Im going to do the best I can to describe my problem. but obv the reason I am asking for help is I dont really know whats going on. So heres the story....
I have two monitors set up side by side and I recently wiped everything to upgrade to windows 7 and can not for my life get the second screen to work. The video card a couple years old, 3 at least, ati radeon visiontek x1550 (if it can be all of those, seems like make and model of a car to me, whatever) To the best of my knowledge I have all the proper drivers installed. Downloaded them straight from visionteks website ( http://visiontek.com/downloads.html
on the tabs hit graphics cards, x1000, windows 7 ) and if i try to update I am told i have the best version. In the display settings for screen resolution it shows 3 monitors and appears to think that two are plugged in. I have been messing around with what seems like every possible combination of mergeing-extending desktops, detecting and identifying screens etc.
monitor 1 is set as my main display, lists dell e176fp (my best guess is this is just the monitors model number? because in all my efforts I have switched which monitors are plugged in to which ports and the used to be different)
monitor 2 says "display device on: VGA" I have no idea what this means. But it seems to be the only way that the multiple display tab lets me "extend desktop to this display"
Monitor 3 says "display device on: Component" again, no idea what that means. It is a black box and seems unresponsive/non-detected for instance will not let me select a resolution option. This all makes sense to me because I only have 2 monitors. I only mention because it is there and I dont know the difference in component and VGA. Maybe this is the option thats actually plugged in.
Now my real problem. I had two screens set up before i upgraded and everything in the display settings seems like how i remember it working. monitor two seems like my computer thinks it is there. I can change the resolotion, make it my primary monitor which causes my task bar will vanish, My mouse will disappear off to the side and I can drag anything off the screen. The second monitor is just always black. When I click identify I get a giant 1 on one screen and nothin on the other. The only way I can ever see a 2 or a 3 is if i "duplicate desktop" and then It puts both 1-2 or 1-3 respectively on the same monitor.
Its literally like its not plugged in...Whichever monitor I have plugged directly into the video card works, and whichever one is plugged into the original...umm...port?...on the tower is black. The only way I have found to get that port to work is if I remove the videocard completely, then my computer seems to remember that there is, in fact, another monitor plugged in that functions.
Ill do my best to help with any questions, I have tried to be complete but Im not sure what all I have mentioned is even relevant. If anyone thinks they can help Id love a suggestion