several video card mfg's offer dual monitor support. I think that is the only way to get more then one monitor. If I am not mistaken if you have 2 cards you have to choose between the two, one at a time. If you get a dual monitor card the OS doesn't realy care that you have two, it only sees the one card.
Metzger : you've got it all messed up. When I used win98 I had three monitors connected to my system. One Voodoo3 AGP and two S3Virge PCI cards. When using a multi-monitor configuration you are usually increasing the desktop size (which is what I did).
Meaning, you can drag a window from one screen onto the next. I used my main 17" for games and surfing, one 14" for mIRC, and the last 14" for Winamp, motherboard monitor and more. I think I have a pic of that somewhere, but I don't have access to it right now.
I haven't been able to get a multi-monitor configuration going in Win2k yet though.
If you are starting fresh and want to get into the Multi-Display experience do it the right way. Get a Matrox G450 DualHead video card for $115 retail (32MB AGP DDR) or if you can wait for better drivers to emerge and want a slightly better gaming experience go for the NVidia GeForceMX TwinView cards (32MB AGP SDR/DDR) for ~$120 retail.
I've found that spanning two cards (AGP + PCI/PCI + PCI) and using Win98 (for e.g.) for support doesn't give as good a multi-display experience as a good dual-head card. Of course juz MHO. Your results may vary. Business apps and browsing is where multi-display systems shine.
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S_Klass : my multi-monitor setup was a $0 solution as I already had a bunch of old gfx cards I didn't know what to do with, and a couple of old small monitors. I don't know how old the 4mb S3Virge/GX is now, but didn't complain about the performance
But yeah, if you're gonna run Multi-Monitor from day one and you'll be using it for desktop work - go for a Matrox solution. I'm not completely convinced by the 2D quality of some of the Nvidia boards out there (or maybe I just love my V3 a little too much
if i have multi-moniters and i open a game like half life, will it only go to one moniter? how does it know whitch one to go to? can i still do stuff on the other desktop at the same time? if so, how would the mouse controll change from the game to the other screen? or is there a way to minimize the game to free up the mouse, but still be able to see the game screen?
I type slow and spell everything wrong.
...glad we've got that outta the way!