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Topic # 151289 20-Aug-2014 12:54
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So last night I found myself wanting to have a second monitor for a while.

I have a second monitor connected to my server, but it is too far away from my desktop and I couldn't get my hands on a extension cable at 9pm last night.

That got me curious, surely, I thought to myself, there is such a thing as an open source software monitoring driver that lets me run a second monitor on another PC.

And there is, monitors anywhere: http://www.monitorsanywhere.com/

But it only runs on Windows.

Anyone know of a viable alternative?

To put it another way, I want to install software on my Windows 8.1 64bit OS that creates a second screen and sends the output of that second screen to another computer (ubuntu) that can then display it on a monitor.

Anyone know of such a beast?




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  Reply # 1112031 20-Aug-2014 13:02
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I expect the most commonly used solution would be VNC and similar remote solutions.



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  Reply # 1112047 20-Aug-2014 13:07
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gzt: I expect the most commonly used solution would be VNC and similar remote solutions.


Yes, and synergy also works well, but not for what I am trying to do.

I want to run a game with multi-monitor support, I dont think vnc or synergy will allow me to do that.

Actually, I want to run Dwarf Therapist on the second monitor and Dwarf Fortress on the first. :)




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  Reply # 1112084 20-Aug-2014 13:39
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BuffyNZ:
gzt: I expect the most commonly used solution would be VNC and similar remote solutions.


Yes, and synergy also works well, but not for what I am trying to do.

I want to run a game with multi-monitor support, I dont think vnc or synergy will allow me to do that.

Actually, I want to run Dwarf Therapist on the second monitor and Dwarf Fortress on the first. :)


In short - no, you will not get accelerated 3d in an acceptable fashion through a software solution.

What is stopping you using a cable? VGA/HDMI/etc?





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  Reply # 1112087 20-Aug-2014 13:42
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wasabi2k:What is stopping you using a cable? VGA/HDMI/etc?


At the time, availability of a place to purchase said cable at 9pm on a tuesday at night.

Now, nothing at all, and am going to do so, but I was curious to see if there was a software solution.




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  Reply # 1112101 20-Aug-2014 14:11
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Are both computers connected to your LAN?
Activate Remote Desktop on your Windows box. Install rdesktop on your Ubuntu box.

Wrangling the rdesktop window to appear on your second monitor I leave up to you.

http://rdesktop.sourceforge.net/

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