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Dec 5, 2009 11:52 am

I was watching Wall St Warriors last night(yes I am a nerd).  How are they running 2-4 screens at a time?

Dec 5, 2009 12:00 pm

You can buy dual cards, then add multiple dual cards in the back slots of the computer. Windows takes care of the rest. I have 4 monitors running off of 2 dual cards.



Dec 5, 2009 3:34 pm

I bought 2 monitors from HP, (Separate from my computer which i had purchased 6 months earlier, along with a split cable. Plugged it in, the second monitor wasnt working. I called HP, gave them access to log into my computer, and they downloaded the driver, and it works fine. No card or anything like that. Although its possble that the computer came with dual cards installed. I bought the system thru my B/D.

But it works fine. And i have to say it makes life so much easier.
 
I should add though, that dealing with HP on the phone was a nightmare. It was over 2 hours. It should have taken 15 minutes. I got some guy on the phone who is in Mumbai (pretty much the norm these days) named "Justin" or something like that. No doubt his real name was rajisthalan or something like that. He spoke "pretend" English, and after spending 15 minutes just gathering information that he really didnt need to fix my problem, like my name and when i bought the computer, he still didnt understand my problem. I finally insisted on speaking to a supervisor, and even he had to look it up in a book.
Now i'm looking for a laptop and really dont want to buy HP, but i think its gonna be the same anywhere.
Dec 5, 2009 3:47 pm

Other than having a big flat-screen for clients to view, what are most people using multiple monitors for?

Dec 5, 2009 4:12 pm

It sounded stupid and a waste to me at the time. But two monitors make a big difference. My four are overkill, more of a geek out.

Dec 5, 2009 5:08 pm

Also, if you use excel, makes it easier to work off your CRM or backoffice or other apps

Dec 7, 2009 12:22 pm

Squash, I just sent you a PM regarding the same.  For about a grand, Dell will sell you a nice two-monitor system and with windows 7, you can easily split both screens and run four apps visible at the same time.  Technology is cool.

Dec 8, 2009 10:40 am

It cost me $500 for a new pc and 2 19 inch monitors.

I love the dual monitors and considering adding a third.

typically, i will have opera browser on one, and IE on another.

or

my custodial software on one, browser on another. ACT! isalways on in the background on one.

Same with quoting software.

When i dial, I have Boiler Room playing on one of the monitors on the side.

Dec 8, 2009 11:06 am

Has anyone tried using a 42" LED or LCD tv and just positioning the windows equally in all four quadrants? 42" tvs are getting cheap and can be mounted as easy as four monitors.

Dec 8, 2009 11:47 am
aeromaks:

It cost me $500 for a new pc and 2 19 inch monitors.



I love the dual monitors and considering adding a third.



typically, i will have opera browser on one, and IE on another.


or


my custodial software on one, browser on another.  ACT! isalways on in the background on one.


Same with quoting software.



When i dial, I have Boiler Room playing on one of the monitors on the side. 

 
$500??
Dec 8, 2009 12:10 pm
B24:

Other than having a big flat-screen for clients to view, what are most people using multiple monitors for?

 
I have 2 monitors in front of me and a TV on a side table.  The TV is mostly used to show videos/things to clients, although today I'm watching the memorial for the 4 cops that were killed.  The dual monitors are used because I have email/internet/trading platform all running at once and I don't have to minimize any programs.  I used to have live quotes going on one screen, but I'm no longer fascinated by that thing, I would rather do things that don't involve frequent trading.
 
Once you go to multiple screens, you can't go back.
Dec 8, 2009 12:36 pm
Squash1:
aeromaks:

It cost me $500 for a new pc and 2 19 inch monitors.

I love the dual monitors and considering adding a third.

typically, i will have opera browser on one, and IE on another.


or


my custodial software on one, browser on another. ACT! isalways on in the background on one.


Same with quoting software.

When i dial, I have Boiler Room playing on one of the monitors on the side.


$500??

Yup. I broke it down in price in the other thread about computers.

Picked up a refub Compaq pc with vista for $239. (geeks.com) came with 320 gig hd, 2 gigs of ram, dvd burner. I spent another $60 or so on another 2 gigs of ram, and a dual monitor video card.

Went to staples, picked up 2 19.1 inch Acer LCD's for about $90 a piece. Minus some coupons.

Dec 9, 2009 2:00 am

hi all.
My uncle has recently purchased 17" monitor of dell.
Nice one.

Dec 9, 2009 11:21 pm
B24:

Other than having a big flat-screen for clients to view, what are most people using multiple monitors for?

 
The way I'm set up I keep e-mail/account data/leads up The other is running a Bloomberg Feed and market data set to filter the way I like to see the info and the stocks I'm following....
Oct 6, 2010 2:45 am
Sportsfreakbob:

I bought 2 monitors from HP, (Separate from my computer which i had purchased 6 months earlier, along with a split cable. Plugged it in, the second monitor wasnt working. I called HP, gave them access to log into my computer, and they downloaded the driver, and it works fine. No card or anything like that. Although its possble that the computer came with dual cards installed. I bought the system thru my B/D.

But it works fine. And i have to say it makes life so much easier.
 
I should add though, that dealing with HP on the phone was a nightmare. It was over 2 hours. It should have taken 15 minutes. I got some guy on the phone who is in Mumbai (pretty much the norm these days) named "Justin" or something like that. No doubt his real name was rajisthalan or something like that. He spoke "pretend" English, and after spending 15 minutes just gathering information that he really didnt need to fix my problem, like my name and when i bought the computer, he still didnt understand my problem. I finally insisted on speaking to a supervisor, and even he had to look it up in a book.
Now i'm looking for a laptop and really dont want to buy HP, but i think its gonna be the same anywhere.

Man i so agree with your problem. I have a dual monitor dell setup running now. I had purchased a dell vostro without the dual monitors and the on board vga only supported one display. So like the only thing i wanted to confirm was which VGA card i need to run the dual monitor setup. Called up Dell and sure has hell got connected to a guy calling himself nathan ( ya right..). With his pathetic english, he was never going to solve my prob...And the worst thing is all i asked is which graphics cad i need. took 30 mins and supervisor to get my issue resolved. It's the same anywhere...be it dell hp or compaq. Everybody is outsourced nowadays...the perils of cost cutting...globalization sucks

Oct 10, 2010 3:42 pm

You might take a look at the IO Gear GUC2020DW6 external video card adaptor.  I selected a laptop for my primary computer because of the portablilty factor.  I wanted two external monitors because that is what I was used to and it allows much greater productivity.  This has proven to be an excellent solution as it plugs into USB 2.0 ports.  The laptop becomes a third screen.  Naturally I use an external keyboard and mouse while at the office.  PM me if you want more information.0DW6

Oct 10, 2010 11:53 pm

Dell right now has a sale on their lower end flat screens up to 23 inch wide screen. I think it's $159 each for the 23 inch. 

I work on 2x 24 inch screens, myself, wouldn't want it any other way. 

Oct 20, 2010 12:02 am

tennis, I recently went independent from Merrill Lynch where I was used to their two monitor setup.  I bought two Dell 22" widescreens and have it connected to my laptop on a docking station.  I really like this option and the ability to get work done outside of the office without having to deal with a remote access situation.

Couldn't imagine working without at least two monitors now in our business and I don't do a lot of "trading" for clients.  I just like having the space to run several programs throughout the day.