I have always wanted to run dual monitors at home because of the efficiency I believe it gives me when I work on my computer. Two monitors allow me to have a larger work area to work with and I do not need to switch between applications that are hiding behind each other. With two monitors I am able to place documents side by side. In my case I put Notepad++ in one monitor and I have Firefox running in the other monitor so I can see how my work is progressing a little quicker.
I was able to convince my employer to purchase a second monitor for me at work saying that I would increase my productivity and efficiency because it would be easier for me to display more of my work. At work I have two Samsung 740N’s (17” LCDs) which give me a combined resolution of 2560×1024. The nice thing about this is I can have two full pages side by side, one in each monitor.
Now at home I have had a Samsung 941BW (19” widescreen LCD) which I have grown quite attached to and at the time I never had the money for a second one, until now.
I was looking at eBay one day to see if I could find an identical Samsung so that I could run dual monitors at home. Unfortunately on eBay people are selling them for the price of $200 to $300 and I was not willing to pay that much for a monitor that came out during Christmas of 2006. So where could I look that might possibly have the monitor that I need to have dual monitors? Craigslist!
A quick check through vancouver.craigslist.org and I find a couple of Samsung 941BW monitors but they seem to be bundled with computer systems. No one would split the monitor away from their computers but I did manage to find someone selling a Samsung 940BW.
Are these monitors different? According to Samsung they are identical in every aspect. They have the same resolutions, same connections, same refresh etc. I could not find a difference. It could be one is an American version and the other is a Canadian version, or that the 941BW was a manufacturing upgrade from the 940BW. So far I cannot see why they differ.
After I picked up the monitor last night and got it home to set it up I couldn’t get the second monitor working with my eVGA 7600 GT video card the way I wanted it to. I want a dual monitor setup that allows me to independently change the resolutions of the monitor. I want 1440×900 for each monitor, but the nVidia drivers I had at the time would only let me run the two monitors as a single entity which gave me a monster 2880×900 resolution (as shown above)!
A quick download from nVidia’s support site (and talking to Stephen) I loaded the newest ForceWare driver and that allowed me to set the resolution of both monitors, but with a catch.
It seems that even though the two monitors are set for 1440×900 they are not displaying it properly. When I move the mouse to the edge of either monitor it scrolls horizontally for a little bit. So the 1440×900 resolution that used to work for on monitor is not correctly working for two monitors. I posted a thread on the nVidia Support Forums and was told to try and ‘Auto Adjust’ the two displays and that should fix it. I could of sworn I tried that before I went to be last night and because I am running both monitors via the DVI cables it said it could not ‘Auto Adjust’ the screens.
I guess I’ll just wait and see what happens. If anyone out there might have an idea why the native 1440×900 will not display correctly on my dual monitors I am willing to give anything a shot.
Now I do know the pictures are not the best since I have to work with not-so-good lighting so if anyone has any tips on how to get nicer looking photos of my setup I am willing to try. I was using a Canon EOS 350D while trying to defuse the on-board flash.
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