Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Dual Monitor system
The Dell has a Pentium 4 cpu and came with 500mb of RAM. The first thing I did was upgrade the RAM to 2 GB from my old box. Then I dropped in my wifi card. No OS is not a problem for me because I prefer Linux anyway. This time I went with Ubuntu 10.10. I fired it up and everything worked right the first time.
But the D2400 has on-board video and only one video outlet. That meant I couldn't plug in the second monitor. Newegg to the rescue. I found a Radeon PCI video card with both VGA and DVI outputs for only $40. Add on a $12 DVI cable and I just upgraded my video from a 33mhz clock to 333mhz and digital output to boot. The DVI cable is going to my 20" LG monitor and the VGA to the 15" Gateway. The last add-on was to pop in my CD burner from my old system as the Dell just had a player.
I fired everything up and Ubuntu found everything the first time. All it took was some minor tweaking of the displays and I am off and running with my new toy. I know this isn't cutting edge technology. Actually it is several years old but that's what is fun for me. I'm not a gamer so I don't need cutting edge speed and power. I use my computer to feed my internet news addiction, email my friends, track my sales, and write the occasional blog post. I figure I should be good for a couple more years at least. All for less than $90. What I really enjoyed was playing with the hardware and setting everything up.
Now I get to learn how to use a computer with dual monitors - multi-tasking is my dream (yea, right).