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    Using two touch screens for two different apps?

    Hi guys,

    I'm planning to use two touch screens for my carputer. I want one dedicated for GPS, and the other for everything else. Basically, when watching a film or whatever, I ALWAYS want to be able to see where I am via GPS.

    Does anyone know if this is possible, and any possible conflicts it may cause. I did search (before you all start posting the icon), but all the threads I managed to find (using the word dual, two isn't liked 'cos it's too short ) seemed to relate to both screens displaying the exact same content (therefore it's two mice on the same screen), whereas mine is two mice on two separate displays. Obviously I realise I'll need a second graphics card to power the second monitor, but if anyone could give me any information on this I'd be grateful.

    How do the two monitors work anyway, is it like one LONG desktop? What if I wanted one 10" (mounted in front of the passenger) for DVDs running at a high res, and the other is a 7" (mounted in the dash DIN slot). Will the different resolutions cause any problems?

    I also plan to use two normal screens in the back too. These are primarily for media, so they'll display whatever the main screen is displaying, but I would like (for the sake of versitility) if they could also display what's on the second screen (GPS) too.

    Thanks

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    I'm not sure if this helps any but, I remember reading something awhile ago about this new computer that acts like two computers in one. The basic idea is there is one computer with two monitors, two keyboards and two mice. One user could be doing something while the other user could be doing something entirely different. It was kinda cool, but i can't seem to be able to find anything on it now. Well if anyone knows what i'm talking about please post a link or something. Let me know if im going crazy or not lol.

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    SGI has had this option for years now (PowerDuo Octane) but it looks like the technology is making it's way into the PC market to save hardware/software cost. Here's a link that might be what you're looking for http://www.adfast.com.tw/easys.htm
    1.6GHz HP e-PC, 768MB RAM, 120GB WD HDD, Slim DVD-ROM, Onboard sound & video, 7" Lilliput, USB GPS Mouse, Audiovox FM Modulator, Vector 400 Watt Power Inverter, Windows XP Pro SP2, iGuidance 2, 15" Samsung LCD for the rear *Carputer not installed*

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    check this out

    and this ...

    hope this helps!!!

    I had the same question posted some days ago!!!

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    check this too!!!

    rulez!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgetimes2
    SGI has had this option for years now (PowerDuo Octane) but it looks like the technology is making it's way into the PC market to save hardware/software cost. Here's a link that might be what you're looking for http://www.adfast.com.tw/easys.htm
    With this kind of set up, I need a main 'server' PC, and then two dummy PC's, so three in total. Who's got room for that in their car?
    Quote Originally Posted by DjBac
    check this out
    Thanks for the link, but I already read that thread and was aware beforehand that you can run multiple monitors off a single machine. My point was doing this with touch screens though, and whether the two mice (for the touch screen element) will present any problems over their own portions of the desktop. If I was to take an educated guess, I'd think that the PC would see the two mice and respond to which ever is moving. Therefore if I tapped at something on any screen, the PC would just assume the mouse got there and clicked - no problem. But this is just theory, if anyone has any more information I'd appreciate reading it.
    [QUOTE=DjBac]and this
    Thanks, but I'm not trying to split a single signal, so the splitters arn't what I'm looking for.
    Quote Originally Posted by DjBac
    I had the same question posted some days ago!!!
    Not quite My question is more focused on how the touchscreens will react being as they both represent mice too

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    You are going to want a dual-head (heh heh I said 'dual') video card. pretty much every manufacturer has it. Under Win XP it is really easy to set up and it allows you to use multiple monitors. You can only use one mouse and one keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wrongway
    You can only use one mouse and one keyboard.
    So what would happen if I had two mice (ala the two touch screens), or even three mice (might have a touch pad set in the door or something )

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    i've tried what you want and the touchscreen/mouse worked only for the default monitor!!!!
    You firstly have to drag the mouse to the second monitor to work!!!!
    it seems to be more complicated!!!
    I want the same feature too!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DjBac
    i've tried what you want and the touchscreen/mouse worked only for the default monitor!!!!
    You firstly have to drag the mouse to the second monitor to work!!!!
    it seems to be more complicated!!!
    I want the same feature too!!!
    But surely if you 'touch' the second monitor, the OS should realise that's where a mouse is being dragged/clicked? No?

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