Multiple monitor feature on IBM notebooks

thommy031498 used Ask the Experts™
Dear All,

In our company we now want to use IBM notebooks instead of the Desktop Workstations.
However, we also want to continue using the multiple monitor feature of Windows2000.
Does anyone have the experience of how to achieve this on an IBM notebook?
The best solution would be if the LCD of the Notebook could be the primary monitor,and the monitor attached to the Video output the secondary monitor.


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Sorry, it does not work that way. The IBM only has a single VGA card, only the output is switched between LCD, external or both.

You would need a PCMCIA VGA card added in, if this is even possible.

In other words 2 seperate VGA cards or one with 2 independent outputs.

Maybe witha  full sized docking station with PCI slotes this would work.

 I hope this helps !

Whoa there, what MODEL of Thinkpad is in question here?  This feature depends on the video chipset and your may or may not be able to do it.

My friend's IBM can do this, as I recall, and I know my Toshiba Satellite does it.  So give the model number and someone here can check the details.  BTW, does the owner's manual have anything to say on this subject?  If it mentions Win98's dual monitor function (either yes or no), the same will probably be true of 2000.
I tried to check Thinkpads in general, but I'm actually getting HTTP-500 errors from ... !  Sheesh!
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I called IBM out of curiosity and was told that none of their current models do multimonitor without an add-on like a PCMCIA video card.  My Toshiba Sattelite can do it, so it seems pretty sad big blue can't.

Hmm.  I have been trying to work this out for a while and have come to the following realizations:

Using Thinkpad T23:
good news is: it IS technically possible and you DON'T need any additional Hardware.  This works seamlessly with the standard T23 running the Windows XP Pro, for example (I've tried it).

bad news is, the Windows 2000 drivers don't seem to support it.  Maybe somebody has already written an updated Win2k driver for this, but I can't find it anywhere on the net.

the solution has 3 possibilities (in order of probability of success):
   1) wait for / find an update to win2k driver.
   2) write your own win2k driver
   3) convince your company to upgrade to WinXP.

if you find a Win2k driver for the T-Series S3 Supersavage video Card, PLEASE let me know!



This question is four months old.  IBM might well have new models out that can support this feature better.   thommy, what is the status of this project?
Glen A.IT Project Manager

No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave the following recommendation for this question in the Cleanup topic area:

SPLIT: SysExpert{7458984} & magarity{7459029}

Please leave any comments here within the next seven days.

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The question was, how to support this feature under Windows 2000.
So far this has not been answered
Glen A.IT Project Manager

>>So far this has not been answered

Yes, it actually has.  The answer is you cannot.  It may not be the answer you want, but it is the answer.

You may be able to do it by getting an add-on PC-Card video card to allow the multiple monitor feature, (As suggested by Both SysExpert and magarity) but without it, it simply is not possible.


I try to accept the answers by magarity,
but each time the system tells me "You may not accept this answer"
So, what to do?
Glen A.IT Project Manager

Not much now, lol.  It's the "split points" option that should've been chosen.  But that's ok.  I'll post a 'points for' question for magarity to get his points.

Thanks thommy!

A classic example of one of the reasons I stopped participating on EE.  Here I even CALLED, in person not just a web search, and I still get slapped with a "B = only partially correct" grade just because someone wants to do the impossible and takes it out on the only available target when told that it's impossible.
Glen A.IT Project Manager

it happens magarity.  BTW, please don't forget your 'points for' question here-

thommy:  I believe magarity is right here on the grade issue.  I'll post to the mods to have this reviewed:  In the meantime, please read the following criteria.

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B: The Expert(s) provided an acceptable solution(explanation), or a link to an acceptable solution, although I may have needed a bit more information to complete the task to make the thing run under Windows 2000
Glen A.IT Project Manager

But there is, to the best of our knowledge and IBM's, no way to make it run under Windows 2000, and that is the answer magarity gave.

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