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    Dual Monitors

    Hello,
    I'm currently using my older laptop and a new 19" wide screen monitor together.
    I looking to get a new desktop for Christmas.
    What I need to hook up a second monitor on the desk top? Ballpark what would it cost?

    Thanks,

    JohnSo

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    Re: Dual Monitors

    Many modern PCs already include two monitor connections. If yours doesn't then the easiest thing to do is probably to replace your graphics card with one that supports dual monitors.

    What graphics card do you have in your desktop PC at the moment?

    StuartR

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    Re: Dual Monitors

    I'm thinking Santa might bring it around Christmas. I'll be looking at the sales around here in the next couple of weeks.
    I'll look for one that will support two monitors.

    Thanks for the reply.

    JohnSo

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    Re: Dual Monitors

    >I looking to get a new desktop for Christmas.
    Resisting the urge to ask about type of wood ...

    Have you considered using a single monitor/keyboard/mouse?

    I run to computers on my desktop - one ios my main machine, the LapTop, while the second is a music/image processing Big Beige Box.

    Both machines are connect to a single monitor through a "Y" junction known sometimes as a "KVM switch" (KVM=Keyboard/Video/Monitor")
    The switch is passive and draws no power.
    When I want to switch machines, I type Scroll-Scroll-UpArrow and am then typing (same keyboard, mouse, monitor) on the other machine.
    Scroll-Scroll-Up switches me back to the original machine.

    I don't have to change my already-lousy keyboard habits, I don't have to worry about which-mouse-is-which, and perhaps best of all, I have a few extra acres of desktop space.

    My KVM switch is perhaps the best productivity device I've purchased in the past five years.
    In the photo you can see the keyboard/monitor I am using. I've had to tug the laptop out of its corner to reveal the KVM switch. You can see the monitor cable coming in from the right, the kbd & mouse coming in from the top, and off to the left exit the two sets of cables that hook up to three two separate computers.
    It's all very small and tidy.
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