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How would I go about adding two external monitors to my powerbook? I can easily plug in another monitor and use it and the powerbook monitor but I want to basically just use my powerbook for the engine..keeping the display closed and use two flatscreens for display. Do I need to use a splitter to go from the video port to two monitors?

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You should be able to obtain a monitor splitter box/adapter & various monitor cables, BUT you will only have the same image on both external monitors (mirror). You will not be able to extend the desktop across both monitors.
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The most you can get out of a PowerBook (or any laptop, Mac or PC) is one external plus the built-in display.

If you split the video-out, as Dave L said, you'll get the same image on both externals (plus the extended image on the internal.)

If you had a desktop tower, you could add additional video cards, up to however many PCI + AGP slots you had. No room for these in a notebook, though.
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There is a program out there that allows certain macs to have the desktop spanned over the original display and a second. I imagine if you added a third display with some box it would mirror instead of span, but that is only a guess.

The program is called something like Span Doctor. I have used it on my yearold eMac without issue, though my iBook was not on the list of compatible hardware.
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That program is made for the systems that do not support extended desktops...the powerbooks do but since he is just splitting the video out signal it would not span it

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The most you can get out of a PowerBook (or any laptop, Mac or PC) is one external plus the built-in display.
not exactly true because i have seen setups with 3 external flat screen monitors....god it was beautiful

no idea how they did it though
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You can have 3 flat screen monitors mirroring the images but you can not do screen spanning unless you have a PowerMac with extra video outputs

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i saw a software somewhere on the internet, i forgot wat it's called and it was pretty expensive, but it allowed you to use 3 seperate monitors over your network.

example powerbook
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monitor one from pc 1
monitor two from pc 2
monitor three from pc 3

this may not be what your looking for, but it certainly sounder cool when i first saw it
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Ha! Once again I triumphantly turn up with the impossible and tell you:

It IS possible, provided you have a 15 or 17" powerbook with pcmcia slot.

Then all you need is this pcmcia graphics card to add a second dvi/adc port to your 'book.

http://www.welovemacs.com/vtbook.html

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as far as i know there already 2 video outs on a PB( s video and DVI) the pcmcia card sounds very cool aptmunich.

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