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Can 1 LCD go split screen and be a dual monitor?

by driscoll22 / March 9, 2009 6:42 AM PDT

I am considering buying 2 22" monitors to do a dual screen set up. I have heard that it may be possible to have one big LCD, say a 40" and make it work like a dual monitor? Could someone help me find out if this is true?

It would be nice to just have the one monitor and plit it when needed and then use the full picture when you dont need split screen.

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That's a function of the monitor
by Dan Filice / March 10, 2009 5:01 AM PDT

At last year's NAB convention I saw a Toshiba monitor that had 4 inputs and each one could be displayed in a quadrant of the monitor, and each had a resolution of 1980X1080 (which meant the monitor had 4 times this resolution). But this was a broadcast monitor and it was made so each input could be shown as full-screen or 1/4-screen. Most consumer level TVs and monitors don't do this, but it could be done at a cost.

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LCD Split Screen
by driscoll22 / March 10, 2009 6:17 AM PDT

Do you know of any LCD TV's right now that just can split two ways and that are already made for that? How you made it sound is that you have to request it be made that way with the 4 screen function. Just a 2 screen function would be good for what i need.

Thanks for the reply.

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Check the MFG's websites
by Dan Filice / March 10, 2009 6:41 AM PDT
In reply to: LCD Split Screen

You can't request a TV to be made this way, but each company most likely makes these for their industrial applications. Check each companies website, like Panasonic, Sony, Samung and Toshiba, then check in their industrial or broadcast application areas, not the consumer areas. These type of monitors won't be cheap. I saw a 15" monitor made by Marshall Electronics that had a built-in quad splitter to get 4 images on the single screen, and it was $2300.00. You may be able to find a stand-alone signal splitter that then connects to a single input. Don't know, I've never done this before.

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I think the first requirement for tv to have split screen..
by ahtoi / March 11, 2009 5:51 AM PDT
In reply to: LCD Split Screen

will require the tv to be PIP ready, then the necessary software and/or hardware (video card) that support such.

Unless space is a problem, I probably would go with two monitors instead; probably cheaper.

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What your reason for the split screen?
by ahtoi / March 11, 2009 6:02 AM PDT

What you intend to do with it. 3 things comes to mind; multitasking, multiple desktop, and extending of desktop.

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by driscoll22 / March 11, 2009 6:55 AM PDT

I intend to multi task. Pull spreadsheets over on one screen and than analyze and work on the other screen.

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Split-screen vs 2 monitors
by Dan Filice / March 11, 2009 8:40 AM PDT
In reply to: multi

Most people who want to do this typically setup two monitors side-by-side, then the mouse cursor simply goes from one monitor to the other and each monitor is dedicated to one application. I don't know about your applications, but typically one monitor is needed to display each application in a large enough format to be useful, and two monitors typically allow for this.

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It's also a function . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 11, 2009 12:06 AM PDT

of higher end video cards. Investigate that route.

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I dont
by driscoll22 / March 11, 2009 12:26 AM PDT

I dont quiet follow you? Could you explain a little more?

Thanks for the help.

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Some higher end . . .
by Coryphaeus / March 11, 2009 3:03 AM PDT
In reply to: I dont

video card have the ability to show two screens on one monitor. I've seen them but can't seem to find one now.

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