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Dual Head video on my pc...

Discussion in 'Recording' started by geeknik, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. geeknik

    geeknik Guest

    I just got a BFG Geforce 5600 with 256mb of ram for my DAW. I am wanting to run 2 monitors but have never set one up. Can someone give me a little more information on how this works and how I need to go about setting it up. I have the DVI-VGA adapter as well. My assumption is that I can just plug in 2 monitors and set it up in the Nvidia control panel. Any info would help.

    Thanks in advance

    SONICA-X Guest


    1. right click on the "desktop"

    2. click on "Properties"

    3. Click on "Settings"

    4. Click on "Monitor number 2"

    5. Select "Extend my desktop onto this monitor"

    6. You are done.

    PS: On most nVidia chipsets the second monitor must be connected when performing this operation.

    My best,

    Guy Cefalu
    Sonica Audio Labs
  3. roguescout

    roguescout Guest

    And to go a little further...

    If you go into the Nvidia settings (either by right clicking on the desktop and selecting nView properties or by clicking on the Advanced button on the Windows Display Properties settings window and then clicking on the tab with your card's name on it) you can activate and adjust all of nVidia's nView features for dual monitors (wallpapers, dual mode type etc etc...).

    Just remember to activate the desktop management feature.
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    This may be a "No DUH!" statement too, but:

    In the properties window, once you activate both monitors, you'll see a pretty picture of two monitors, one with a "1" on it and one with a "2" on it. If you happen to have your monitors side-by-side, you're probably gonna leave the picture alone. But, in my case for example, I have the 2 monitors juxtaposed vertically so that monitor 1 is above monitor 2.

    In this case, you can drag the picture of monitor 2 below (or any where for that matter) monitor one which will help when you move your mouse from one monitor to the next. If you don't move the picture as I indicated in the example above, you would have to move your mouse to the right of screen 1 to get to screen 2 even though screen 2 is below screen 1. In other words, it can be confusing unless you change this setting.

    Did I confuse you enough??

    J. :-?
  5. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Also elaborating:

    This is probably simular to ATI's Hydravision (what I use). If you don't use this extra feature, a single application will not be "Maximizable" to both displays (Clicking on "Maximize" will ONLY maximize to the current display, leaving the other display viewing the desktop).

    If you want to run 1 application across both monitors (as I do sometimes with Nuendo), then I believe you will need the "nView" or "Hydravision" type feature in addition to the standard Windows "Extended Desktop" functions. ATI's version of this adds another button to the upper right corner of the application window (Where Minimize, Close, and Maximize are located), and allows stretching the application across both monitors. Then, you can have specific windows within the application (Mixer, Waveforms, Plug-ins, etc) on either monitor (or both).

  6. _NW_CHAOS_

    _NW_CHAOS_ Guest

    Another program (that just added 64bit support, yeehaw!) - UltraMon...

    "UltraMon is a utility for multi-monitor systems, designed to increase productivity and unlock the full potential of multiple monitors. Efficiently move windows, manage more applications with the Smart Taskbar, and control application positioning. You can also use a different wallpaper and screensaver on each monitor.
    Version 2.6.23 adds support for 64-bit Windows x64 and for deployment via group policy software installation."

    I use this on my laptop, works great (although it is a little resource unfriendly, not too bad, but, a little). There are a few other third party vendors out there providing multiple monitor spanning options.

    Dave (constant reader)

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