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How can I use my laptop in a dual monitor environment (Not including laptop monitor)?

Below is our situation:

We have a truck rig that we take to customer sites and tradeshows with (2) 42" screens in it.  One desktop is connected to these screens with a Matrox Video card that supports dual monitors.  We are wanting to get rid of this desktop (stays in rig 24/7, heat/environment issues) so anyone with a laptop can hook up to the monitors and demo our software on both monitors.

I recently purchased a Matrox DualHead2Go hardware appliance last week but it did not work as described or how I wanted.  It only allows for you to stretch your screen across the 2 external monitors, not use both of them separately.

I am wanting to use Monitor 1 as my main desktop, and monitor 2 as my extended desktop (I do not care what the laptop is displaying as it will probably be closed).  I just want to use it as an extended desktop setup between the 2 external monitors.

Does anyone know any hardware/software solutions that could work for what I am trying to acheive?  Upgrading the video card is not an option.


Thanks in advance for any help.
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Gary Case

8/22/2022 - Mon
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Anyone with a laptop means the laptop users need notebooks that support dual display. There are plenty of notebooks that do using a docking station for instance... but can I suggest this instead, get a little micro PC, something economical and fan less, then get a solid state drive for it. Then you have no moving parts, no environmental or vibration issues, its small enough to be mounted out of sight, and you can have a permanent solution.

Using laptops is just going to cause more problems, have you ever seen an exec trying to get their laptop to work in a meeting with a projector? Well good luck with dual display.
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Gary Case

... one caveat:   If you decide to use a USB external adapter, be sure you get one that supports the 1920 x 1080 you need for the 42" displays.    [Not all of them do -- the one I suggested above, of course, does]
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"<<<< It only allows for you to stretch your screen across the 2 external monitors.>>>>>

This is what I understand an extended desktop to be.   Extending your desktop real estate over the area of two monitors."


What I mean by this is that everything is stretched across the 2 screens.  Including the task bar at the bottom of the screen, desktop backgroud, and when you maximum a window it stretches that single window across both of the monitors.
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OK, I understand now, and I missed it when you mentioned 42 inch screens.  Can I assume these are LCD HD screens  (1920 X 1080)?

If so, garycase is probably making more sense to you than I am.  Am I correct?

Am I at least on the same page about what you want to do with the displays (being mirrored)?
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