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How do I conncet 2 monitors to one desktop running win98, I know I need 2 video cards, but what about software and boot up problems, and anything esle I am not aware of. Can anyone completey explain?
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There is no problem in running with a second monitor with Win98. Np special software is needed, and all you need is a second PCI/AGP video adapter (there can also be a single adapter, but that supports multiple monitors, some aome ATI video cards do).

One of the monitors is setup as the primary monitor, and the other is the secondary monitor. Boot information and the like is shown on the primary monitor.

Some applications are specially designed to take advantage of a second monitor, but most aren't. In that case, you just treat the second monitor as an extension of your desktop area. You can drag windows and other stuff to it and the like. You can even have an application run with half window on one monitor and the other half on the other monitor. Think of having two monitors as having a real horizontally big desktop area.

Having a second monitor is specially confortable, however, to some scenarios:
- YOu are a software developer: you can have your code on one monitor and the application (like a Form Designer) on the other, which you use to run the app while debug it on the first monitor;
- You work with 3D software: you can can work with the wireframe object on one monitor while having the rendered object (plus background scenarios) on the other;
- etcetera;

There are no boot up problems, if both adapters are PCI. The one with the lowest PCI slot order will be the primary adapter. In PCI + AGP configs, the AGP is generally the primary adapter. Example: you have a Diamond adapter on PCI slot 2 and an ATI on PCI slot 4. The Diamond adapter will be the primary card and boot information will be sent to it.

As I said, no other software, other than Win98 (I advise Win98 SE) is necessary.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Yours,

Alex
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Thanks simonet.
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