I'm glad to hear that you are happy with my recommendation.  I'm been using this
combination for 2 days now and I yet to see Protel messing up the display while
panning.  With the G400 Dual Head, it was a bit faster than the ATI card, but
occasionally I would have to do a refresh of the screen.  On the other hand, the
GeForce3 T5 makes the Matrox look like something from the early 90's.

____________
Brian Guralnick


----- Original Message -----
From: "Darryl Newberry" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 10:02 PM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Good Dual head video card combination for Protel.


| I just bought and installed an ATI Xpert 128 (16MB) for USD $50. I'm now
| running dual monitors under Win2K on a Dell Optiplex GX110 (733 MHz P2) with
| integrated video (Intel 82810E chipset), P99SE, 256MB RDRAM.
|
| Executive summary: it rocks!
|
| I have only tested this a little, but so far no problems. Installation was
| painless--plugged in the ATI card, W2K did its PnP thing, slipped in the ATI
| CD, and there was joy.
|
| The ATI board is driving a 21" Philips at 1600 x 1200 x 16bpp and the
| motherboard video drives a 15" KDS at 1024 x 768 x 16bpp. I have the Windows
| desktop/taskbar/toolbar on the 15", and P99SE on the 21". With the P99SE
| explorer pane closed the PCB completely fills the 21". I suppose if I got
| another 21" I could have it so that the explorer pane and schematic is on
| one monitor and the PCB on the other. The 15" is really too small for cad
| but it lets you use other apps (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, Acrobat) while
| viewing P99SE full screen.
|
| Full board redraws take about 0.5 seconds, but perhaps my current design
| isn't a very good benchmark, it's only 4 layers, 10" x 7", 200 components,
| 781 pads. I can't tell if this is any faster than before. Does this sound
| good?
|
| It seems a little weird working while zoomed out so far. I'd grown
| accustomed to zooming out, panning/moving, then zooming back in. Also odd
| having to move the mouse so far, sometimes I have to pick up and move the
| mouse when moving between monitors. Gotta get a track ball I guess.
|
| What other ways are there to take advantage of two dissimilar displays with
| P99SE?
|
| Darryl Newberry
| Freedom Scientific
| 2850 SE Market Pl
| Stuart FL 34997
| (561) 223-6443 tel
| (561) 223-6413 fax
| http://www.freedomscientific.com
| All information contained or disclosed herein is proprietary and
| confidential to Freedom Scientific.
| Opinions expressed by the sender do not necessarily reflect Freedom
| Scientific corporate policy.
|
| >-----Original Message-----
| >From: Andrew Jenkins [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
| >Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 18:22
| >To: Protel EDA Forum
| >Subject: Re: [PEDA] Good Dual head video card combination for Protel.
| >
| >
| >On 02:52 PM 12/18/2001 +1100, Chris Mogford wrote:
| >
| >>I have one last question.
| >>With 2 video cards is it Win2k that does the stretching over
| >2 screens ?
| >
| >Yes. W2k has limited built-in multi-monitor support included.
| >(in fact, it will natively support more than two PCI cards...)
| >
| >aj
| >
|
|

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