Hi Options (again)
All you need is a dual screen video card available from any old PC World or the like. Some allow you to run up to 4 monitors on one computer.
But these cards are quite expensive and when i was looking to do the same i decided it was cheaper to get a 'Fast ethernet network in a box' so both my computers could access the broadband internet/printer. Plus one computer running several applications is bound to be slower than two computers running applications independently.
hope this helps
Speed you don't need.... not for what we do anyway. I used to run an Athlon750 with 3 monitors, sweet as you like.....Greed and the fact that it doesn't cost me anything to upgrade means I now have an Athlon 1700. I could have a n Athlon 2.4G but that's just a plain waste of money......I recommend Jetway 315 Dual head as the primary AGP and a Wonder 5000 PCI for the extra monitors. Nvidia and Matrox D/heads have their problems. IF you chose these, make sure you specify "for multi monitor use" and that the company is prepared to refund you if they don't work....
I bought an Appian Geronimo twin head video card on ebay for £20. Needed to download the s/w from their website. It's a fairly big card so you need a full size tower to fit it in. A complete mystery to me but my son managed it OK - that's what kids are for! Running PIII-667 with 576MB RAM on WIN98. Would NEVER go back to single screen.
Chartman - it is b.....y wonderful.
I have sharescope on, it used to take 15 mins to load and update. It now takes 3 on a slow day.
I daren't blink in case I miss something!!!.
Many thanks for your help. It was invaluable.
USB uses more resources that an NIC so is less "efficient" If you have a really powerful PC, then it's probably splitting hairs... to change, make sure your ADSL modem has an RJ45 connector to hook up to a network card. Fit a network card, load the drivers ( if needed) set your browser to use LAN connection ( auto) and away you go.....
Hehe try taking out 512 Meg of memory...... You don't say if you are using Win98... IF you are, then that's probably the problem. Win98 doesn't work properly with more than 512M installed.
Even if you have W2K or Win XP, I'd still try taking memory out- one of the sticks maybe faulty....
IF it is a LEGITIMATE version of windows XP Pro, then install all the updates on offer. BEWARE installing any form of peripheral drivers from Microsoft!!! ie video card, modem etc. I have had trouble with interface drivers wreaking havok. Best thing is to set a "restore point" before installing any drivers. If it goes belly up, you can either " revert to previous driver" or go back to a previous system restore point. There's lots of "security" issues in the upgrades. First one to install is service pack one. - I hope you've got broadband cos it's about 50 meg!!
IF you don't have a legitimate verson of XP Pro DO NOT install service pack one!!!! instead, load all the individual updates.
The only I/O driver update I would say was worthwhile would be your network interface card.