Look Here, Look Here

I Can See for Miles and Miles

With the right view, one can see
for miles and miles because the
view of the world from your desktop
is more important than ever, and
it‘s all made possible with monitors.
Modern tech allows users to use
Smart TVs as monitors
(imagine a 50” monitor), mixed
monitors of differing sizes, or a
group of contiguous monitors arranged
in a matrix. The time has come for
you to expand your view of the world
with multiple monitors. Believe me;
you will wonder why it took you so
long to think of this.

Most users with current PC’s or
laptops made in the last five
years or so, can use multiple
monitors by simply plugging them
in and rebooting your computer.
Usually the computers will auto
detect the additional monitor and
set it up for you. If auto-detect
doesn’t exactly setup the right
view for you then there are controls
to make changes that you desire.
For example, you can designate
which monitor is used for boot-up,
which to use for tools, or which
to use for videos, games or photo editing.

Some tips before you start your
setup multiple monitors.
First think about updating your
Windows software. If you have
been getting update notifications
for updating Windows and you have
been ignoring them then the first
step is to allow the updates to proceed.
(Note: Some antivirus software is so
bad you have to turn it off before
proceeding with updates.)

The next thing you need to know is
what outputs your computer supports.
It’s really not difficult to determine.
Basically there are 4 types of
video output possible from your computer.
The oldest is VGA the legacy video
output most common to computers built
before 2018. Then there are newer
outputs like HDMI, DisplayPort and DVI.
Most new computers have support for two
or three of the above.

VGA outputs are usually blue and have
two rows of pins totaling 15 pins.
DVI has lots of pins a slot looking
pin, and is usually white. HDMI looks
similar to a USB connector with “dog-ears”
and is usually black. DisplayPort is very
small in comparison to the other outputs
and black as well.

Once you have identified what video
output your computer supports go
shopping for monitors that have those
features. By the way, adaptors or
add in video cards are available if
you don’t have the right output for
the monitor you want. Ask your sales
person to explain, if they can’t,
you’re in the wrong store.

Multiple monitors are helpful and
benefit your computing experience
by giving you a wider view of the
world. Most computers support
multiple monitors and the benefits
are obvious once you plug them in.
Best of all monitors have become
an inexpensive addition to your
computing experience. Just imagine
watching a great video on one monitor
and checking your email on another
or creating a drawing on one monitor
with the “tools” on another, now that’s
convenient and fun. What brand should
you buy? Call a pro for that answer.

Footnotes:
The Who – I Can See for Miles