Split-Screen Computer

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Introduction: Split-Screen Computer

This is one of the simplest and cheapest (for free if you know where to go) things for your computer.

Basically, this creates an extended desktop to drag and drop other browsers or programs allowing you to do multiple things at once without clicking back and forth

especially helpful for doing things and watching youtube or a movie at the same time

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Step 1: Find a Monitor

You'll need a computer already with a monitor and then need to find a separate monitor.

in my case, my dad was throwing out perfectly good (very dated and huge) monitors that are basically obsolete compared to a high res flat screen of today.

Either find someone who's doing the same by throwing out a bunch of dated monitors

-Dumpster diving

- Or just buy a monitor (anything really, your preference)

Step 2: Setup

Setup your new (or old) monitor next to the monitor (or laptop in my case).

Wire the power cable to a plug and wire the video cable to the computer or laptop.

Try to setup the monitors almost touching, you'll understand in a minute

Step 3: Program the Monitor

Right-click and go to graphic properties

my computer had it's own program and i cannot promise you yours is the same. Anyways, go to graphic devices and you should see boxes and monitor settings. Find multiple display and check the box of extended desktop. In the drop down arrow select monitor.

Here is where your preference comes into play. Depending on which side you put the extended monitor you want to place the boxes ( you should see some boxes to the right with numbers in them) in the right places. Mess around with it until you get it right but for me, I have my new monitor on the left and therefore I placed in the the number 2 box to the left of the number 1 box.

The size of the box may be adjusted as well and that is your preference.

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    44 Discussions

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    frostybob
    frostybob

    8 years ago on Step 3

    What if u only have one screen jack and ur using a desktop

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    TyMan210
    TyMan210

    10 years ago on Step 3

     I might try this once I get a new monitor. Ubuntu has a very similar program.

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Dual screening is the future! However i am beyond this and often use a Tri-screen set up - i mite make an instructable on it! im awaiting my replacement 3rd screen, so would be a great oppurtunity!

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    Derin
    Derin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    When I secure my own source of money,I will do quad and pass you.

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    Derin
    Derin

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Dang..... I once tried to hook up both DVI and VGA to the same monitor.The screen fuzzed the image,the hue got messed up and I was like O.O

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    Weissensteinburg
    Weissensteinburg

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    At one of the University of Florida College of Journalism computers labs, each computer has dual monitors, there's one computer with four monitors that is only used to have a different news website on each monitor. It's ridiculous some of the stuff they've got.

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    If you max out the Apple Mac Pro, you can run like 8 x 30inch monitors off it! crazy! I only tend to use 3 when working, one for artwork, one for palletes, and one for the fun stuff (itunes/msn etc) Most the time i manage one, specially with spaces.

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    Weissensteinburg
    Weissensteinburg

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    They also had a mac with dual 30 inchers and while I was there, they had just gotten a new mac with a multiple terabyte HDD and hundreds of gigs of RAM.

    $10,000

    • They justified buying a wii just because of the world news feature (only used it for games)
    • 8 Giant plasma screen TVs each tuned into a different news station

    All of this in one room.
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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    yeah! u can max out the mac pro with like 32gb of ram! but mac os x can theoretically handle 4 terabytes of ram! just no hardware yet.

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    Weissensteinburg
    Weissensteinburg

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    The real kicker is that when they found out the computer wouldn't do what they bought it for. They just said, "Oh well."

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    awkrin
    awkrin

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    so in university of florida, there's no one that can make better deals than that?????

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    awkrin
    awkrin

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    and where's all of that?

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    gmjhowe
    gmjhowe

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    i will write it up then! if only just for you. I will point out that u dont need a fancy graphics card. but it does need to be a mac!