Windows 98 provides support of multiple monitors on a single computer. Two questions immediately spring to mind:
First, a bit of a description on how multiple monitors work once you get it running. Windows 98 supports the use of up to nine monitors. Your collection of monitors is arranged into a virtual desktop. That is, although there are physically several monitors, they are linked together to create one logical display system.
One of your monitors will always be your primary display, and the others will be secondary displays (ok, let's face it, you will probably have at most one secondary display, but theoretically you can have up to eight of them; throughout the remainder of this discussion, we will assume that you have one secondary display). No matter where your two monitors are physically, the secondary monitor is always immediately to the right of the primary monitor logically. That is, you can drag a window or icon across the primary display, off the right-hand side of that display, and it will immediately appear on the left-hand side of the secondary display. This would probably be somewhat discombobulating if the secondary display were not also physically to the right of the primary display.
The secondary display is really just an extension of your desktop, giving you twice as much room in which to work. You can now have a program running in a full-screen window on your secondary display, and have a separate program running in a full-screen window on your primary display. When you move your mouse to the right, out of the primary display window and into the secondary, you operate just as usual. Click in the secondary display window just as you would in your primary display window.
All in all, this works quite well. We should note that we have seen some anomalies in early testing. We had Netscape Navigator 4.7 open in the secondary display, for instance. We clicked on the Bookmarks tab, and the Bookmark list actually opened in the primary display. So it appears that the system works well, but not perfectly. There is no doubt, however, that it is cool and will certainly impress someone. If you can just find the right someone...
From our limited testing, and from some research that we have done, it appears that if you have an AGP graphics card and a PCI graphics card for your multiple monitor system, the PCI graphics card will automatically be selected as your primary display. This surprises us since AGP is specifically designed for video and would deliver a much higher video performance than would PCI.
Each PCI slot is assigned a PCI priority number. The highest-priority PCI slot is usually the one farthest away from the ISA slots. If you install two PCI graphics cards, the card in the higher-priority slot (the one farther away from the ISA slots, probably) will automatically be selected as the primary display.
Finally, you may have a BIOS that will actually let you specify which graphics
card you want as you primary display.
If so, you can ignore the previous two paragraphs.
You may have to reboot several times to complete the Plug and Play recognition
of all the new hardware.
|If you can read this message, Windows has successfully initialized this display adapter.|
Congratulations, your hardware is all set!
Double-click on My Computer, then Control Panel.
Double-click on the Display icon.
You will see the Display Properties dialog box.
Click on the Settings tab.
You will see a window similar to the one shown to the right.
Answer Yes and you are all set!