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Dual Monitors - Probably A Stupid Question...


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#1 Hobgoblin

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 11:08 AM

When I have my laptop running a second screen then what happens is that the outside screen becomes Master (for want of a better word) and the Laptop screen becomes Slave. In other words my desktop with all the icons etc are no longer on the laptop screen, they are on the external screen.

Soon as I unplug the external screen the desktop reverts back to the laptop screen. Small point but annoying nonetheless. I want the external screen to be extra and the laptop screen to be Primary. Dang thing does not seem to want to do it my way. Any suggestions as to what I'm doing wrong?

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#2 pascor22234

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Posted 22 April 2006 - 06:07 PM

Depending on how the video driver is written you may be able to do this. It works with my older ATI Radeon 7500 card.

Right-click on any place on the desktop where there is no icon and choose Properties. Now click the settings tab. If you see a diagram with drawings of 2 screens, 1 and 2, click and drag the screen 2 block to the left side of the screen 1 block. Mine asks if you want to enable this 2nd monitor. Answer 'yes'. You may have to do this every time the external monitor is running and then change it back again before you disconnect it.

Your driver may not work exactly this way, but the card/chip obviously has dual monitor capability built in, so it should have a utility to change the setup.

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 04:34 PM

Thanks,

I'll try it (thing is driving me nuts!)

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Posted 24 April 2006 - 06:57 PM

Are you running the ATI drivers? If so there is a simple way of doing this... Well for a desktop anyways but shouldn't be much different with a laptop.




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