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Hallo all,I have set up my multimonitor display using ATI Radeon card, where my main monitor (with the outside view) is connected to the main RGB outlet, whereas the secondary monitor displaying undocked panel only is connected via the adaptor thingy.Two questions: what settings should I use to maximize performance in that setup, ie. should I switch to fullscreen mode, then move the panel to the secondary monitor, or should I do it in the windowed mode. Also, should I turn off secondary monitor acceleration (under troubleshooting bar) to improve performance or not.Another question I have is how to use my laptop computer to connect it via a local TCP/IP network to shift some of the additional panels onto it, ie. throttle panel, or overhead, or FMC. I have searched the forum and found some reference to WideFS but it only seems to cover external software applications to be used on the networked laptop.I apologize if those questions seem laic but I'm a newby in the multimonitor world so it's better if I ask.Thanks in advanceDom

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Hi Dom,This is what was posted on another site... (I'm sure Tuomas remembers this one ;-)Posting by Ken Peckham:===============================I have been digging around for info on the multiple monitor issues with FS2004 and just made a startling discovery. MS said that they were including multiple monitor support in FS2004 and they seem to have come through in a big way that most are not yet aware of. It seems that the down side of the new setup is that you have to go to windowed mode to undock panels then move them and then go back to full screen, resize everything and then fly BUT...there is a good side to this. First you end up not having window borders around your secondary panels and the best part is...The secondary views that you open up are handled a completely different way causing NO significent performance hit. And here is the best part....You can now open multiple 3D views on different monitors WITH NO LOSS OF FRAMES! I just set up the forward VC view on the main monitor and the forward right view on the second one and with everything maxxed out running 2 fullscreen 3D views I still get 40FPS! I had to set both monitors to the same resolution (1024X768X32) and then go to windowed mode, go to the views menu and open a new view (select the cockpit view) drag it over, go back to fullscreen, stretch the second 3D view out to cover the entire screen, now you have 2 identical views, then open the views menu, select the second view in the dropdown list and change it to the right front view. Close the menu (make sure your mouse cursor is on the main monitor...it you click it it on the second monitor it will swap the view back forward) Any FLY with two 3D outside window views. Simply amazing, and here I was trying to figure out how to get the $$'s for another computer to get multiple 3D views....2nd post:More testing results revealed a few inaccuracies in my first post. There is a slight hit in FPS but nothing drastic like in FS2002 where this would drop you into the single digits. I just flew the Default Caravan into San Juan with 100% AI traffic and Autogen maxxed out with the Fwd view VC on the primary display and the secondary Display had the right front VC view. This revealed a slowdown but I was still in the high teens with flyability. So cutting back a bit on the sliders should make this a viable option to networking two computers to get multiple cockpit window views. It is really killer to be able to see the entire panel in the VC view just by glancing across. The other thing I learned is you have to be sure that both Views are set to the same zoom in the Views menu or it can make some crazy distortions between the two windows. This brings a whole new level of realism while turning from base to final for landing._________________Ken Peckham CEO B&B Sim Technologies Where we put you in the left seat! =================================================For your laptop requirement, exactly how powerful is the laptop? If you can run another instance of the sim on the laptop, you can use WideView...Rahul SharmaNew Delhi, India.vt737ng@yahoo.com

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Thank you for your reply Rahul,Per first part it looks like I need to try opening a new window via menu rather than new panel icon on the main panel.Will try that later.As to my laptop it is not bad in terms of business use, yet I tried to install FS9 on it and it basically crashed at the outside 3D view. I need to try out the 2D panel view on it, see what happens.I though about the application allowing for taking a particular panel (say FMC for instance) and moving it over to the laptop via local network.Not sure if that's possible at all though.Thanks for your help.Dom

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