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Extended desktop

by ComputerWiz / September 18, 2004 8:19 AM PDT

I'm going to be running two monitors on one computer ( they will be in seperate rooms). I was wondering if its possible to be running two keyboards and two mice (one set on the ps/2 ports and the other on usb ports) to control each screen independately. I want to be able to be running two applications at the same time; one on each monitor. Will I need extra sofware/hardware?

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Re: Extended desktop
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2004 10:05 AM PDT
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A long time ago, ALLOY made such a card you put in the PC to accomplish this.

Today it's ancient history since a PC is cheaper than what you are asking Windows to do.

BUT if you want to try an old ASCII TERMINAL on some SERIAL PORT, just load Linux and attach TERMINALS on serial ports and log on.

I will not respond to more pleas to get such working... because it's dead tech.


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Re: Extended desktop
by cgsmithjr / September 18, 2004 12:45 PM PDT
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Most video cards today support the extended desktop feature. I'm not sure about the separate keyboard setup as it may cause issues when input is being entered from both keyboards simultaneously.


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Re: Extended desktop
by billzhills / September 19, 2004 2:40 AM PDT
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Todays systems will not reconize what you are attempting to do. Two monitors will give you the ability to have two applications visible but you can only work in one of the application at a time. (I run 3 monitors)

Unless you pick up a Jetway

Then you have to worry about cable length.

Bill .

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