1.    25 Jan 2017 #1
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    Using a TV as multiple virtual monitors & resolutions issues


    At work I use 3 physical vertical monitors and I use an application which takes screenshots of every minute each day.

    I need to review these screenshots later and would like to do this at home, however I only have a laptop at home and this makes things difficult.

    I attached my TV to my laptop as an external monitor as the physical area of my TV screen is greater than that of my 3 physical monitors at work and I hoped to be able to view my screenshots normally. However the image was not normal as it was constrained to my laptop's native resolution of 1366 x 768 and this meant everything was shrunk and not able to be seen properly.

    I then hoped I would be able to find an application which would allow me to create 3 'virtual monitors' which were all vertically displayed on my TV. My hope was that I would be able to match the resolutions of my 3 physical monitors to the 3 virtual monitors and view them all at their correct size on my TV.

    I have not however been able to do this and have instead only found applications which can create virtual monitors but do not allow me to modify the resolutions of them so I have the same 1366 x 768 resolution constraint.

    Does anybody know whether there is an application which will allow me to do what I want, OR, am I simply constrained by my display adapter and it is not possible to create 3 virtual monitors on my TV with the required resolution.
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  2.    25 Jan 2017 #2
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    The resolution of a monitor is a physical constant, software cannot overcome that limitation. If you could you wouldn't need three monitors.

    Even tho your TV might physically be bigger, it still has a physical number of pixels. (Resolution)
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  3.    26 Jan 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
    The resolution of a monitor is a physical constant, software cannot overcome that limitation. If you could you wouldn't need three monitors.

    Even tho your TV might physically be bigger, it still has a physical number of pixels. (Resolution)
    Thanks for your response. I assume this means that with my present hardware I cannot do what I need to.

    Is max resolution always constrained by the screen (such as the TV in this case), or is it also possible that my laptop graphics card and driver can limit my max resolution.

    I ask this because if the resolution is mostly down to the physical screen, I could potentially purchase a 4k TV and then see what I need to without the need for any virtual monitors.
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  4.    26 Jan 2017 #4
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    The resolution can be limited by the video/graphics card and or the connection you are using to connect to the TV with. For example an old VGA cable will not support 4K resolutions, nor will DVI and *old* HDMI.

    It is likely your laptop will not be able to drive a 4K screen. Tho I'm just guessing with looking at specs.
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  5.    26 Jan 2017 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
    The resolution can be limited by the video/graphics card and or the connection you are using to connect to the TV with. For example an old VGA cable will not support 4K resolutions, nor will DVI and *old* HDMI.

    It is likely your laptop will not be able to drive a 4K screen. Tho I'm just guessing with looking at specs.
    Thanks again.

    These are my specs:

    PSPKFA-02C001 - Toshiba Satellite P850 Computer - Australia :: Toshiba :: Computers, Laptops/Notebooks, Tablets, Televisions, DVD and Blu-Ray Players, Camcorders, Storage, Accessories, and more

    Looks as though I will need new hardware to do what I want to do.
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