Connecting multiple monitors to a single computer is very useful or helpful to some enterprises. Many firms have been using this feature for a couple of years now and it is available on computers with operating systems developed by Microsoft, Macintosh and Linux. Using the feature is beneficial because it allows the computer users to view several data at a time.
How do I connect multiple monitors to my laptop? To do this, it is necessary that the laptop to be used have the minimum system requirements. In addition to this, there are simple steps that should be followed to successfully connect several monitors to the computer.
Minimum System Requirements
- A laptop with any operating system from Macintosh and Linux
- The recommended operating systems for Windows-based computers are Windows 97, Windows ME, Windows XP and Windows Vista
- Any graphic card like PCI, AGP or PCI Express
- Latest drivers for the card
- A video card
- Install the graphic card. To do this, look for the graphic card slots. If you are installing PCI, look for PCI slots on the side of the monitor. If you will use AGP, look for the AGP slots above the graphic card slots for PCI. Insert the graphic card in the proper slot. If you are installing several graphic cards, make sure that you shut down the laptop every time you install a card.
- Connect the monitors to the laptop. This step is very easy because most operating systems like the Windows XP can easily identify the monitors to be connected.
- Configure the devices that will be connected. Go to the desktop and right click. Choose Properties and select the Settings Tab. Another way of doing this is to click Start and go to Settings. Choose Control Panel, select Display and click the Settings Tab.
- Click the secondary monitor. You can identify this because it has number 2. If you are connecting the third monitor, choose the monitor with number 3.
- Set the monitors depending on how you want the monitors to be arranged on your desk. Click the monitor and choose the button referring to the phrase “Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.” Click Apply and you will see that the monitors are now functional.
Tips and Warnings
- The steps are the same when connecting more than two monitors to a laptop. However, remember that you need to purchase and install a PCMCIA video card to connect two or more monitors to the computer. Put the card into the video card slot and the computer can detect it instantly. Install the video card and start connecting the other monitors to the laptop.