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Using two monitors and two apps simultaneously

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I would like to connect two monitors to a single PC and have them display two different apps, or better yet, two different desktops at the same time. How can this be accomplished? Please give clear instructions, from the video card requirements to OS settings.
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You need 2 vga cards.  Disable 1 for installing 2000 and then once installed, enabled the other one and install the drivers.  Then use the link below for help (its XP on the link but its more or less the same in 2000).

You can use a PCI VGA card with AGP, AGP with On-board, and probably PCI with on-board too.

Here are some links after hardware is installed:

http://www.verdictsystems.com/library/techtips/dualmonitors.htm

You can only have 1 desktop though.
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Thanks, Stoner79. My primary concern is having two different apps display at the same time. So monitor1 would display Word or Outlook only and monitor2 would display Internet Explorer only. How can this be done?
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That can be done by just having the size of the windows set to a custom size and not full screen, then just drag it over to the 2nd monitor.
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johnqgalt,

Do you have any more questions regarding this post?  If everything is OK can you accept an answer.

Thanks
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Thanks, Stoner79!
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