I am looking at moving onto a dual display for my Windows 7 Professional system. I have a Lenovo Thinkpad W500 and currently connect an external monitor via the VGA port. The Thinkpad also has a port for a DisplayPort ouput.
So - before I go buy a new monitor and a DisplayPort convertor (Monitors compatible with DisplayPort are not easy to come by where I am right now) - I just wanted to check that I have everything correct.
This will be my first time using a dual display setup, so please assume little knowledge here. I would like to have each monitor display different sections of the desktop i.e. not just show the same display but reproduced identically on the 2 monitors.
I was asking a guy in a hardware shop about this the other day, and he seemed to think that I would only be able to get the 2 monitors showing the same content. I'm 99.99% certain that the guys is wrong, but just wanted to double check that point. Also - much cheaper than DisplayPort-DVI adaptors are 2-1 VGA adapters i.e. connect two monitors to the one VGA output from my laptop. In this case I presume I would just get the same display reproduced twice, correct?
So - in summary, I would like dual display, with one monitor connected to my VGA output, and the other monitor connected (via an adaptor ... DisplayPort-DVI or DisplayPort-VGA) to the DisplayPort output from my Thinkpad W500.
All responses and comments are much appreciated!