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Multiple Monitors In Windows 2000 

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Multiple monitor support was first introduced in Windows 98. Windows 2000 also includes this feature and supports up to 10 adapters simultaneously. So what's the point? I do a lot of designing, network monitoring and generally have about 10 to 15 windows open at all times. Having multiple monitors reduces the need to maximize and minimize windows, scroll horizontally across documents that do not fit on a single screen and basically increases the size of your desktop.

Before you start
First, you will obviously need more than 1 monitor and you will also need a graphics card for each. The adapters must be AGP or PCI. Check the Windows 2000 Hardware Compatibility List (HCL.txt) on the Windows 2000 CD-ROM (not the one posted on the Microsoft website) for a list of display adapters that may work with multiple monitors.

Installation and Configuration
Install your primary display adapter in PCI slot 0 or 1 and make sure that it is working correctly before proceeding. For more information, consult your motherboard manual. Be careful as your plugging in your monitor cables not to damage the pins.

Click Start>Settings>Control Panel and then double-click the Display applet. On the Settings tab, confirm that your display adapter is listed correctly and the color depth is at least 256 colors.

After the first monitor is working, shut down the computer and put in the other graphics card and turn the computer back on. Each of the additional adapters must have the option to disable VGA. PnP should detect the second adapter and install the appropriate drivers. Consult the manufacturer or the documentation that came with the adapter for more information.

The desktop should only be showing on your primary monitor. Right-click on your desktop, and select Properties. On the Settings tab, two monitor icons are displayed. Click the new monitor and then click Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor as shown below.

Repeat these steps for additional monitors. Once you have your monitors installed, Windows 2000 will allow you to drag the monitors to resemble the physical configuration that you have created which allows you to manage your monitors more easily. The image below shows an example of this.

Well, that is pretty much all there is to it, unless you have problems. Use the resources below for further information.

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How to Set Up and Troubleshoot Multiple Monitors by Microsoft

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