for your Thanksgiving football watching -- make sure to check page 5 to add an HDTV card to your computer (NOTE THAT UNLKE THE DVD MOVIES, the TV broadcast will only show on one screen -- this is due to the way WindowsXP displays video).
finally found a way to get movies to play in Windows XP Pro across multiple monitors; tried spanning (does not work when monitors are rotated); tried UltraMon, does not work; tried dualhead2go and triplehead2go but does not work when monitors are rotated.
here's how to set up a 41 inch (3,150 x 1,680) LCD panel (higher than standard LCD HDTVs at 1920x1080 or 1366x768) for gaming, watching movies, or just being more productive ;-)
(pictured, Casino Royale trailer, playing in Quicktime Player)
Step 1: Buy components
$169.00 --- FOUR BenQ 20.1 inch LCD panels (1,680x1,050 each)
in case you don't have the video cards
$32.99 -- ASUS GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16
in case you don't have the wireless desktop
$44.99 --- Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop
in case your motherboard does not have TWO 16x PCI-Express slots, I recommend the following
for the latest AMD processors (socket AM2)
for the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors (socket LGA775)
I buy all my hardware from Newegg...
Step 2: Plug in monitors, rotate them
see that all three screens are detected and on
select each one, click next image to see how to rotate them properly to portrait
Step 3: Rotate each screen in Display Properties (in this example NVRotate)
Step 4: Turn DOWN the brightness and contrast
brightness = 40%
contrast = 50%
and the screens were still really saturated and bright