Multiple screens....

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Joined: 10/10/2006

How do I hookup multiple screens.
I am considering three 20" screens or two 23" screens for a new Mac Pro I am ordering.
The application is Final Cut Pro and Pro Tools...hense the need for multiple screens instead of one huge one.

Will any LCD screen (ie: Dell) work in a multi setup?
How does the software program know which part of the canvas to display?
Thanks....my first post :o

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Joined: 02/12/2009

Nice, with the Mac Pro you can drive a lot of screen real estate. OS X senses how many displays are connected and you arrange them in the System Preference pane "Displays". (It's been a while since I did it but I recall a drag-and-drop arrangement.) Only one can have the menu bar.

The number and type of displays depends on which graphics card you get, and make sure it's the right connection (DVI):

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/
http://support.apple.com/specs/displays/Apple_Cinema_Display_20_23_30_inch_DVI.html
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=151880

Holy Mackerel, if you trick it out with more cards, you could drive 8 displays:

"You have three powerful graphics cards from which to choose, including the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT (256MB), ATI Radeon X1900 XT (512MB), and NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 (512MB) graphics cards. And you can fill your Mac Pro with as many as four GeForce 7300 GT graphics cards.

The GeForce 7300 GT comes with one dual-link DVI and one single-link DVI port, allowing you to connect one 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display to the dual-link DVI port and one 20-inch or 23-inch Cinema Display to the single-link DVI port. Or connect two 30-inch displays to either the ATI Radeon X1900 XT or the workstation-class NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500. Both feature two dual-link DVI ports.

Like even more screen real estate? Thanks to the new double-wide PCI Express graphics slot, no matter which card you have installed as your primary graphics card, your Mac Pro still provides room for three additional PCI Express expansion cards. In all, Mac Pro lets you install up to four PCI Express graphics cards. Providing support for up to eight displays simultaneously, Mac Pro offers an ideal solution for advanced visualization projects and large display walls."

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Thanks...most helpful reply! :D

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