Dual monitor setup
Wow, I can't believe the solutions here.
The 85Hz monitor will still work at 60Hz. You don't have to use it at 85Hz. The difference between 85Hz and 60Hz is minimal. So, it will not make any difference which one you use for the primary monitor. However, Windows should configure it correctly for you.
My recommendation is that you use the monitor with the best resolution for your primary monitor (1920 x 1080 or 1080p) and use the lower res monitor for your secondary monitor. However, if you are a gamer, you might want to consider that you will likely get slower frame rates if you use the higher resolution monitor for gaming.
Connecting: You need two video connectors on your computer. They will most likely be one of the following three: VGA (also known as DSub), DVI or HDMI. Some computers will have all three, and some will have only one.
If you have only one: If it's a laptop, you'll have to get a USB to video adapter that matches your monitor connector. This is not the best way to connect a monitor and personally I wouldn't bother.
If it's a desktop, you need to purchase a video card with more than one monitor connector. Almost all cards have this now, so they are available anywhere from about $50 to over $500 depending on how much you want to spend.
If your computer has two monitor ports, just plug them in. If both monitor cables are the same, you may need an adapter. For example, if both monitors only have a VGA connector, you will need to get hold of a VGA to DVI adapter so you can plug both monitors into your computer. If you're unsure of what connector is cal what, just Google it and you should see some pictures. Eg: Google VGA connector picture, or DVI connector picture.
Once you have them plugged into your computer, if you're running Windows 7 it should automatically detect the monitors and display the correct images. You can right click anywhere on the desktop, and select "resolution", then see pictures of both monitors. From here you can change which monitor is the primary.
You can enable or disable the monitors by using [Windows Key] P.
If you are using Windows XP, right click on the desktop, select the rightmost tab, right click on the picture of the extra monitor and enable it, and them set it to the correct resolution using the slider if it's not already set correctly. Check the box to extend your desktop onto this monitor. Drag it to the side of your primary monitor you want it on and click on "Apply". The monitor should power up (if you have turned it on) and display an extension of your desktop.
If you're confused, try joining an enthusiast site like ocn (overclock.net) and asking for help in one of the threads. I am a member there and you can PM me as Mergatroid.
Oct 09, 2012 |