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First I have an idea for a mod with an plasma tv that I have been wanting to try. But I need to know what the limits are of eyefinity/nvidias surround gaming. Now I know on xp I could use the all the panels as one huge monitor if I wanted but now I guess you can't.

What I am wondering is this does the 3 monitor stretch only work in games or can you make it work all the time so you have basically one very high res panel? If I can't then it kills the plan for me until someone figures out the tech to do it. Or is their a software out there that will allow this?

I basically need to put three 24" 1080p monitors in portrait inside the case as well as a computer to drive the displays and act as a htpc. Would look really stupid if it won't display right.

Any help on this would be much appreciated before I dive in and realize there is no water in the pool.
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I have only experience with CCC (ATI/AMD) and Windows 7.

In CCC (Catalyst Control Center), you can create many profiles to cater your needs.

For ie, I have three monitors running Eyefinity and a 42"LCD running as an extended desktop. That is one profile. This is great for gaming as I can put MSI Afterburner/Ventrilo/player stats on my extended screen without Alt-Tabbing.

In another profile, I separate the monitors as their own screens plus my 42"LCD therefore creating 4 singles screens. This is great when I have to research for my dissertation and have 4 separate Windows and as many as 100 tabs. Multi-tasking becomes very easy with multi-monitors setups.

I hope this helps.
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Oh no doubt multiple monitors are really nice for multitasking. I have run dual setup for a long time doing just as you reference. For awhile I didn't have a second screen and it was dreadfully painful.

Does the 3 screens act as one all the time though like on the desktop or playing a movie?

What I basically want to happen is them perform as one large screen all the time. Not just in games. But in everything. Desktop is just one large screen. Not three individuals stuck together the rest of the time if that makes more sense. I believe you used to be able to do this with xp but not since vista has then been natively supported. (Thank you Microsoft) I know I had one large background in xp and could span anything over multiple screens. I may just put xp on it but kind of wanted the media features that are in 7 for this application.

Is there anything that makes this allowable again? I have never given Linux a go but if it can do what I need and have good multimedia capabilities then I would give it a try. I just like the windows media center though as my wife easily understands it. Telling her she needs to do this and that and then that to do this will not work.
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I'm not sure what you mean one large screen.
Eyefinity is basically grouping several screens together and making it one large resolution. I run my three monitors at a native resolution of 5760x1080.
Extended desktop is basically having separate screens/separate resolutions, but you are able to mouse over each screen.
Any graphic card that has 2 or more outputs are able to have extended desktop display.
Eyefinity is only supported from the AMD Radeon 5xxx series and up. This allows 3 or more display to be combined together as one resolution.
NVidia has their own version called 2d/3d surround vision. Basically you need two identical cards to run 2 or more monitors for it to have the same effect as Eyefinity. You just need to download the appropriate Nvidia drivers to run surround vision. I'm not to familiar with Nvidia products as you can see I'm with AMD/ATI. Maybe a Nvidia surround vision specialist can chime in.

I'm just confused on your part when you mean one large screen.
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http://www.widescreengamingforum.com/forum/
try here for all you answers.
Awesome place for everything you want to know on the subject

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