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    Windows 7 and using 3 monitors...

    Is it true that I can use 3 monitors with Windows 7? Will I need any special Video Card to support/process this or is it built in windows 7 software? I was a Mainframe Technician back in the day when a Gigabyte of info was all the mainframes held. Digital Equipment PDP 1155-1170 days and then the Vax 11 780, Sperry Univac UYK Computers... THen a Degree in MicroComputer Maintenance in 1997...since then I've been a User of Win 95 and XP. I know nothing about 7 at all.
    Kansas

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    Windows 7 does support multiple monitors. You do need a display adapter that has a connection for the monitor (most support two these days) or a DisplayLink compatible monitor. My setup is currently made up of an NVidia GeForce GTX 275 display adapter hooked up to a Dell 3007WFP, a ViewSonic VP201B, and a Mimo 710 (DisplayLink/USB) monitors. Works great.

    David

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey Angell View Post
    Is it true that I can use 3 monitors with Windows 7?
    Can I ask a silly question? Why? :-)
    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey Angell View Post
    I was a Mainframe Technician back in the day when a Gigabyte of info was all the mainframes held. Digital Equipment PDP 1155-1170 days and then the Vax 11 780, Sperry Univac UYK Computers...
    gigabyte? Ha! I go back to IBM 360 with 64k - 64k on a mainframe :-)

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    Nova

    Okay how about NOVA Mainframe with 16K memory board? Yes the board was horizontal and warped really bad with time. It didn't help that the boards were like 12" deep and 16" wide. The slid into the nylon slots and we had to use Isopropyl alcohol on the gold connectors and we eventually had to take and put a front edge piece of aluminum one eighth by one quarter inch and rivit it into place on the board to keep them from flexing.

    On my own home computer I never had the Sinclair model but I did have 3 Commodore 64's till the Commodore 128 came out. Then the awesome Commodore Business Machines 8088 with Bios (tm) that had them in court because the term Bios was a trademark infringement against IBM.
    I loved the old equipemnt My CBM PC 10-2 had not the 520 but the 640 memory in it! No time card on the mother board you had to purchase a clock board seperate. Ah, The Old days. It didn't have a hard drive but a 10K(?) then shortly after that a 20 and 30 version was out.

    I was fortunate enough to get the greatest training in the world with the LINK SYSTEMS Crew from Digital Equipment Corporation. The Mainframes that went to space were the same PDP 11-55's that I learned Machine code on before they taught us Basic. I knew more about Stacks and Registers than I did about Basic forst...How awesome the days of computers were! Our Simulator for Gas Turbine Propulsion Systems on the Spruance Class Destroyers were for Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, R.I. We had the PDP 11-70 the predecessor to the VAX 11 780 computers for our FFG-7 Knox Class Frigates. It was fun learning the computers and at the same time learning the entire engine room. Our simulators were the same Consoles used onboard ships so it was quite extensive training for some crews and we mostly had Prospective Commanding Officer and Executive Officers in the classes. OF course my job did not include any teaching as that ws reserved for the Gas Turbine Specialists. I had the distinct Privelidge to be the afternoon crew. so we were the ones to do all the Preventive Maintenance and testing of the Entire room of equipment. The best part about my job (TD2/E5) was that the Chief (TDC) and both TD1 (E6) were on days! That made my afternoons and evenings perfect for testing and doing maintenance. When a real problem came up they would call on us to come in and we could usually solve an issue in less than 30 minutes.

    You want a funny? One evening I finally took off early everythign was done except cleaning, and the main switch on the 55 wouldn't turn no matter what they tried. They came out to Red Lobster (Before cell phones) and I had to excuse myself. I did a complete shutdown of all systems and then the computer was the only thing stopped but still on so I went to the Circuit Breaker box and shut it down. Yeah, I was there the next morning. Everythig was porperly logged and I even had the part number for the switch lined up. Our DEC Engineer just jumped on the phone and had a new on in the mail.

    It's great to chat with some guys my age or at least know about the computers that I grew up with.

    I should say that my first computer system I ever played with had wooden beads, base 10 system, and I think we called it.....wait for it.......
    an abacus!

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    any video card now days runs 2 monitors, to add a 3rd get a usb to vga adapter which works as another video output. add multiple adapters for endless monitors
    C4 incomplete since 1985

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    007, I understand cause we use a card to send video to a projector and one for a screen. monitor but I understand that the new Windows 7 is setup already to utilize 3 screens...? Right? Seen it running on TV with 3 screens on sevearal programs and thought it looked great to be doing more and to keep more stuff where you can still see it and compare. I know that sometimes I am trying to compare Slot Car Motors, or 3 different cities annual temperatures and making my screen setup right now I have to minimize to a partial size all 3 to compare them...using the Windows 7 I could go full screen adn see all 3 in full screen mode...right?

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    it is still a hardware thing. You can do four monitors on XP if you wanted. The adapters that 007 recommended are just a workaround to only having two video outputs on your video card. Hardware

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    There are even DVI splitters that can allow 2 monitors to plug into a single DVI port on the back of your computer. Then you could use the VGA port for a third monitor.

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    Lindsey,

    I run 4 monitors, you need to build a machine with two dual head graphics cards. A quick look at newegg:

    Motherboard:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128423

    Two of these:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130378

    Then power supply, memory, disk, case, blue ray and you are set

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindsey Angell View Post
    007, I understand cause we use a card to send video to a projector and one for a screen. monitor but I understand that the new Windows 7 is setup already to utilize 3 screens...? Right? Seen it running on TV with 3 screens on sevearal programs and thought it looked great to be doing more and to keep more stuff where you can still see it and compare. I know that sometimes I am trying to compare Slot Car Motors, or 3 different cities annual temperatures and making my screen setup right now I have to minimize to a partial size all 3 to compare them...using the Windows 7 I could go full screen adn see all 3 in full screen mode...right?
    Yes that's correct, you can setup the other 2 for Extended Desktop, because I tried it on mine with XP & Win7

    Quote Originally Posted by crazyskiier83 View Post
    There are even DVI splitters that can allow 2 monitors to plug into a single DVI port on the back of your computer. Then you could use the VGA port for a third monitor.
    With a DVI splitter you get the same screen on both monitors, Lindsey was wanting to use all 3 as 1 monitor.
    C4 incomplete since 1985

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