[jhb_airlines] Re: Matrox TripleHead 2Go

  • From: "Paul" <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Aug 2006 19:10:26 +0100

Looks like you need to set it up so the left screen is the primary screen
then move/stretch the windows to the centre and right rather than configure
the centre screen and stretch left and right.  That way, the default left
screen should be visible even when things go wrong.


-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 16 August 2006 18:55
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Matrox TripleHead 2Go

Not uniquely daft, 'cos that's what Matrox suggested. In fact their
suggestion was to plug the right moniter into the left jack and right
into left. That had all the hallmarks of a techy who new all about how
it worked but not what it was used for.
I'm sure it would work, until I came to run FS9. At that point the right
screen would display the view of centre left scenery and vicky verky.  To
cope with losing the left monitor, then not being able to access it,
even after a reboot, I've set it up correctly, then created a Restore
point. Hope that's a goer.

Gerry Winskill

Mike Lucas wrote:

> "With the Matrox prog running" ... can you use the three monitors
> without the Matrox prog, just using WinXP?  If so, can you rearrange
> the monitors in WinXP then re-start your Matrox thingy?
> Trying to help with something I've never used - daft idea ...
> Mike L
> Gerry Winskill wrote:
>> I'm afraid not, since, with the Matrox prog running, the three
>> monitors become one, with a resolution of 3072 x 768.
>> Rather than seeking to move "screen" I'm needing to relocate Desktop
>> from the left side to the right side. It's possible with the Task bar
>> so is a possibillity for the Desktop didplay.
>> Gerry Winskill
>> Mike Lucas wrote:
>>> I'm not a multi-monitor user, Gerry, but isn't it simply a matter of
>>> selecting the appropriate monitor in Control Panel >> Display >>
>>> Settings?
>>> Mike L
>>> Gerry Winskill wrote:
>>>> Not another installment, just a technical question.
>>>> When the three monitors are enabled, the Windows Desktop appears in
>>>> the left screen. The bad news is that if I cock up an operation
>>>> andneed to reboot the triple screen initiator, I can't get at it
>>>> because it's on the left screen, which, at such times, goes blank.
>>>> Is there a way of moving Windows Desktop from left screen to right
>>>> screen?
>>>> Gerry Winskill
>>>> Gerry Winskill wrote:
>>>>> Having bitten the bullet, the TripleHead device arrived, yesterday
>>>>> afternoon. Since I would't risk buying, or having bought for me,
>>>>> the other two LCD Monitors, I've been playing around, using my
>>>>> existing numbers two and three, but not placed in the optimum
>>>>> position, each side of the main monitor.
>>>>> After a few significant hitches I've now got it running. From the
>>>>> Matrox Forum's TripleHead section, it's clear that bugs are still
>>>>> surfacing and being dealt with. There are several othe FS9 users
>>>>> on the forum, which should help.
>>>>> I've got FS9 running on it and several points emerge, even at this
>>>>> early stage. I think permanent monitors would need to be located
>>>>> at a slight angle to the main screen, since there is a slight
>>>>> sideway component to the scenery movement on the side screens.
>>>>> Framerates are a pleasant surprise. I was still getting 35 fps,
>>>>> landing at Ronaldsway, having taken off from Belfast.
>>>>> The next point makes me a bit suspicious of the screen shots in
>>>>> the Flightsim product review. We'd already suspected they were a
>>>>> pastiche, since there was no evidence of any monitors having
>>>>> physical surrounds. On booting up FS9 the first thing I noticed,
>>>>> in 2D mode, was that the instrument panel stretched across the
>>>>> three screens, incurring strong lateral distortion. Changing to VC
>>>>> mode produced the same effect. The minipanel was also distorted by
>>>>> being stretched. A check on the forum confirms it's bound to
>>>>> happen, whether in 2D, vc, or whatever. The only way to avoid it
>>>>> is to Unlock the instrument panel window and physically resize it
>>>>> and re locate to the central panel. The snag with this is that the
>>>>> panel is now in a blue framed display. In my case it won't matter,
>>>>> since I do this normally, moving that window onto its own monitor.
>>>>> So, how did the Flightsim reviewer manage to get a display, in
>>>>> both 2D and VC, that Matrox say is not achievable?
>>>>> The next feature that didn't surface in the review is that there's
>>>>> no easy way to switch back to a single monitor, on the fly.
>>>>> Running FS9 on three screens is one thing, writing this posting
>>>>> across three screens is a different kettle of fish. Which makes me
>>>>> think that any future PC upgrade, whether for FSX or a more
>>>>> effective FS9, will probably run just FS?? only, with this box of
>>>>> gubbins, with one monitor, retained for everything else.
>>>>> If you've not fallen asleep. wait for the next gripping
>>>>> installment.
>>>>> Gerry Winskill

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