My Dual Monitor Setup

Greetings webizen, I tried hard to get back to my blogging schedule but my laziness got the better of me. I am back truly with a new batch of posts which I will publish over the next few days.

Recently, I went to Veveo’s main office near Boston, USA and had the privilege of experiencing a finger freezing winter! (Not to mention a three day power-cut which I spent under multiple layers of blankets).

A few weeks before I was going to return to India, I started shopping. One of things I bought was a Refurbished NVidia GeForce 9800 GTX+ by EVGA. It was the best deal I could find on NewEgg in terms of value for money. I bought it primarily to have a betterr experience when flying over Paris … in Google Earth.

This is the first graphics card I bought ever and was very excited when I received it. I was surprised to see how big graphics cards have become nowadays (compared to S3 cards of the decade gone past). While oggling at the card I noticed that it had two video outputs. I had heard of dual-head setups but always considered them a distant reality considering my cash-strappedness as a college student. This sparked off more info

an urge to finally setup my own Dual monitor setup back in Bangalore.

I got back to India and promptly headed to SP Road in Bangalore. After some asking around, I figured that the best choice at the moment was two Samsung SyncMaster 2233SW’s each capable of 1920×1080 (Yes, HD). I bought both for about 22,000 Rupees (about USD 420).

I set them up in Linux and upgraded to the latest (at the time) Nvidia drivers (180.x). I spent a few hours trying to hide a satisfied smile lest people thing I had gone nuts.

Dual monitors give you more screen space to work with. They will help you reduce Window-Switching and Workspace-Switching which does save time as I have observed. Now that I have experience the dual-head setup, I am never going back to using a single monitor. It is painful ;) So much did I feel this that I bought a low-end Nvidia GeForce card (7200) with dual-head support and stuck it into my computer at work :)

If you do not already have a dual-head setup, definitely consider an upgrade. You are worth it:)


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6 Comments

  1. Bhavesh

    I worked with Dual Monitors at my Client’s in Toronto. Happyily stuck with Laptop in its dock station and turned on my monitor and voila it was fun.
    For someone who these days ONLY works on Excel and Project Reports – ( Havent coded in 3 months ) I would love to have this set up @ work. Rather than doing Alt Tab to compare data between 2 sheets, 2 screens would make me do a 60 min task in 15 min.. but then who says my employer listens to me?

    I agree – if someone has a choice, go grab it!

    Bhavesh

    Posted April 22, 2009 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  2. Sriram

    Even with single output, you could use a splitter to push dual monitors.

    Posted April 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Bhavesh, If you ask me, I’d say we all should form a union and fight against our employer’s to provide us the means and rights to dual monitor work environments :)

    Sriram,
    I am confused. Are you saying that the splitter will take a high resolution output from a graphics card as input and then proceed to split that into two pieces before pushing the split signals as input to the monitor?

    Posted April 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  4. Bhavesh

    Anything that sounds like a revolt I am game! Count me in in the revolution..

    Posted April 22, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Permalink
  5. raj kambli

    I am planning a new system with 8 screen setup, with following configuration:
    Asus/Msi 790 fx chipset
    Amd phenom quad core
    ATI RADEON 3450 card with 512 mb memory
    4 gb ddr3 ram
    This is my first multi screen setup.Would appreciate any suggestion/comment.Kindly help.

    Posted July 6, 2009 at 8:20 pm | Permalink
  6. I totally agree with you. I had the opportunity of working of a dual screen set up at my internship. Not only does it make the task at hand easy (especially if you have the tendency of working with dozen windows at a time) but also makes it easy to work in one screen and watch some hot video on the other ;)

    Posted October 30, 2009 at 10:57 am | Permalink