Dual Monitors

I was having some trouble at first, but now I have two monitors setup on my computer. If you don’t have a video card that supports two monitors, (ie. has two places to plug them in) then the first thing you need to do in order to get them working is to install a second video card. Originally I was using an onboard NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 video chipset. I installed a Cirrus Logic 5446 Compatible Graphics Adapter but couldn’t get it to work. I searched the net but didn’t have much luck finding the answer. It turns out the key to getting both monitors working is to change the BIOS / CMOS settings to look for your video card first, instead of just using the onboard video. It took me a couple of trys to find the setting that I needed.

I now have two monitors working and it’s great. It’s particularly handy to do New Media work having one monitor for tutorials and another to follow along with.

I hope this explanation of what I did helps someone else who is trying to do the same thing.

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