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In The Trenches:Multiple Monitors in Windows 2000

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Nov 20, 2000


Deb Shinder

Rare is the time where I envy Win9x users. I usually consider users of Win9x as hopeless neophytes, misguided techno weenies, or game addicts that are impervious from being extricated from the blue screens and lock ups which are business as usual for Win9x.

'Rare is the time where I envy Win9x users. I usually consider users of Win9x as hopeless neophytes, misguided techno weenies, or game addicts that are impervious from being extricated from the blue screens and lock ups which are business as usual for Win9x...'

However, when Windows 98 came out, there was something I wanted very badly: Multiple Monitors. Windows 98 supported using multiple video cards in a single machine, which then would allow me to connect multiple monitors. Given that I usually have Internet Explorer, TechNet, Word and a terminal client window or two open, multiple monitors would reduce the constant minimizing and restoring that I would have to do.

And then it happened, Windows 2000! The new operating system takes the best of the Windows NT 4.0 and the Win9x world and brings together enhanced functionality. And in my case, they solved a major problem: Windows 2000 supports multiple monitors.

Getting multiple video cards to work properly in a single machine isn't a piece of cake. But when you do get them to work right, and you will, then life is great - and you can get more done a lot faster.

If you would like to read about the details of making multiple monitors work correctly, check out the Brainbuzz Bonus Article link below.Its well worth a read, especially since this is covered on the Win2k exams!

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