Multi monitor Concepts
The basic concepts related to the various types of multiple-adapter configurations are not new or specific to Windows Vista, but are important to understand in relation to the design of the multi-adapter feature in Windows Vista.
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Get a different feel using a Multiple Monitor display on Vista than with it’s predecessor Windows XP.
Although the functionality is the same for the most part, you’ll notice something is slightly different.
For example, when using the XP operating system, it was rather easy to install different dual monitor video cards from different manufacturers on the same multiple monitor system. This was typically done by installing a high-end graphics card from one company, placing it in the primary PCI Express slot, and also having a lower-end standard PCI video card (possibly from a different manufacturer) powering peripheral displays. Even Though these two cards which can be completely different using two different “display drivers” (the software that tells Windows how to use the graphics card,) this configuration could still work in the Windows XP operating system.
Microsoft has been known however, for claims that having multiple monitor VGA drivers in Windows XP often causes stability crisis.
So in an attempt to resolve this issue, Windows Vista requires that all installed graphics cards use the same display drivers in order to perform efficiently and stable. The drawback to such events, is that all graphics cards installed on a dual monitor setup or higher should be from the same manufacturer, and not from different companies. For example, no mix matching Nvidia dual monitor video cards with ATI cards.
If for some reason you would want to continue using outdated hardware but wanted to upgrade to Vista (if that’s possible)
you can use a legacy XP driver (XPDM driver) with your existing graphics hardware. However you must be forewarned that some options in the Vista such as, but not limited to, advanced 3D rendering options to your computer monitors. You can also use a dual monitor adapter to.
One of the favorite improvements in Windows Vista using multiple monitors,
and that is the remote desktop client now has multi screen capability. Let’s say your at the home office and you need a screen shot from your PC at the other office. With Windows Vista, you have the power to remotely access your PC from another using the Remote Desktop feature. Your entire desktop can be displayed instead of just the main monitor, even if the viewer only has one monitor.
For a full low down go to http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/display/multimonVista.mspx