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Need To Convert 2 Monitors To 1


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#1 Jeremy James

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 12:36 AM

My computer, a HP 1270N Media center, was purchased used. When I purchased it, it had 2 video cards, one with a VGA connection, and one with a SCSI - looking connection. The SCSI-looking one went out, so, only one monitor works currently. I haven't had the time/money to purchase a new video card, so, I was looking to see if it would be easy to put the computer back onto one screen. I have a number of icons on the other screen, and I can't access them, for the time being, because I can't see them. Also, my programs tab under my "Start" menu is so large I can't see all the programs that I have.

Any suggestions?

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 05:35 AM

Right Click the desktop (anywhere that isn't an icon) and select Properties
Click the Settings tab
There should be two screens shown, labelled 1 and 2.
Click Identify
If a large number 1 appears on your screen, click monitor 2 in the box, and vice versa
There should be a box underneath labelled "Extend my desktop onto this display". Clear that box and click apply.

Click the other monitor, and adjust the resolution setting to the right, and then apply
That should do it.

Removing the other graphics card should force windows to reconfigure itself in the same way as above.
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#3 Jeremy James

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 06:45 AM

There are 3 monitors listed, with 1 and 3 having large blue boxes, and 2 is a smaller, fuzzy box. If I click on #2, will my main monitor go dark? If so, I'll have no way to see my screen, as the video card for the other one apparently is not working.

Thanks.

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 02:24 PM

When you click Identify, what number do you see on screen?
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 03:26 PM

1 just pops up on my screen.

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 06:17 AM

Then you should be able to safely disable monitors 2 and 3 by unticking the "Extend my desktop onto this monitor" box for each of them.
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