[clug] Dual Monitors with Thinkpad T410

Hal Ashburner hal.ashburner at gmail.com
Tue Jul 19 20:08:09 MDT 2011

At the risk of stating the obvious can you not borrow a monitor or use a 
dvi-hdmi cable and your tv and test they all switch on and show 
something on the screen?
My understanding is that it depends on the graphics card & drivers, is 
there an additional card in the docking station?
I have in the past run 4 dvi monitors on a desktop that had two Nvidia 
8800 gts cards in it. This worked best as 2 nivdia "twin view" monitors, 
(ie the nvidia card & drivers treated two monitors as one) then xinerama 
to combine those into a 4x1 or 2x2 setup.
I believe that each of these cards would show a maximum of 2 monitors so 
combining the 2 dvi outputs and the component out got you a maximum of 2 
functional screens per card. 3 outputs, pick any 2.

If you're worried and have your heart set on 3 monitors (and why not), 
perhaps consider a usb monitor?

On 20/Jul/11 11:44 AM, Lana Brindley wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Currently, I'm running a Thinkpad T410 (Fedora 15, Gnome 3) on a
> docking station, with a Samsung 2243BWX monitor connected via the VGA
> out on the dock, which I sit side by side with the laptop to form a
> dual screen.
> The dock has two DVI outputs in addition to the VGA out. If I were to
> purchase a second Samsung 2243BWX, is there anything stopping me
> hanging it off one of those DVI ports (with an adaptor)? I've done
> some googling, and it would seem that this is at least theoretically
> possible (and potentially could handle three monitors with this setup.
> With Windows, anyway).
> Does anyone have something firmer they can offer on this before I go
> out and buy another monitor?
> L

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