on the laptop + an external monitor) all you have to do is

    a) have XP
    b) hook up a 2nd monitor to the output on the back
    c) right-click on the desktop and choose properties, then click the settings tab and choose how you want it to run. Depending on your laptop you *may* need to enable the 2nd video output on the back. Like with mine, if I plug in a 2nd monitor I have to hit Fn--> F5 to turn the port on. Yours may or may not require that, and if it does it may be different keys than Fn--> F5.

    You can make the laptop display the primary or secondary display, or you can have both monitors show the same thing (but I don't think that's what you want)...that's really all you're choosing.
     
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    Alright, cool. I didn't even think of doing that for some reason. I'll have to give it a try sometime next week when I have more time (ie.. it's not so nice outside and my streetbike isn't waiting for me to ride it :p )
     

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