I tried connecting the two new 19″ monitors to a new PCI based graphic card connected to the main system. The graphic card did not perform correctly and one of the ports refused to work under Windows Vista 64 bit version. I spent several hours trying to make the second monitor work and still the performance obtained on the one that was working was less than adequate.
I decided to opt for the second option; which was to acquire a new computer system (ASUS Essentio Desktop – CM5570-AP002) to drive the side view monitors. I got an Intel Pentium dual core based system running at 2.6Ghz on each core, 6GB of RAM, 640GB 7200RPM ATA hard drive, Windows vista 64 bit and installed an Nvidia 9600GS with 512MB of memory.
The idea is to network this computer and install a new copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator X Deluxe Edition together with WideView (http://www.wideview.it) on both the main system (server) and the client computer. As stated on the WideView manual, WideView is a plug-in module that can be used to create simulator cockpits with panoramic external views on multiple monitors through networked computers. Each computer can be easily configured to show a particular direction through a user’s defined view angle.
Here are some pictures of the progress so far: