Multiple Monitor Support

By: arun

Multiple Monitor support was originally introduced with Windows 98. This feature provides the ability to use multiple display adapters and monitors to extend the Windows desktop. When introduced in Windows 2000, the hardware requirements were much different from the support in Windows 98, but the configuration functioned the same.

Windows XP Professional builds on the Multiple Monitor support in Windows 2000, and has very similar hardware requirements. If you have multiple monitors configured in Windows 98 and upgrade to Windows XP Professional, you may not meet the requirements in Windows XP. Check the HCL for information on your display adapters.

Important: Windows XP Home Edition does not provide Multiple Monitor support. If you require this feature, you must use Windows XP Professional

Requirements

Multiple Monitor support is not provided on Windows XP Home Edition, so Windows XP Professional is a software requirement. Other requirements are related to the display adapters in use as the primary and secondary. In general, you should use display adapters with drivers that meet logo requirements - this ensures that they are compatible with multiple monitor support in Windows XP.

Primary Adapter The primary adapter can be nearly any adapter supported by Windows XP. There is no specific requirement for the chipset on this card, except where a specific chipset or driver incompatibility may exist.

Secondary Adapter The secondary adapter must have the ability to disable VGA. This is a crucial requirement in order to prevent the adapter from taking over primary function at startup. Adapters with this ability that are supported for use with Multiple Monitor support in

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