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Dual Monitor Resolution

khainkhain Registered User regular
edited July 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
So I'm thinking about getting a second monitor and I can't seem to find any info about running the monitors at different resolutions. My main monitor is a 24" and runs at 1920x1200 and I was thinking of buying either a 17" or a 19" neither of which would run at that resolution. Is that fine and each monitor just runs at whatever resolution you want? Also are there any applications or anything, I'm a bit clueless here if anyone can point anything else out.

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  • embrikembrik Registered User
    edited July 2007
    Should be fine, as long as your video card is decent enough to handle it. I run a 24" @ 1920x1200 and a 17" @ 1280x1024. They're both hooked up via DVI cables to my nVidia 7900GT, and I have no problems at all.

    Edit: Your video card drivers should be able to handle the stuff with dual displays. I also use a program called UltraMon, which allows for extending the taskbar, easy setup of different wallpapers and screensavers per monitor, etc.

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  • IreneDAdlerIreneDAdler Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    Assuming you're running Windows, there's built-in support for multiple displays. After you plug in your second monitor (and install whatever necessary drivers), you just have to go into Display settings (one way is to right-click on your desktop and selection Properties) and go to the Setting tab, select the new monitor in the drop-down menu, and check the box "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor." The resolution of one has no bearing on the resolution of the other.

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  • kevbotkevbot Registered User
    edited July 2007
    You should be fine... I believe that older nVidia cards couldn't handle multiple monitors at different resolutions / refresh rates / colour depths, while almost any dual-head ATI card can. I run a 19" LCD at 1280x1024 (60Hz) along with a 20" widescreen at 1680x1050 (75Hz) without any problems on an X800XL.

    Also, as mentioned, Ultramon is awesome.

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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu ___________PIGEON _________San Diego, CA Registered User regular
    edited July 2007
    UltraMon is a very slick program for handling multiple monitors. My 1680x1050 screen is sitting next to my 1280x1024 screen right as we speak. Works fine.

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