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Adding a Second Display

Windows Me adds the capability to send graphics to two displays at the same time, enabling you to expand the size of your Windows Me desktop. For example, you can view a full-screen graphics layout on one display (at high-resolution, true color) while the other shows your email or Web browser at a different graphics setting. To run multiple displays, you need at least two VGA-compatible monitors, as well as a graphics card for each display. One important note: Because the graphics cards must run on the AGP or PCI buses, the number of free slots will probably limit display support unless you use one of the new multimonitor cards that supports two or more monitors in a single card slot.

To run a second display, you must install a second graphics card. This process is identical to that outlined in the section "Installing an Internal Adapter," earlier in this chapter. After the new card is installed and running, you must shut down the PC, plug in the second monitor, and restart. The original card and display boot up to the Windows Me desktop, and the second display subsystem can be used to display desired programs. After you see, on the secondary monitor, the message If you can read this message, Windows has successfully initialized this display adapter., you can use the Display option in the Control Panel to take advantage of this monitor. See Chapter 8, "Changing the Look and Feel of Windows," for information on configuring multiple-monitor support.


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