galvin Posted November 20, 2009 Share Posted November 20, 2009 Not sure if anyone knows this, but there are a bunch of smart people on this site so I figured it's the best place to ask (a Google search didn't turn up much)... Main question: Can setting up a 2nd monitor on a computer hurt the computer's performance? I ask because I have a Dell Inspiron 530 with only 2GB of RAM and I installed the Adobe Master Collection (a very resource-consuming software, as I'm sure most of you know) about a month ago. Everything was fine for the first month (i.e. I could have Photoshop and Illustrator open at the same time and sometimes I would get that "Virtual Memory is low" message, but I would still be able to keep working.) Then I installed a 2nd monitor on my computer the other day and the last two times I have used Photoshop and Illustrator at the same time, my computer would go to a black screen, then come back to life for about a second, and then back to a black screen again (and does this a few times, like a slow motion blink) and then it would eventually go to a blue screen of death. The blue screen would only be up for about two seconds and the most I could read from it was I think "Windows has detected a problem with your computer and will shut down..." and then the computer shuts down by itself. I start back up in Safe Mode and then restart in regular mode and everything seems normal again, until I start using multiple programs again, and then same thing happens. I'm worried permanent damage will be done if my computer keeps shutting down automatically like this (not to mention me possibly losing precious unsaved work). Anyway, if anyone knows for sure that the 2nd monitor can definitely hurt performance, let me know and I think I will just uninstall the 2nd monitor and go back to just one (until I get a more powerful computer at least) Let me know any thoughts anyone has. Thanks in advance, Greg Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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