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Multiple monitors--using a projector with Vista

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#1 dpitch40


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Posted 01 July 2010 - 02:52 PM

I'm kind of the tech guy for a summer missions project, which involves running worship/speaker slides during our meetings. We've begun using a new space where the only connection the projectors have is HDMI, which my laptop (running windows 7) can't connect to. The guy who does tech there has a laptop that connects to it, but it runs Windows Vista. I've been used to the whole Windows Key + P shortcut for controlling my computer's output on multiple screens when it's connected via VGA cable to a projector, but I believe this is a Windows 7 thing. As it is, the laptop that can connect to the projectors doesn't seem to recognize them as another monitor, so I can't display different things between the laptop and the projectors, extend the desktop between screens, etc. This makes it very hard to work with since I can't use Powerpoint's presenter mode. Currently I'm trying to see if I can borrow a laptop with Windows 7 and an HDMI connector, which might let me extend the desktop. In case this doesn't work, is it possible for me to set up the projectors as a second monitor on Vista somehow--get it to detect them as such?

I don't have much technical knowledge in the way of media, as you may have noticed. Also, complicating things is the fact that it's not my laptop and I only have access to the space just before showtime, so I can't know if it works until then. If anyone knows how to make this work and can explain it clearly, I will be very grateful.

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#2 cryptodan


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Posted 06 July 2010 - 11:59 AM

You may want to think about something like this: VGA to HDMI.

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