View Full Version : Screens and laptop

03-05-2011, 11:55 AM
I am finding in my day to day work that I would greatly benefit from a third screen.

What is the easiest way to hook a laptop (with a basic vga connection) to three screens (Laptop +2) while making it a extended desktop not a clone?

Speedy Gonzales
03-05-2011, 12:41 PM
Probably some kind of USB adapter, with video connections on it

03-05-2011, 01:59 PM
Hi mate, I have an interesting issue at present...New ultra laptop for the boss, Sony Vaio, latest SB model.....we wish to drive 2 x 16x10 external LCD, from docking station....both Laptop GPUs have resolution capabilities for matrox dualhead, however their is apparently some earthing interference on this model, so I get blurry horizontal line on the lcd...

We are obviously taking the unit back, and now have to start looking again!..

Anyway, 2 x external LCDs, you could use $380 matrox dualhead to go, however the laptop gpu needs to be capable of the end res, they have testing tool, or you could use a USB adapter like i do...

Have dual head card driving 2 x 16x10 and usb adapter for 17 inch lcd

03-05-2011, 02:08 PM
I doubt I could get IT to sign off on a $400 piece of kit to make it work.

03-05-2011, 02:10 PM
Have to be the USB adapters then, $125, but make sure to get a DVI output if you want 19x12 resolution

03-05-2011, 02:15 PM
Do you have a link to one of these adapters?

03-05-2011, 04:16 PM
Heres a link.......

I didnt pay $200 for mine though....only $125, cant remember if with or without GST...

03-05-2011, 04:24 PM
Heres a better deal


03-05-2011, 04:37 PM
Do these come in VGA?

Scratch that, it doesn't matter the computer end is USB doh ;)

03-05-2011, 10:13 PM
Well I ordered one, lets hope they buy it for me :)

04-05-2011, 10:08 AM
Well I ordered one, lets hope they buy it for me :)

Which 1 did you get?....VGA or DVI?

04-05-2011, 10:11 AM
I asked for a DVI, all the monitors have DVI and the lappy has USB so it will work fine.
I wasn't thinking initially and thought the lack of DVI on the laptop might affect it but why should it.