why did you decide to run the multiple monitor>one box setup? seems dvd players would be simpler and less power consumption.
It would have been nice to have gotten this suggestion a year ago.
No, actually I don't see dvd players working for this project. First, how do you convert the players video signal to vga or dvi which is what all the monitors have? Also can you make a dvd player auto-play on power up or would you have to go around and start everyone? Right now we turn on the breakers and the computers power on themselves and the graphics start with windows. Eventually I'll have them all networked together so we can shut them down from 1 central server. For now I have assigned a hotkey so we can go around and quickly shut them all down.
Second, it would take 57 dvd players compared to 16 computers which I'll have down to 12 when I get a few more donations.
Third and the biggest issue, the entire screen is not visible in the display cutout. If the image is centered on the screen it would be off center in the cutout. The software I wrote allows me to move the image on the screen then remembers it position. Also, some of the monitors had to be turned 90 degrees to get them all to fit. I've had to rotate the image through the video card drivers to correct for it.
I don't know how much a dvd player cost these days but we haven't paid more than $10 for a computer or a monitor. A lot of the computers were donated. Of course these days there are likely a lot of people with dvd players they never use anymore as well.
Thanks for the suggestion, I like the way you think. Keep it simple and easy.