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Desktop Tile Across Multiple Monitors

Q: Desktop Tile Across Multiple Monitors

Currently, I run Windows 7 Pro on dual 24" monitors, and life is good.

In Win 8, if I open the desktop tile, I presume that the default action is to open the full-screen desktop app on just 1 of the 2 monitors. I'm guessing that the "Start" screen remains on the 2nd monitor.

Can I have the desktop app open, full screen, across both monitors? Can I have icons for my so-called legacy programs littered across both monitors like I have them on the Win 7 desktop? Just to clarify, I am NOT asking about having the background wallpaper extend across both monitors. I want the actual desktop application to extend across both monitors.

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A: Desktop Tile Across Multiple Monitors

Yes, you can have the Desktop on both screens with the Taskbar on both where you can either pin certain things on each monitor or just the the Taskbar for separating windows on each screen. You can also have the Start Screen on one and Desktop on the other.

Taskbar - Hide or Show on Multiple Displays in Windows 8

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I am using windows 8.1 RTM version.
I cannot find my desktop tile or the store app anymore. I have tried searching with the search charm too. I checked various users and they are not there either. Some desktop programs have gone missing too

I will appreciate any help from you guys

A:My desktop tile and store tile has disappeared Windows 8.1

Do they show up in the Apps view, Apps Screen - Open in Windows 8 , if they do then just pin them back to the start screen.

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Hi, i have a question about win xp and multiple monitor support...i have gotten two monitors to work pretty well for twice the desktop space, but i was just wondering if there was a way to have different wallpapers on each or to adjust the way the screen saver behaves across the two screens. if anyone knows anything about this subject please tell me what you know...thanks a lot people!

A:multiple monitors different desktop wallpaper?

Hey, i havent found anything yet that says different backgrounds are a possibility, but i have found on solution to be just setting another picture as a desktop item...I still have no idea how to control the screen savers...

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Greetings everyone!

This is my very first post and I come with a question. I am looking into purchasing a refurb Dell 990 SFF for basic home usage (spreadsheets, word processing, internet...no gaming or graphic/audio intensive use). The onboard graphics and Displayport is an integrated Intel HD Graphics 2000 with a Displayport 1.1a output. I currently have a monitor with Displayport in but no Displayport out so I can daisy-chain. What is the best strategy for connecting second monitor? Is the native DP 1.1a out splittable for extended desktop? Do I need to buy a DP splitter external peripheral? I should note the additional output options include an old VGA out; all USBs are 2.o. Thanks in advance.

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M93P SFF 10A90014US desktop PC. Would like to attach three monitors and display three discrete screens. According to the PSREF it is possible to do this with up to five displays. I have not been able to get this to work this way. I have spoken to technical support twice regarding this issue to no resolve. One support rep said I need an adaptor. Why? There are a total of 5 ports available for video, tried anyway, does not work. The other support rep said change a setting in the BIOS, when I tried that the setting does not exist.  Machine has Nvidea GT620 with one display port and one vga port. System board has 2 display ports and 1 vga port. PSREF says the machine can support up to 5 displays if using the installed video card along with the system board Intel video ports. Has anyone been successful with this setup? Does anyone have any ideas? Thanks...


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A:Multiple Monitors On M93P SFF Desktop

Can you explain what the problem is, in detail?

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In common with many others I was horrified to find that Windows 7 pro, which advertised support for RDP, did not support multiple monitors. I needed Ultimate for that.

What's the story in Windows 10? Can I use RDP with multiple monitors in Windows 10 pro? And can I connect to a Windows 7 pro laptop using a dual monitor Windows 10 Pro desktop?



A:Remote desktop and multiple monitors in Windows 10

Originally Posted by TTT

In common with many others I was horrified to find that Windows 7 pro, which advertised support for RDP, did not support multiple monitors. I needed Ultimate for that.

What's the story in Windows 10? Can I use RDP with multiple monitors in Windows 10 pro? And can I connect to a Windows 7 pro laptop using a dual monitor Windows 10 Pro desktop?



At present I am running three monitors without a problem. . .having said that there is one fault and that is not being able to use a different picture/wallpaper on each monitor. To get around this problem I use Display Fusion ( I know there are some folks that just can't get over the fact that a third party program is needed to display separate wallpapers on each monitor. As to Remote desktop goes don't use it so I cannot comment on it's us. . .

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Hi everybody,
        I have a remote connection that I need to configure 2 monitors. Each of them must be showing a different window full time (a monitoring activity).
       In every forum that I visit, I have same answer: in Display tab of Remote Desktop Connection, tick "Use all my monitors for remote session".

       But when I'm connected (remotelly) to my host computer, I try to Maximize and/or increase my remote screen and nothing happens, just 1 remote screen in 1 monitor.
       In the Screen Resolution Configuration, it shows just 1 remote desktop (RDPDD Channel) monitor and I can't make any change about it.
     I also tried to change some Local Group Policies as showed in Tech Community Microsoft Blog "Using Multiple Monitors in Remote Desktop Session", in both sides, host computer
and client computer.

   And nothing happened, it seems that all different settings in Remote Desktop Connection on client computer doesn't take effect.
  Is that something that I'm missing?
PS: Sorry for not posting images and links (I'm not allowed by this platform yet).

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I have a T61 Lenovo laptop with Mobile Internet 965 Express Chipset, Vista SP2. I have a second monitor, Envison, installed which I use to extend my desktop--laptop display on right, Envision monitor on left. Everything works just fine, however, whenever I shut down my system (sleep or hibernate or shut-down) and then power up again, the Envison monitor only displays my wallpaper and I need to re-establish it as my "extended desktop". This configuration worked fine under XP (with all the same hardware), but now it reverts back whenever I shut-down. Can this be fixed? Thanks.

A:How to retain extended desktop (Multiple monitors) across start-ups?

Weird.... Though i've not ran dual monitors on my laptop, just my desktop.

How are you connecting to the ENVISON monitor? vga or hdmi

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Hello everyone! Not sure if this is the right forum, I had to decide between this and Customisation, but this seemed more applicable.

Anyway, whenever I restart my computer, all my desktop icons move around to really weird locations. I don't have that many icons, but I'm a clean freak, so when they move out of place it sincerely pisses me off

Here are the specs:
Asus G74SX built-in monitor: 1920x1080
External monitor: Acer X203H, 1600x900
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M 3GB VRAM

The icons all stay on my main monitor (the one on my laptop) but they are often jumbled far out of place, such as this example: http://i.imgur.com/Kqtpp.jpg

And here's how they're actually supposed to be oriented: http://i.imgur.com/1TMe7.jpg

As you can see, there's quite a difference XD

Also, if it helps any, the external moderator is connected via VGA and it's positioned to the left of my laptop.


A:[Multiple monitors] Desktop icons move around each restart!

Doing a simple google search, I keep running into your same situation. A laptop with an external monitor being used that has two different native resolutions and this seems to be causing the problem. As for a fix for it...every thing I read so far comes up nill. This is not to say that there's not a fix for it, I haven't ran across it yet.

How lock/pin desktop icons once they are arranged?

Desktop Icons - Lock Position ?

If also found that there are some nifty little third part apps that will do the trick as well. Scroll through this thread and check out the links.


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I have a problem with Remote Desktop when using v6.0 to connect to a dual-monitor machine using the "span" option. Some text gets drawn in a rather bizarre fashion - it appears that the letters of the text are drawn in a wider font, but each letter is in the same position it would be with the original font. This results in each letter overlapping the next, making text extremely difficult to read.

I can recreate this in both Microsoft Excel and Artisan Studio. In Excel it is easy to recreate:
From a dual-monitor machine, connect via mstsc (remote desktop) version 6 or higher.
Open Excel
Put some text in a cell
Use the Excel "Camera" tool to take an image of the cell and place it anywhere in the spreadsheet
Voila - the camera version of the text looks messy, while the original looks normal. Connecting to the same session without using the "span" option shows the text correctly both with and without the camera.

I appreciate that not many people will have the necessary hardware to recreate this, but was hoping someone out there might recognise the problem! I suspect that the Excel camera tool uses a different method of rendering the text, and that it is this that is getting confused.

Any help appreciated!


A:Remote Desktop text distortion when using multiple monitors

As it seems nobody has come across this or found a solution, does anyone know how to report such a bug to Microsoft?

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I'm in IT security. I have 3 monitors -- it could be 6.

I just want to know if Windows 7 Enterprise has a setting that will allow the docked laptop with 3 monitors to keep the desktop window settings and icons and everything about the layout when in 'multiple monitor mode', and then have a different desktop settings
and layout for the undocked laptop using it's own screen.

Docked with multiple monitors? Detect it and revert to saved layout/settings for this desktop.Undocked with just the simple laptop screen? Detect it and revert to saved layout/settings for this desktop.

Does that make sense?
P.S. Does Windows 10 do this?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer...

Noel Stanford Oveson
Berlin, Germany

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whenever my pc restarts the desktop bg image is set to tiles (instead of stretch). why is this happening and how do i stop it from changing?

A:desktop bg changes to tile

Have you tried going to the control panel, then appearance and themes, then display, then desktop.Set it to stretch then hit apply and ok that should do it.

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I just purchased a new hp portable with windows 8. I have used every version of windows since 95 except for Vista and windows7.  My personal favorite is XP Pro since my system is used 90% for business use and xp is so easy to compartment and navigate.  I know that win8 has be confused but I will succeed.  My first desire is to disable the live tile desktop and use the conventional desktop only.  Is there a way and does this hurt the system

A:tile desktop

I use this from our Tutorials Section.

Windows 8 no longer includes the traditional Start Menu that Windows users have become associated with using..........With this in mind, a free program called Classic Shell has been updated to support the ability to add a Start Menu to Windows 8.

Good Luck

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I use Windows 8.1 on my Surface Pro 3 and my desktop. Both are x64 Pro and logged in with the same windows live ID. Occasionally the desktop tile will move on its own on both systems. I have never moved the tile from the bottom left corner myself but it occasionally will move itself to higher in the column or into the next row.
Does anyone know why this is happening and how to prevent it from continuing.


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I am successfully running 1 external monitor (HDMI), and I am now considering trying to use as a 2d external monitor a Lenovo L192 monitor that is now available to me. Is this possible, and if so, how would I go about doing this? Since the Lenovo's cabling is VGA, I will certainly need an adapter, presumably to USB-C or USB-3.1. But are there any other considerations/limitations that I need to take into account? Thanks for any help that you can give!
Moderator edit: Added X1 Gen to subject

A:Multiple monitors X-1 Gen 6: How can I run 2 external monitors?

Hi JoeSchmoe! Just to clarify, could you provide to us the model of the computer you are trying to use on the monitors? Using an adapter doesn't guarantee that it will be detected so it will be best to use an adapter from Lenovo like this: https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/accessories/acc100239. You can check the user guide from the link provided. 

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I am successfully running 1 external monitor (HDMI), and I am now considering trying to use as a 2d external monitor a Lenovo L192 monitor that is now available to me. Is this possible, and if so, how would I go about doing this? Since the Lenovo's cabling is VGA, I will certainly need an adapter, presumably to USB-C or USB-3.1. But are there any other considerations/limitations that I need to take into account? Thanks for any help that you can give!

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I see on my friends laptops that they have all four resizing choices available on their Desktop tile in the start menu. I don't know why but I do not have the large option available, as you can see in the picture attached. I'd like to have it like the tile next to it.

I'm running 8.1. Any ideas?

A:Odd 'Desktop' tile on start screen

Hi There. Try this:

Fix Store Apps and Tiles that are Not Working or Responding in Windows 8 and 8.1

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

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My desktop app is not functioning correctly. The tile has vanished from the start menu and search, the shortcut button in my program data is still there, but does not work, and it does not show up as an app in the side bar thingy, it was fine yesterday and nothing has changed since then, it vanished while i was in the middle of using it, can someone help me please? Here is a video of how it is misbehaving

I had the same error in the original windows 8 but it seemed to sort itself out eventually, can you guys please help me fix it?

A:Desktop Tile Missing and malfunctioning

Hello Boi, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Since this has just happened, you might see if doing a system restore using a restore point dated before this started may be able to undo and fix this for you.

Hope this helps,

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I am trying to center my desktop background but it is stuck at one position/size and I can't tile/center/stretch it.

I searched the forums and one option was to make sure windows photo viewer is not selected from the drop down menu and then move the picture to downloads or pictures folder. But it didn't work.

Any suggestions?

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Is there a way to change this so the computer starts with desktop showing instead of the tile menu? I know it's easy enough to click the desktop tile and go there, but I rarely use the tiles and would rather have the desktop come up automatically.

A:Start up to desktop instead of tile menu 8.1

Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8

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My brother in law has somehow deleted the Desktop tile on the start screen. How can I restore it?

A:Desktop tile Missing from start sceen

Hey Brian,

This should restore it for you.

Desktop - Restore Missing Tile on Windows 8 Start Screen

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Hey all

I successfully got the Win8 90-day trial installed about 4 days ago, and everything's been working great. There have been no crashes or performance problems, and my hardware and software works fine.

However, today I ran into an odd problem. Somehow, the Desktop tile on my Start screen disappeared. I don't know how this happened, and I can't seem to get it back.

I have tried searching for Desktop and all that comes up is Remote Desktop Connection, and nothing else in Settings or Files. I can't find the tile anywhere.

I know there are other ways to get back to the desktop, I'd just like the tile back.

Anyone have ideas? Thanks for the help !

p.s. sorry if this is in the wrong section, didn't know where to put it.

A:Desktop tile missing from Start screen

I'd like to know this too. Almost all of the tiles for classic apps have disappeared from the start screen and the equivalent icons on the desktop and the applications e.g. office have dissappeared from the 'all apps' and search so there appears no way of launching them. All the applications still appear in the program list in control panel. Oddly enough I have three application for classic desktop left on the start screen.

These all disappeared when I did a scroll on the mouse in the start screen, one second thirty or so tiles, next second about a dozen left.

Normally I'd run a system restore for a problem like this but I have only just installed everything and there are no restore points, very surprising considering that there have been quite few updates from MS.

Thanks in advance, George

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By accident (), I deleted the default desktop tile (the one that shows your desktop wallpaper) from the start screen. I've tried Recuva to see if I could still recover the file, and searched the internet and the installation disk. Unfortunately, the file it is nowhere to be found...

Could someone offer this file for download (I assume the file is the same for everyone) or tell me if there's another way to retrieve it?

Thanks in advance!

A:Deleted the desktop tile from the start screen...

Did you actually delete it? Or just unpin it?

If you unpinned it, you can right click in the start menu and choose all programs, then search for Desktop. Right click on it and pin it again.

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Okay, so I don't have this problem anymore. Well, last night, I had noticed that there was no desktop tile and if I typed "desktop" on the start screen there was no app for it Also, "Change PC Settings" wasn't starting. My guess is that it did that because I had a really hard time uninstalling a program so I had to try going by means of registry editing. So I ended up refreshing my computer (from the installation disc since PC settings wasn't working ) Now everything is back to normal. So all I want to know is how I can prevent this from happening again.

Thank you,


A:Desktop tile missing and can't find it in All Apps

Hi there. I always use and advise to run SFC /SCANNOW Command - Run in Windows 8 at least three times before attempting other means.

Is restore points configured on? I believe that is off by default.

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I appear to have some how placed my icons on my desktop in Tile View. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to restore the icons to their normal appearance. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Here is a printscreen of a portion of my desktop so you can see what I'm talking about:

A:Windows 8 Desktop Icons in Tile View

Well, just after posting this, I finally managed to fix this problem. Here is how I did it if anyone else runs into this issue.

1. Run regedit
2. Go to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Shell\Bags\1\Desktop"
3. Locate the "LogicalViewMode" and "Mode" keys
4. Bring up the Windows Task Manager.
5. Kill the "explorer.exe" task. Any changes to the keys made above will not take while explorer.exe is running.
6. Change "LogicalViewMode" to 3 and "Mode" to 5.
7. In the Windows Task Manager, click the File > Run New Task option, type in "explorer" and push enter
8. Your icons should be returned to their normal state.

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When I first started running Win 8 my internet opened from a tile ok and worked ok ..............now if you open it this way it reverts to desktop and opens

After that to close it down you have to click on the the red cross

Any Ideas ??

A:Internet Reverts To Desktop When opened From A Tile

Fix: Clicking On Internet Explorer Tile On Start Screen Opens Internet Explorer Desktop Version

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I have a Dell XPS12 Ultrabook (amongst other things) and out of the blue a white line of pixels popped up on my desktop. It is there no matter what windows or programs I have open through the desktop however when I go to the start screen or open any other tile it goes away....I've tried restarting, changing the resolution, etc and can't make the line go away. Its still under warranty if it was the screen, but in the past my experience with blown out pixels (white lines on the screen) has been a screen replacement because its there no matter what....this goes away in the start screen or any other tile.... None of my other laptops/tablets with windows 8 have done this before.

Any suggestions?!?!


A:White pixel line in desktop tile ONLY?!?!

A picture is better than a thousand words. Screenshot please.

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First, download & install OblyTile:

Download OblyTile

The download link is a bit down the page:

Next, add the Tile name.

Then, in the Program Path add this:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "C:\Users\<USER_NAME GOES HERE>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

My User Name is medab1, so my Program Path is:

C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /C "C:\Users\medab1\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch\Shows Desktop.lnk"

In Tile Image, Browse to find an image you want to appear on the Tile.

After choosing one its address will appear in the Tile Image textarea.

There are color choices for Background & Text Color.

The new Desktop Tile will take you directly to the Desktop when clicked.


A:How to make a custom Desktop Tile for Metro

Wow, I just press the Esc key and it does just the same
However I do use Obly for other Metro tiles.

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I have attached a second monitor to my laptop which runs Windows 7, however, I need to set different resolutions for different monitors, because the display does not fit to fill the screen on both monitors.

It is also noted that the display is replicated, and I would like to have the effect of having different desktops e.g. being able to use different applications such as debugging code on one monitor on an IDE such as Visual Studio, and, viewing the browser on the other monitor.

Currently it does not seem possible since the behavior seems to be that the same resolution is replicated on both monitors.

Are more than two monitors supported?

A:Working with multiple monitors does not allow multiple desktops

Set it to extended mode instead of duplicate, then you can use both independently.

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I can change my background picture just fine, but any settings after that do nothing. When I set it to center, or tile, or whatever it just stays stretched. Does anyone have any ideas on how to help? I have a samsung laptop with windows 7 home premium 64 bit.

A:Cannot change desktop background settings (size, tile etc)

What size is your background picture and what resolution do you have on your screen?

If they would be about the same size, there might be no difference when trying to center it or tile etc.
For test purposes try those options with really small picture and see if they work.

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Beginning this morning, when I boot my Surface Pro 3 128G, the Windows 10 tiles that normally show when hitting the start button now show on the desktop and not my desktop icons. I am unable to close the tiles and see my desktop. In the past I have been able to resolve most issues, but this one has me stumped. Can anyone help?

A:Windows 10 Tile show when I boot up and not my desktop icons

I found this thread on Microsoft's website. Sounds exactly like your problem and other people are saying the solution worked for them.
First right click on the start menu bottom left corner. Type an s in the search field and settings will pop up, then go to systems then tablet mode turn off tablet mode to get back your desktop with icons or keep on tablet mode for the live tiles only Click to expand...

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I'm totally befuddled. I have a program I run from a .exe that is in Programs(X86) file. I can put a shortcut on the Desktop. But the icon does not show in All Apps and I cannot figure out a way to a) get in the All Apps, and b) create a tile on the Start page.

It seems to me that you could drag and drop, but that doesn't work. The above is just one issue - I'm trying to move ALL my taskbar items and desktop items to the Windows 10 tiles, and can see no easy way to do it, because I can't drag and drop. What am I missing here?


A:How to Move Desktop Icon to start Menu or create a tile.

Why can't you right click at the exe file in Programs(x86) > Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar ?

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I am new to Windows 8, and on the tile display, when I touch a tile, i.e. the weather tile, a black screen appears with Accuweather.com in the middle; this lasts about a second, then the tile window display reappears. I would expect that the Accuweather.com website would appear, but it never does. Other tiles act the same way, but some apps are executed when the tile for them is touched.
Is this a bug, or am I doing something wrong?

A:When a tile is touched it returns to tile display in a sec

Hello Auricman, and welcome to Eight Forums.

You might see if going through the troubleshooting steps in the tutorial below may be able to help for now.

Apps and Tiles Not Working or Responding: Fix in Windows 8

Hope this helps,

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I have an Envy TS15 with an external secondary monitor (Benq 4k) on the HDMI port.The colour difference between the two is amazing to see when I am working in Photoshop. The Benq is very clearly superior of course but I would like to be able to adjust the profile for the built-in display. I wopuild like to be able to get consistent colour across the two devices. The laptop of course does not have monitor adjustment buttons like an external monitor and seems to only be contollable via the built-in Windows monitor colour calibration - but this does not allow me to get a match between the two monitors (insufficient controls). Is it possible to apply separate colour profiles to the two monitors - currently in extended desktop, if I change the profile on one monitor (in Windows) the profile seems to affect the other. A LUT checker tells me if I change the LUT on the laptop monitor, the same LUT is being applied to the external monitor.Is there for example, a way to control onme with the Intel graphics card and the other with the GeForce 740m card and load LUTs separately?

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I have a Ti 4600 8x and everything was running smoothly...

The only video game I play is Unreal Tournament 2004, and one day it started acting funny. For maybe 30 or so seconds it runs smoothly and then things just freeze for 2 or 3 seconds... i can run the same but i can't see my bullets, and if i a person was moving to the right, they keep moving to the right. Then it goes back to normal for 30 or so seconds and then glitches up for 2 or 3 again... repeat. Same all on servers.

So I rebooted my computer after reinstalling my video driver and now what was originally display 1 is now display 2 and vice versa. Normally I'm a pretty flexible guy and could care less and did care less about that till i tried to move to my 2nd monitor (now display 1 on my right side)... so to go to the right monitor i have to move my mouse left and to get back to my left monitor i have to go right. I ran into the wall in the middle a couple of times out of habbit, snapped, and now I'm posting a thread.

Thanks for reading.

A:Multiple Monitors... multiple problems...

Open up your display properties and under Settings where it shows two monitors grab one and move it to the other side. Should be as simple as that.

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Hey guys, im brand new here and I wonder if anyone could help me. Im trying to find a way to automate my multiple monitor setup a bit. I have 2 user profiles, one which I use for work, were I need two monitors setup and one which I use for gaming - I only need one screen here. Is there a way I can log on and the setup changes automatically so I don't need to fiddle around - I can just log on and get gaming? Im up for any solution there may be!

cheers in advance guys

A:Multiple Monitors for Multiple Users

Hi welcome to the forum

i have not seen or heard of of what your trying to do. i have searched google but did not find a answer to it.

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Hi, I'm new here so I apologize if I posted this in the wrong section.

I have 2 monitors and one TV connected to my Win7 desktop. I was wondering if there's a gadget or something to facilitate the process of changing my display as my current video card only supports 2 screens at once. I use my 2 monitors most of the time, but whenever I want to watch a movie its a hassle to disable my secondary monitor to enable my TV. If there's anything that will make this process quicker, please let me know.

Thank you.

A:Multiple monitors

Welcome to Seven Forums johnnyc418. A monitor switch box can be used to share 2 monitors with one PC (basically what you need to do). They will likely need to use the same type of output (VGA, or DVI). Have a google for Monitor Switch Box, and you will find many choices and price ranges. A Guy

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Ok i have been trying to hook up my two 17" flat panels for like 5 hours and i cant do it so i need help!!!

Here what i got going on.

I have an on board video, And i have a Nvidia riva TNT2 model 64 video card.

Ive gone to the disdlay settings and everything. This is WHAT i should be seeing>>>>>>

But this is what i am seeing instead, only one choice.


It only choose one or the other, when i take out the card it goes to the onboard when i put the card in and leave th onboard plugged in it just switches the the card only!!
So is there some kind of over write i can change so it doesnt just use one.

Is this possibly a driver udate problem??

I tried updating the driver for the card and it just seys error. dont know why but the sucks too.

please help

A:multiple monitors

Hi 73fd and welcome to TSF !

I don't think you'll be able to use both your onboard video and your AGP video card at the same time. That setup can be done with a PCI(-E) video card, and only with some motherboards, but I think the AGP card automatically disables the onboard video when you plug it in.

I'll google a bit and I'll tell you if I'm wrong.

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I currently operate a Video monitoring central station. I have 10 individual PC's. Each PC utilizes its OnBoard Video slot for 1 monitor, as well as 2 additional PCI video cards. Each Video card has 2 monitor outputs for a grand total of 5 monitors per PC.

Recently I have come across multiple GPU's with 3 monitor output slots/types

My question is: Is there anything stopping me from adding more monitors/GPU's to each PC?
- Would a PC with ample processing power, and RAM run... say 8 monitors?? 10 monitors??
- Does the OS limit the number of monitors that can be run off one machine???
- Is Windows 7 any better in this scenario than windows XP??

Most info I've found on the topic is the opposite of my purpose: using multiple video cards simultaneously for gaming (1 monitor). I simply want to load a MoBo with GPU's and have the ability to bring up 8-10 instances of Internet explorer (1 per monitor)

Any Insight would be greatly appreciated.

A:Multiple Monitors

Well as far as I know I don;t think there is any limit to how many monitors windows can support or at least if therei s its probably some very high number. I remember seeing people using Many MANY monitors for a Flight Simulator game.

Anyways if you do plan on getting one of these higher end video cards with multiple video outputs Make sure your powersupply can handle the extra load of these higher end video cards. Sure the pci cards your currently using may not use much power but these new ones are PCI-Express and are higher end gaming type video cards (from what I remember) and usually require more power and proper cooling.

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I have an application called worklist that is only coming up on one of the three monitors attached to the PC. It shows on Monitor 1 and I need it to show on Monitor 3 instead. How do I change which monitor the application will show on?



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i have two computers and only one monitor and wanted to know if there was some way to use a splitter of some kind to switch back and forth without unhooking anything

A:Multiple Monitors

Hi drew.A switch box like this one would be the best solution. You don't get signal degradation with them.When buying a switchbox you need to be sure it is compatable with your monitor connection types.You will also find some that require a power source. The above one does not.

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i don't know if this is even possible or not, but maybe someone can help.

I have 2 laptops and a projector. I need to clone the laptop display that's hooked up to the projector to the other laptop.

So I would have 1 laptop screen with (ex. a .ppt presentation) and another laptop that would need to be connected to the one running the .ppt presentation, all while displaying on a projector.

I know it doesn't make sense, but it's been requested and I've never heard of such a thing. I know it's possible with a seperate external monitor or a TV, but another laptop?


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Network video streaming across LAN is all i can think of. However the client computer would have to start the stream so it would not be the clone that you are looking for. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/streaming.html

lo and behold there is such a thing http://www.maxivista.com/

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Having trouble keeping a secondary monitor 'alive' after it comes on, then dies when Windows starts up.
Have done a trouble shoot but cannot access a number of the categories, supposedly in Control Panel, which come up in the troubleshooter. ie: the double screen window doesn't show under 'Display' options.
The machine I'm having this problem with is using Windows XP Home edition.
This machine I'm using right now has Windows XP Professional edition and this dialog window shows under 'Display'.
[Whether it will actually support a second monitor or not, I'm not sure! Haven't tried this one yet.]

Further info - the problem m/c does have a dual video card, and the secondary monitor works initially, but as soon as the Welcome screen comes on, it dies. Maddening!

Any one have any ideas?

mjbyyz (John B). 100426-22:59EDT

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I would like to set up dual monitors for my desktop. Is it possible to use the video card on the motherboard (vga) for one monitor and my dedicated card (hdmi) for then second?

A:Multiple monitors?

In most cases when a graphic card is installed, the integrated graphic device is automatically disabled.

A detailed description of that graphic card and what type connection ports it has would be helpful.


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I have a flat screen monitor that is connected via the DVI port. I also have an HDTV, where my computer connects to it via an HDMI cable. I notice they can't work simultaneously.

is there a software solution to be able to switch between the 2, perhaps by disabling something?


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Hi jimlau,

You should be able to right click on the Desktop and from there navigate to Screen Resolution. Once in the Screen Resolution menu, you can chose how Windows treats the second monitor / TV.

I am sorry but your post is a little vague / confusing too me. What exactly are you trying to do with them?


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I want a setup with 3 monitors so I can work with 3 remote desktop connections. Are there any desktop computers on the market that can do this by adding the additional monitors or do i need more junk to make this work? It seems windows 7 can do this. Appreciate any advice.


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A lot of computers support triple monitors these days, Intel integrated graphics, AMD graphics, NVidia graphics cards all support 3 or more monitors as long as the model you choose has three or more outputs. You may need more "junk" to connect each monitor such as a DisplayPort adapter since most system use a DisplayPort adapter for teh third monitor though. Windows itself has no issues with multiple monitors.

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