How to Dual Monitor on a Computer

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This instructible shows you how to use two monitors one computer

Step 1: Plug in Monitor Power and Vga

Plug in the power and vga cables from the monitor

Step 2: Power on the Computer

Make sure that all the cables are connected correctly before turning on the computer.

Step 3: Settings

Select the right resolution, and witch monitor you want to be the primary monitor.

Step 4: There It Is!

there you have it, two monitors, one computer

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    iramey

    5 years ago on Step 4

    Could you explain what equipment is needed to do this? I know it's more then a simple VGA chord. Thank you for the setup for the software, but what hardware is needed?

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    didgitalpunk

    7 years ago on Step 4

    do your monitors show the same thing? if so, i really really do not see the point of this.

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    arthur3197

    7 years ago on Introduction

    K, here's the deal... I really really need to have a 2nd screen next to my first... I've been wanting to purchase a new PC with the whole thing ready to go, but money it tight, so here's my question: I understand the OS side other things, and setting up the routing/desktop extension. My problem is, there is only one standard VGA monitor out port on my older Dell desktop. I see above about the DVI, but I don't have a port like that on my PC, so wondering if I can convert from either a serial port, or USB, or something to create the 2nd output? I know this: it has the original graphics card still, is that my problem? Can I only use dual monitors if I buy a different graphics card? Any help would be awesome! If you want me to take pic of the rear of the PC, let me know. Thanks so much

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    nkelly777tinker234

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Actually there is the newer ati cards do but if you have one with only 2 you can make it three with the onboard graphics port

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    MCzone

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Dog I have the same speakers ($20)
    recommended logtiech

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    nkelly777tinker234

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Well you would probably need a graphics card with 3 display ports (rare)
    or 2 graphics card

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    subzero22

    8 years ago on Introduction

    ya I have 2 monitors also. One is vga and the other is dvi. Also for those of you that want to have a seperate background for each screen I use WindowBlinds. It works great as it has a seperate task bar below for each screen and only what's on that screen. So like if I have my browser on my second screen it will only be on the task bar for that screen.

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