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boblydan
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Dual monitors on X61 or X300 with docking station?

Greetings all!

I've got a question regarding dual monitors on either X61 or X300. The Ultrabase has only one VGA port and no DVI. Can I use the VGA port on the laptop and the Ultrabase at the same time? I've been unable to set up this configuration with the Presentation Director. I want to use two 20" widescreen monitors so that I can use the  Extended Desktop setting, i.e. separete views on each monitor.

I've looked into the matter before, but came up empty handed. I considered using a VGA splitter, for example Matrox DualHead2Go, but in order to run two montors at 1680x1050 resolution it requires the the graphics controller supports Dual Link DVI, which the X61 does not, if I'm not mistaken.

Anyone got an idea of how to use two monitors at 1680x1050 with an X61 and an Ultrabase? If push comes to shove, I might consider the X300, but I'd like to be certain that it can handle a dual display.

Cheers!

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erik
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Re: Dual monitors on X61 or X300 with docking station?

with the X61, the VGA port on the left of the machine is disabled when plugged into the ultrabase.

with the X300, dual monitors can be driven by both the VGA port on the back and by the external USB dock.   keep in mind that the maximum supported resolution over the dock is 1400x1050.

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andyP
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Re: Dual monitors on X61 or X300 with docking station?

An alternative to Matrox could be the VTBook

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boblydan
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Re: Dual monitors on X61 or X300 with docking station?

Thanks for the tip on the VTBook. However, it has more or less the same limitations as the Matrox product, as it doesn't support 2 monitors at 1680x1050 resolution.

Hmm, guess I'm stuck with my trusty T43 as long as I'm keeping my dual display setup. No biggie :smileyhappy:
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hnathan1
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Re: Dual monitors on X61 or X300 with docking station?

I have a X61 tablet driving two 1920x1200 monitors using the DualHead2Go Digital.  It converts the VGA signal from the laptop to DVI signals for the monitors.
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chimmu
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Re: Dual monitors on X61 or X300 with docking station?

"I have a X61 tablet driving two 1920x1200 monitors using the DualHead2Go Digital.  It converts the VGA signal from the laptop to DVI signals for the monitors."

 

does this setup work similar to the extended desktop feature or it spreads one display/screen across two monitors?

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Re: Dual monitors on X61 or X300 with docking station?


chimmu wrote:

 

does this setup work similar to the extended desktop feature or it spreads one display/screen across two monitors?


Type "DualHead2Go Digital" into a Google (or similar) search entry box and you can read all about what it does and doesn't do.


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Bill

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