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Dual Monitors - Dead One Is Primary....

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#1 Huddy


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 09:01 PM

Hello everyone;

I know just enough about computers to get myself in trouble. I have two monitors and they have been working just fine for over a year. Today I went to have a new sound card and more memory added to my computer. When I got home, I had one good monitor - the main one that had all my icons etc on it - and one that was blank.

On turning on the computer, both monitors show the Microsoft startup logo....but as soon as the main monitor went to the desk top, the secondary monitor went dead. So I went into properties and tried to get the system to recognize the second monitor...then, dumb me, I made the dead monitor the PRIMARY.. so, when I right click properties, I get nothing on the screen that is up and running so I can't get back to the properties menu to switch it back. I can't even turn off the computer properly....(the turn off computer button is over in the dead screen somewhere).

Can anyone tell me how to get me back to having my live monitor to being the primary?

I tried switching the cables, but that just switches the dead monitor to the other side.

Thanks for any help you can give me.


Edited by Huddy, 07 January 2008 - 09:03 PM.

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 08 January 2008 - 12:33 PM

The obvious (to me) solution would be to connect the system to just one monitor (the good one) and reboot.

If this is just too stupid, forgive me but I'm still in the Single Monitor Club :thumbsup:.


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Posted 08 January 2008 - 08:10 PM

That should work, the video card should have a primary display port, connect 1 monitor to that and it will disable the other port and should put all the info back in the correct place. Then you can readjust your settings. This worked on my old ATI (bleh) card.
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Posted 13 January 2008 - 01:47 PM

I had this problem when i set up my 2 monitors.
They both worked whilst booting up, but as soon as the OS was running... the 2nd one would cease to work.
Solution turned out quite simple.
When i went to the 'display properties' the 2nd monitor was greyed out, all i had to do was to right click on the 2nd monitor icon and click on 'Attach'.
2nd monitor icon then worked and i could set the correct settings.


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