2nd screen via USB-vga

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2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by Buffy » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:13 pm

During a Strand tutorial in Dublin we were told it was possible to run a 2nd screen on a classic palette using a usb to vga device. Knowing the issues with drivers on locked down OSs I knew I would require a "driver free" device. I called strand in london and asked which particular usb/vga was tested or recommended and I'm still waiting on a call back (well hey it's only 6 weeks!)
Can anyone offer any ideas? has anyone tried it?

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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by RobertBell » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:56 pm

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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by Buffy » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:46 am

Many thanks, I'll give it a lash.
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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by gooze » Thu Apr 17, 2008 1:42 am

PLING... Tip of the hour...
If you have your laptop connected via ethernet or wifi, you could also use your laptop as a second screen.
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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by JohnGrimshaw » Thu Apr 17, 2008 2:33 am

There is another way to go - which in some ways is a better solution then the USB VGA as there are no drivers involved.

Matrox make a thing called a "Dual Head To Go". Works a treat.
http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/p ... o/home.php
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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by KarelBartak » Fri Apr 25, 2008 8:21 am

John,
Did you test it already? Make this HW one UltraWide screen or 2 screens in display settings on Palette (CP)?

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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by JohnGrimshaw » Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:17 pm

It makes it one ultra wide screen - which means you could then plug in the USB>VGA adaptor to get a third screen. Not actually tried it, but the video driver and hardware is one of the "Maxtrox tested" ones. I will get to it eventually - but I would suggest it needs battle testing.
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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by Buffy » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:18 am

Hi folks
I got the dualhead graphics adapter and whilst it works well the downside is it takes a bit of messing to get the resolution right and the command prompts are all split between the 2 screens making it well nigh impossible to use. Also whichever way you set it up there is always at least one virtual sub split in 2 over the screens...
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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by Buffy » Tue Jul 01, 2008 9:43 am

After a great deal of messing, due to trouble shipping electronic goods direct from american suppliers, I finally found the USB to VGA recommended by Robert Bell on http://www.cooleststuff.co.uk/WsProduct ... &BPID=4445

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Re: 2nd screen via USB-vga

Post by BobbyHarrell » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:41 pm

The device is now offered thru Strand but you are welcome to get it from the net yourself.
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