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> has anyone successfully implemented this solution using a laptop?
You mean setting up dual monitors on a desk for laptop use? Yes, I
When I had a Gateway Solo somethingorother I used the laptop in its dock
as a spare monitor off to one side, and a separate 21" monitor as my
main viewing screen. The chip was (I think!) an ATi Rage built into the
machine, completely configurable from Winders. I used it for about
three weeks and ultimately decided I didn't really like dual-head
systems. I like concentrating on one thing at a time.
Your luck will vary widely depending on the hardware, but most modern
(within the last 2 years) popular laptops shouldn't have too much
difficulty. Look for the ATi Rage or Matrox Millenium video adaptors if
you are buying now. YMMV under Linux, but it shouldn't be too difficult
to find a driver that would enable it if the hardware supports it. I
haven't tried it on a Mac, but I doubt it would be much trouble.
If you have a system now that you'd like to do it on, make sure the
video card supports dual monitors. If the hardware doesn't support it,
you're out of luck.
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