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How do I access my main monitor if broken in a multi-monitor setup?

Q: How do I access my main monitor if broken in a multi-monitor setup?

I have a setup with 6 monitors. Today my main monitor broke and I couldn't find a way to shut the PC down since I couldn't access the main desktop to get to the Start menu.

Is there a way to change which monitor is the main monitor without having access to the current main monitor?

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A: How do I access my main monitor if broken in a multi-monitor setup?

Unplug that monitor and reboot? (power button)

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This is probably the most painful issue I have with Windows 10 right now (and likely previous versions as well, but I didn't have a multi-monitor setup back then).

The monitors I have are as follows:
3840x2160 (4K UHD) monitor with preferred DPI: 144 (150%)1920x1080 (Full HD) monitor with preferred DPI: 96 (100%)

Whenever one of these monitors are set as primary, all desktop applications displayed on the secondary monitor (doesn't matter which) has blurry text. Exceptions are the Windows Store Apps like Windows Store and Microsoft Edge, along with the Taskbar/Start Menu, the Taskbar/Start Menu settings screen, the Taskbar context menu, and the desktop context menu which passes the DPI test with flying colours, with crispy text on both monitors (occasionally a DPI switch bug gets in, but I can mostly ignore that). The problem is, as you can probably guess, is that >99% of the applications I use aren't Windows Store Apps.

Here are some screenshots. The "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" text is what the text should look like while the Visual Studio 2015 text is an example of the text most desktop apps get. The blurry image is what happens when the UHD monitor is not the primary monitor.
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Note: Both of these screenshots came from the 150% DPI monitor so it's best viewed at that (144) DPI level. The 96 DPI monitor is similarly affected.

Things I've already tried:
Reinstall the graphics driver (this was unhelpfully given by a Micr... Read more

A:Blurry text on secondary monitor in multi-resolution, multi-DPI setup

Hi Seally,

I have exactly the same problems and I am searching for a solution. I have noticed the problems after upgrading Windows 10 to TH2. But may be I havn't noticed the problems before :-)

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This is probably the most painful issue I have with Windows 10 right now (and likely previous versions as well, but I didn't have a multi-monitor setup back then).

The monitors I have are as follows:
3840x2160 (4K UHD) monitor with preferred DPI: 144 (150%)1920x1080 (Full HD) monitor with preferred DPI: 96 (100%)

Whenever one of these monitors are set as primary, all desktop applications displayed on the secondary monitor (doesn't matter which) has blurry text. Exceptions are the Windows Store Apps like Windows Store and Microsoft Edge, along with the Taskbar/Start Menu, the Taskbar/Start Menu settings screen, the Taskbar context menu, and the desktop context menu which passes the DPI test with flying colours, with crispy text on both monitors (occasionally a DPI switch bug gets in, but I can mostly ignore that). The problem is, as you can probably guess, is that >99% of the applications I use aren't Windows Store Apps.

Here are some screenshots. The "Taskbar and Start Menu Properties" text is what the text should look like while the Visual Studio 2015 text is an example of the text most desktop apps get. The blurry image is what happens when the UHD monitor is not the primary monitor.
Attachment 48493Attachment 48494
Note: Both of these screenshots came from the 150% DPI monitor so it's best viewed at that (144) DPI level. The 96 DPI monitor is similarly affected.

Things I've already tried:
Reinstall the graphics driver (this was unhelpfully given by a Micr... Read more

A:Blurry text on secondary monitor in multi-resolution, multi-DPI setup

Hi Seally,

I have exactly the same problems and I am searching for a solution. I have noticed the problems after upgrading Windows 10 to TH2. But may be I havn't noticed the problems before :-)

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Hey guys.

I have a problem. Sometimes (randomly) when I move my mouse from my second monitor on to my primary, my mouse pointer gets "broken".
I've added a photo of what the cursor now looks like on the primary monitor. (had to take it with my cell)

The pointer is always standard icon pointer on second monitor. When I move the cursor repeatedly between the monitors the pointer will eventually take another form; a kind of "chopped" up standard pointer.

I have not installed any custom pointers, nor changed to another setting that default. And yes, I have done a virus scan with no results.

Does anyone have a clue what it might be? I have had no luck in recreating the errors, and it appears to occur randomly.


Edit: This occurs with both of my ATI cards, the 5770 and the 5850.

A:Broken cursor on main monitor

No one has seen this before?

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I was going to build a new computer, but I'm still unsure of how to get 3+ monitors to work in harmony. I'm not looking to mirror the same display on 3+ monitors, but use it to create a larger desktop.

I am able to get 2 monitors with just 1 video card, that's not a problem. The problem is, do I need 2 video cards in order to get more than 2 displays? Also, do they have to have the same bus type, same brand, same make/model and such? Also, how does SLi & Crossfire work with them? Would I be able to get a multi monitor display using SLi or Crossfire?

Thanks,
Daniel
 

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Hey,

You will need another card to output the graphics to the other monitor, either PCI or PCI-E would be the best bet, though the quality will be lesser on the PCI card as opposed to the PCI-E. You won't need SLI or Crossfire to get the desired output.

Regards,
Nick.
 

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I have a Latitude E5570 with a 2.6 GHz i5-6440-HQ and Intel Intergrated HD 530 graphics chipset. I run this off an E-Port Plus K09A base.

My question is, is this setup sufficient to run 2 4k monitors (via DisplayPort) for everyday tasks? Not heavy gaming or anything, just basic business functions with some possible streaming from a 4k camera (which is processed by the CPU not the GPU).

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Hi all

Recommendation on Video Cards required for Multi Monitor setup.

I'd like to have 4 monitors connected simultaneously with independent controls (for using Photoshop CS4 etc).

Do I need video cards with Multi monitor input or several different video cards installed (even if this IS possible on most Mobos I think I only have 2 possible slots anyway for this).

Any ideas anyone (need it all to work on W7 x-64).

I currently have an old card working on XP which has 2 Monitor inputs -- I don't need all the 3D etc for Photoshop processing.

The W7 system I'm using has 16 GB RAM so there's enough for the Video.

Cheers
jimbo

A:Multi-Monitor setup

Photoshop CS4 actually uses gpu acceleration. See at:

edit | preferences | performance | GPU settings

Two dual-dvi output cards should do well for you operating independently, for the total of 4 monitors.

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I have three monitors connected to my rig, 2 x 20" in portrait on the sides and a central 27" in landscape. For months I have been using this without issue, today however when I woke up the 'main display' (i.e. where the start button and taskbar is) has shifted to to the left display. Nothing I do will seem to fix this, Windows thinks the central monitor is still the main one according to the display settings. Restarting (the traditional fix for anything!) doesn't help.

Not sure what else to try!

A:Multi Monitor Setup

Could be a Windows Update caused the change, you might consider doing a System Restore back 2-3 days and see if this resolves it, if it does stop automatic installation of updates and set it to be asked then do them one at a time so you can find which one did it.

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Hello everyone!
I need to build system that will be able to handle 4 or more monitors attached to it. Can someone tell me what i need for that? I know there are motherboard that have more than two PCIe x16 slots. Does that mean that I can just install two or three same graphic cards with two DVI outputs each into those slots and it will work fine? Also, is SLi feature needed to link several graphics cards to work as one or is it a requirement for multimonitor setups?

Any help is appreciated!
 

A:help with multi monitor setup

You can just use two gfx cards with two dvi ports on each to plug in four screens.

You dont need SLI to do it, but it would be easiest if the cards matched.
 

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Greetings, I was anticipating this to be a headache, since it only worked in Win7 by throwing spaghetti at a wall.

Essentially, I have a dual monitor display. The right monitor is primary, the left is to be used by art programs, movies, games, and other more specialized work (as well as workspace in a large project and running code next to blah blah).

So, my problem is getting the movies and 3d apps (especially games) to render on the left monitor, but keep all of the main functions on the right one, as it is now.

...

A side problem... I don't totally dislike the Start Screen; I think it can be useful putting it up on that left monitor when not in use as a live feed reader when not running a program there, while leaving the right monitor "classic". Any way that is possible?

Thanks in advance.

A:Multi monitor setup

I have the same configuration, but I play games in the primary display. anyway many games have into their options, the option to choose which monitor to use. The bad thing is that if an application is running full screen on a monitor, you can't move the mouse outside of that monitor, and this is the reason why I run the games windowed (or in a way called windowed-full screen, if available), and in the windowed mode you can of course move the window in the monitor you prefer.

I also hope the start screen will be allowed to stay opened in the side monitor, while you work on the main one... it would be also nice if you could run 2 metro apps in 2 monitors, now it can uses only one... you can't run mail in the side monitor and the browser in the other, this is quite a bug...

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Hello
At the moment, I have a Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT. This graphics card has 3 ports, which are; VGA, HDMI and DVI. This has two monitors connected up through the VGA and DVI, to use as a dual monitor setup.
Whenever I try to connect 3 monitors to it, I get a message which says 'This GPU can only support up to two monitors'
The question is:
Is there a workaround this problem? Like some sort of third party software I could use?
If not.. would I need a new graphics card to have a multi monitor setup (3 monitors)?
And could I add a PCI Graphics card and connect another one using that, or would it all just conflict?

Thanks in advance!
-Dan
 

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I've been running 2 extra monitors - VGA (737 CDU) and a LCD 12.1

I turned my monitor on this morning and my main was blank but its was on and my LCD was blank. I unplugged both monitors and my main came back on. So i figured out its my LCD 12.1 HDMI thats stealing my main monitor. I have tried everything possible.

Does anyone know why its stealing my main monitor. It should not do this


Os7

GTX 780

A:Totally give up 2nd monitor setup steals main focus

Just an update. If i use my LCD only it works fine but soon as i plug that VGA in, everything switches over to the VGA. But my VGA monitor is blank because it only switches on with my 737 NGX plane in prepart3D flightsim, so when i do configure everything back to my main and i switch off my PC it messes up again.

But its been working months before though

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Anyone tried a 5000/6000 series Radeon for video, HDCP, etc., along with FireMV low-end 2D multi-monitor display cards?

I'm trying to build a dual-use system where a couple of the monitor can be driven by a Radeon capable of transcoding, Blu-Ray, HDCP, etc. and the others are just low-wattage DisplayPort 2D cards for financial screens.

Can they co-exist in the same system, assuming the correct drivers are installed to each, etc.?

I don't need or want the power consumption or dual-slot use for 6 2D displays, nor do they have to do any digital "heavy lifting", but I don't mind, and sort of need, if possible, a modest 4000/5000/6000 Radeon card for a couple of the monitors.

Odd, I know, but has anyone tried anything approaching this?

Thanks.
 

A:ATI HD5000 or HD6000 & FireMV multi-monitor setup - can you?

Any HD4000 series card or above is capable of displaying two screens, either mirrored, or extended across two displays.
 

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Hey there, I'm having a bit of trouble with a multi monitor setup. Two of my monitors don't seem to be detected by the computer. I have two VTX3D Radeon HD 6950 graphics cards on CrossFireX. In one I have plugged in:
A Hanns-G AG172D Monitor (Using a DVI cable)
A Dell 2407FPW Monitor (Using a VGA cable and the VGA-DVI adapter bundled with the graphics card)
An 32LG3000 TV (Using an HDMI cable)
On the other one I have connected:
A Proview PL465 Monitor (Using a VGA cable and the VGA-DVI adapter bundled with the graphics card)
I also have a Daewoo DLT-20W2 connected to the motherboard with an HDMI cable.

The Dell and Proview monitors (both connected with a VGA-DVI adapter) don't seem to be detected by the computer at all. Nothing saying it's detected but failed to install, can't find them in the device manager, not detected in Catalyst Control Center or Control Panel etc. Any ideas whats gone wrong?

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RAM: 8109 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series, -2048 Mb
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A:Solved: Two monitors not working in multi monitor setup

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So I have an Asus M4A78-E motherboard which has an onboard Radeon 3300. As well, I have a Radeon 5850 in the PCI-E slot. When I try to force the BIOS to have them both activated, like I did with Windows 7, Windows 8 gives me this system thread exception error thing. The screen goes by too quickly to catch more of what it says. Does anyone have any solutions? I really don't want to lose access to my third monitor.

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I used to have 3 monitors working perfectly then I added a fourth monitor now my most used program for my work doesn't open on the correct monitor is there a registry of what monitor for it to open on? I have been using display fusion to make it come back
to the correct monitor and that adds lag 

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I have the dual monitor thing working and everything. I have my laptop and attached it using HDMI to a HDTV. The problem is that i cant get my desktop to my laptop. The HDMI cable, when plugged into my laptop makes the TV display the desktop automatically. Because of this, when i enable the dual screen, it extends my desktop to my laptop screen, and uses my tv for the main monitor. Does anyone know how to fix this?

A:Dual Monitor Main Monitor Issue

There's a nice guide here

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Hello, my laptop monitor recently was cracked and the screen is unreadable. I went out and bought a temporary monitor until I can fix my laptop's. Now the new monitor works in safe mode, but I can't figure out how to get it to run in regular startup. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated .

A:Multiple Monitor/ Cracked main monitor help

You may need to enter the bios and enable the external monitor, or there may be the user option on the keyboard of using a key marked "fn". If you have a "fn" key there will also likely be a key, such as one of the number keys, for example, that will have an icon on it that resembles a monitor screen, maybe two screens. Using that key while holding down the "fn" will switch between monitors in most instances.

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I've got a program on my Vista machine that prints postage. When I confirm the postage, a window pops up.

No big deal, except it ALWAYS pops up on my primary monitor, regardless of whether I am using the program on monitor 1 (primary) or monitor 2. This is rather annoying.

This did not happen with my old computer in XP.

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So my issue is that when I log into my computer it will some times (not all the time) revert from a side by side multi monitor setup to a over under setup. Like if you go into screen resolution settings I will have it set to monitor 1 on the left, and
monitor 2 on the right, then when I lock the computer and then log back in, it will have monitor 1 positioned over the top of monitor 2. 

I'm thinking there is possibly a default that it keeps going back to, but I'm not sure where I would look for that, other than the screen resolution settings. Another possibility for the origin of this problem could be Microsoft User Experience Virtualization
Agent, which we have installed on all our computers here to synchronize the various setting we have connected to our profiles. It looks like UEV might synchronize monitor layout settings, and with that it could be some how defaulting on an over under set up.
Overall I am unsure of what to do about his. 

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So my issue is that when I log into my computer it will some times (not all the time) revert from a side by side multi monitor setup to a over under setup. Like if you go into screen resolution settings I will have it set to monitor 1 on the left, and monitor 2 on the right, then when I lock the computer and then log back in, it will have monitor 1 positioned over the top of monitor 2.

I'm thinking there is possibly a default that it keeps going back to, but I'm not sure where I would look for that, other than the screen resolution settings. Another possibility for the origin of this problem could be Microsoft User Experience Virtualization Agent, which we have installed on all our computers here to synchronize the various setting we have connected to our profiles. It looks like UEV might synchronize monitor layout settings, and with that it could be some how defaulting on an over under set up. Overall I am unsure of what to do about his.

Any one have any ideas?

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My laptop's monitor is broken, so I use an external monitor plugged in through an HDMI cord. I updated to Windows 10 and can't figure out how to toggle between display settings. I know you can do Windows + P and select expand, but seeing as I have a broken laptop monitor I can't do anything.

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This one has me stumped, hoping someone can lend a hand.
(The rig in question is up to date in my system specs)

I currently run a triple monitor setup, all the monitors were purchased at the same time, and are the following model:
Asus VS247H-P 23.6-Inch LED Monitor

The three monitors are all connected to: XFX DD Radeon HD 695X (Cross-fired with an identical OEM/Model/GPU) All three are connected to a single card (which was tested out of cross-fire beforehand, and each card was tested separately)
The monitors are arranged as shown below:
1-DVI ========2-Display port to DVI (active adapter)======3-DVI
With monitor one being the far left, monitor two the center display, and monitor three the far right display.

The best way to describe the issue: There seems to be a single blue pixel on display 2 that stays in the same place, but this pixel does not show up when the color displayed is solid white, solid black, or solid red.
To rule out the usual suspects:
-All cables have been checked with new replacements (on two different rigs)
-Both cards have been tested and work properly (on two different rigs)
-The cards are NOT overclocked
-The display that shows the pixel has been tested as well (the pixel does not appear on my test rig)
-Disabling eyefinity does not resolve the issue
-Removing the second card does not resolve the issue
My question: What am I seeing? A stuck pixel? Artifacting?
Could the active adapter be causing the issue?
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A:Color anomoly on single monitor of triple monitor setup.

Sounded like a stuck pixel until you mentioned it doesn't show itself in solid black. It's possible it still could be though, have you tried any of the remedies?

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Hi there!

What I want to do: "...extend my desktop on a second monitor, but, my second monitor is compounded by 2 HDMI TVs and a VGA LCD stage monitor both used as Duplicate setup in Windows 7".

How I have done this (and it works!):

-I have 4 diplay devices (2 HDMI TVs that are connected using a splitter and two monitors both on VGA);
-I also have two "video cards" (GPU): one Amd radeon hd 6570 (with VGA, DVI, and HDMI ports), and Intel HD onboard (aprox. 1GB with VGA output port).
-I have connected the TVs with a HDMI 1x2 splitter on amd radeon's HDMI port, and one of my VGA monitors (this one acts as a STAGE MONITOR for the singer / artist lyrics).
-The integrated Intel HD card has my "Control" monitor attached that I use as my primary monitor (the one that shows me the Desktop and the lyrics control application).

Software aspect of the problem: In Windows 7, I use my Intel HD video card as my primary display, then I can extend on a second monitor the desktop! (The second monitor is my VGA Stage monitor). The Third display that appears in the setup is the HDMI splitter, this one is a Duplicate of my stage monitor. I use: 1680x1050 resolution for my primary display, and 1024x768 for the second monitor... (I know, this resolution is too small for my HDMI TV's... Windows recommends me a 1900 x ... fullHD resolution, but my STAGE MONITOR does not support that much, so I need to use a small resolution).

PROBLEM: EVERY TIME I DO THIS SETTIN... Read more

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Hello I basically need conformation that I'll need to buy a new monitor in order to have a dual monitor set up with my current system. I'm not super tech savvy so if you need any other info please let me know.

I have a Radeon HD 6670 with 3 ports, an HMID, VGA (which is my monitors type) and DVI. Each port has a stamp next to it that indicates what port type it is/supports (the VGA has a CRI stamp next to it though). My main VGA monitor works fine with the VGA/CRI port, but my second I have to use a VGA to DVI adapter and it's not working.

I've gone through a lot of forums, and found some conflicting information. So I really want to know is it possible to use a converter/adapter or will I need to just go out and buy a new monitor that has a DVI hook up?

I hope I don't need a new monitor, I'm on a very tight budget. (la sigh)

A:Radeon HD 6670 Dual Monitor setup not detecting 2nd monitor

I would try one of these before giving up on the monitor:

Rosewill 10ft. DVI-A (24+5) Male to HD15 VGA Male Analog Video Cable w/ Ferrites Cores, Model RCW-900 - Newegg.com

Forget adapters, you might not a have a compatible one, the DVI connector has many variants.

Look at that cable end and make sure it would fit on your video card's female DVI connector (it should), it's DVI-A (analog only) to VGA which is analog only....

More info:

http://www.datapro.net/techinfo/dvi_cables.html

http://www.cableorganizer.com/articl...or-pinout.html

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Running dual monitors in Win 10 and when going through the Color calibration steps on monitor #2 (Control panel / Display / Calibrate color) the settings stick as long as the 2nd monitor is active.

If I switch to single display (Windows Key + P / PC Screen only) then the 2nd monitor loses its color calibration. Also anytime I reboot my PC (Even if I have both monitors active) the 2nd monitor loses my calibration.

The 2nd monitor has a fairly strong bias for the color Green so I can always tell right away.

I'm probably overlooking something and was hoping someone might of dealt with this before

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I've been running a multi-monitor setup for a while now, with an ASUS VG248QE 144Hz monitor as my main, and one or more spare monitors as secondary displays. I've set the ASUS monitor to 144Hz without issue in the past, while the other monitors stay at 60Hz.

The other night, Windows wanted to update. I figured it was the usual patch session, so I let it do its thing. However, after restarting my computer, I noticed that my ASUS monitor would only operate at 144Hz if it was the only monitor plugged into the system. When I try to set it higher in the Nvidia control panel, it just reverts back to 60Hz after applying changes. I updated my graphics drivers (though I was only one version behind) and even sought a special ASUS driver for the monitor to resolve the issue, but nothing has helped.

Did Windows recently add a forced refresh rate sync between all monitors recently? If so, that really sucks because I only own one 144Hz monitor.

A:Dual monitor setup locks 144Hz monitor at 60Hz

Are you sure the other monitors are independent (dual or multiple mode) rather than cloning the main monitor? If they clone the main monitor, then this explains the 60Hz refresh rate, as all settings (resolution, color depth, refresh rate) should be common for all monitors and the others can only do 60Hz.

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I am having troubles getting my dual monitors back.
Initially had a GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI video card and was using the on board video (Biostar G41 M7 MB) for dual VGA monitor setup.

I've installed a Radeon HD 6670 1GB PCI-E video card with monitor one setup via DVI to VGA adapter on output one and 2nd monitor on VGA onboard video.
I cannot get the second monitor to detect in any configuration. Tried looking in BIOS of MB, using 2nd DVI (w/ vga adapter) on Radeon card.

Am at a loss and I hope I have provided enough information for some assistance.

Much appreciated

Weeg

A:Radeon HD 6670 Dual Monitor setup not detecting 2nd monitor

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Weeg


I am having troubles getting my dual monitors back.
Initially had a GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI video card and was using the on board video (Biostar G41 M7 MB) for dual VGA monitor setup.

I've installed a Radeon HD 6670 1GB PCI-E video card with monitor one setup via DVI to VGA adapter on output one and 2nd monitor on VGA onboard video.
I cannot get the second monitor to detect in any configuration. Tried looking in BIOS of MB, using 2nd DVI (w/ vga adapter) on Radeon card.


I don't understand why you are using a combination of DVI (to VGA) out of your HD6670 to one monitor, and also using the VGA out of your motherboard to the other monitor.

Am I interpreting what you've done correctly? You are using just the DVI output from your HD6670 through a DVI-to-VGA adapter and on to your first monitor, and also using the VGA output from the onboard graphics of the motherboard to feed the second monitor? If so, this is very wrong.

Your new HD6670 has TWO video outputs of its own: one is DVI, and the other is VGA. You should connect your second analog monitor to the VGA output of the HD6670, not to the onboard graphics VGA output.

Also, if you can disable the onboard graphics in the BIOS that's definitely what you should do when you install an external video card as you've done. At the very least you should give priority to the new PCIe video over PCI (which was your old GeForce card, and probably o... Read more

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First of all, hello! And thanks for your time!

I am running a dual monitor setup with my TV hooked up via HDMI to my laptop.

Everything was working fine before, I always had the laptop as my main display yet I could play a video or a game fullscreen on the TV.

Since a couple of days, as soon as I put something in fullscreen, it immediately goes on my laptop, regardless if it's open on my TV or my laptop.

I don't remember changing/installing anything that could've changed that...

I checked a bit in the AMD vision software and the Windows control pannel but I can't seem to solve my problem without switching my TV as the main display.

I also made a quick search on google as well as here but the problems were mainly with Flash, which isn't in cause here.

Here are my system specs:

Toshiba Satellite L75D
Windows 7 home premium 64-bit
AMD Radeon 6520G

Thanks!

Djoulz.

A:Dual monitor setup - fullscreen goes on wrong monitor

My desktop has my LCD monitor through Display Port and my TV through DVI. What I do is have my multiple monitors set to "Extend these displays" and make the LCD the primary display. Ive included two pictures of what my settings look like, first is with the LCD(1) selected and the second is the TV(2).

I will say that sometimes the program you are using forces the fullscreen to go to the primary screen, I have had this trouble with Everquest a number of years ago. There was a program that you could run with the game that allowed you to put the game window into boxes, different screens and a bunch of other things.

I primarily use my TV for watching movies/tv, Media Player Classic does a great job of being able to open to fullscreen in either monitor, regardless of how the monitors are setup.

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 Have a eliteone 800 g2 with additional hp E240c monitor.Want a setup with dual monitor, but no detection of the E240c.Have followed the installation guidelines from the E240c and connected with the displayport cable on both machines but no additional monitor detected.  Graphics intel hd graphics 530 has factory special driver. Looked if driver should be updated, but no driver was found to update this config specific driver. Who can help me out why it doesn't work. Posted to support team but no respons after 3 days , so hope this forum can help me out.

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Have a large screen tv on wall connected with HDMI to computer. Have a Samsung monitor on my desktop. Cannot make the desktop my primary monitor no matter what I do. (although have had this working before). We had a break-in and monitor was stolen. So replaced with new but cannot make it primary.....always defaults to samsung tv on wall. I have tried all normal solutions.... unplugged all....began with desktop monitor....added tv, etc. Have spent way too many hours and am sure answer is simple. HELP PLEASE!

A:wrong primary monitor in dual monitor setup

Right click on your desktop, select Screen Resolution, then click on the screen you want to make primary. Select Multiple Displays, and it should be there!

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Hi,  What was the solution for this issue? I have the same and can't find a solution. Updating the drivers didn't solve it. Thanks,Regards

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Need help with dual monitor setup. First time trying to do it.

2 Problems
1.
Second monitor does turn on, but is only showing native resolution (1024 x 768) but it has the ability to go up to 1280x1024.
I want to to be able to set it to 1280x1024.

2.
Second monitor will not boot up along with computer.
I shut down my PC, the monitor is still plugged in, and it doesn't wake up automatically.
Things I've tried
- Updating drivers, obviously. (Nvidia, etc.)
- Uninstalling default driver of second monitor in Device Manager then rebooting computer, then plugging out and replugging the monitor back in (so it reinstalls) because it doesn't boot up on its own.
- My Power Options is set to "High Performance" so that's not the reason why my 2nd monitor isn't booting up with my PC.
- I have tried plugging in the VGA cord of my second monitor into the mother board but it didn't come up.
General Information
- The second monitor is an HP Compaq LE1711
- The second monitor is plugged into my GPU? via a VGA cord into an HDMI to VGA Pigtail Adapter (company: ATIVA), into an HDMI port.
- The main monitor (1920x1080) is plugged into my GPU?, via a VGA cord into VGA to DVI-I Dual Link Adapter, into a DVI-I port.

Picture of what I'm seeing:


I'm pretty sure I've got some of the terminology wrong (I'm not a computer expert).

Any help is appreciated!

DXDIAG

DxDiag.txt

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I have the 2nd setup through a vga to hdmi cable but it just sits there black with "check signal cable."

2nd monitor is an lg2241

Tried:

- multiple re-boots
- downloaded a driver from LG but don't see that it did any kind of install. Double clicking it's zip file opened it and clicking on the three files did nothing but open gibberish code.
- at screen resolution I see multiple displays and I have it set on extended.
- Clicked detect and identify
- #2 says display device on vga
- tried unplugging and reconnecting the cable (hdmi to vga)

I'm lost. SOS!

lol!

Thx,
Dave

A:Dual monitor setup hdmi to vga on 2nd monitor shows nothing

Dave welcome to the Seven Forums.

That cable won't work unless the VGA port on the computer/laptop supports digital (highly unlikely), as VGA is an analogue signal and HDMI is digital. To get it to work you would need some kind of converter not an adapter, which that cable essentially is.

Assuming this is your monitor,

LG E2241V-BN: 22" Full HD LED LCD Monitor | LG USA

is says it has a VGA port on it. If it does then just use a plain old VGA cable.

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I have a dual monitor setup, where the laptop is hooked to a 2nd monitor (TV) thru an HDMI . I primarily use the 2nd monitor. Can I blank screen the 1st (laptop screen) monitor, yet continue to use the 2nd monitor with the lid open for access to the keyboard?(I noticed with changed settings in Win7 control panel, I can close the lid without cutting off [sleep, hibernate or shut-off] the computer and had to reduce the 2nd monitor display to fit the visible screen. But to use the keyboard one has to open the laptop lid, which kicks in the 1st screen)Thank you

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So the title explains most of my problem, ive connected 3 monitors to my computer but it detects all 3 as one very large monitor, im not sure if this is a setting that i just cannot find and change or if it is within the detection, as is im using the nvidia control panel to set a custom resolution in order to make the monitors display what they should, but this leaves me with only the option of using them as if they were in span mode, i am not able to use them as three seperate monitors

my specs are as follows:
Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
Amd FX-8150 at 3.6ghz
32768mb GSkill ram
Galaxy MDT GeForce GTX 580
3x LG Flatron e2241 monitors

if any more information is required i will be happy to provide it, thank you in advance.

A:Triple monitor setup detected as one large monitor

Were you expecting to run 3 different programs and have one on each screen? If so, what were you going to do about the keyboard? Were you wanting to view 3 different photographs at one time? Telling us why you connected 3 monitors would be a help.

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I purchased a MSI K7T266 Pro2 version 2.0 Socket A Motherboard DDR KT266. I had an AMD 1900 Palomino in another computer, so I know it is fine. I finally put everything together but I cannot access anything in the Hardware Monitor setup to change the CPU FSB from 100 to 133. The whole right side has nothing on it, i.e., arrows, up/down, etc.. And once I am in it, I have to reboot to get out of it; escape will not get me out of there. So now I am only running at 1200mhz with the 100mhz FSB. According to the manual "Monitor functions available only if there is harware monitor mechanism onboard". Whatever that means. But the specs on this board supports the AMD palomino 1900.
http://www.msi.com.tw/program/produc...UID=320&kind=1. So something is amiss. Any ideas? thanks
 

A:Unable to access Hardware Monitor setup in BIOS to change FSB- MSI K7T266

Did you ever figure this out? I'm having the same problem. Same MoBo, AMD 1800 Palomino, can't reset FSB from 100 to 133 because the Hardware Monitor freezes when I try to access.
Thanks--
 

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Hi,

I have a PC which has a dual monitor setup. I have obtained a third backup screen. I was wondering if this screen could be a mirror screen for one of the monitors. I have students which come to my room all the time, so it is easier if I can hook the monitor near the desk rather than they stretch their heads or come over cramping the space there.

The monitor has to be mirrored as I can see what I'm doing on my side and they can see on their side.
Monitor (connection)
1st monitor: Dell S340L (HDMI)
2nd monitor: Dell E190S (VGA)
3rd Monitor: Acer x193W (this monitor will be the mirrored monitor) (DVI)

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Hi,

I have a PC which has a dual monitor setup. I have obtained a third backup screen. I was wondering if this screen could be a mirror screen for one of the monitors. I have students which come to my room all the time, so it is easier if I can hook the monitor near the desk rather than they stretch their heads or come over cramping the space there.

The monitor has to be mirrored as I can see what I'm doing on my side and they can see on their side.
Monitor (connection)
1st monitor: Dell S340L (HDMI)
2nd monitor: Dell E190S (VGA)
3rd Monitor: Acer x193W (this monitor will be the mirrored monitor) (DVI)

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Some backstory: just one month ago, I started to think of what will be the other use of our TV and it's HDMI cable. When I cleaned out my PC, I noticed that my card has an HDMI port so something came into my mind; and after 2 weeks, I decided to use my TV for a larger monitor and it works fine. In the coming weekend, I'll work with 2 displays. I'll use the 32" (capable of 1080p) as the main monitor and my stock 20" as a side monitor. So I can still do things while doing other things? I may not be able to connect with my internet since the positioning of the modem and the TV is away from each other so I can't immediately ask for support nor receive it. Also, is it possible to have different backgrounds in each monitor? And another question: if there will be two displays (with different contents being shown from one another), will it mean that the GPU load will double? What programs will I use? Is there already a built in program?

Specs of GPU and the displays:
Palit NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 2048 MB (VGA, DVI and HDMI)
Stock 20" HP monitor
LG 32LF20FR 32" 1080p TV (from what I can remember, it's from 2009)

A:Setting up a multi-monitor display w/ a 20" HP monitor and a 32" LG TV

Hi there
the easiest way is to use WINDOWS + P and simply use the EXTEND option - then you can move things at will between the two monitors. Remember though the resolution will be that of the device having the SMALLEST resolution (not necessarily the smallest screen !!).

For different Backgrounds you could use the desktop program in the sysinternals suite - this gives up to 4 "Virtual desktops" that you can split out over the two monitors.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/s.../bb842062.aspx

Extract the DESKTOPS.EXE file - works on W8.1 too

Couple of Caveats with DESKTOPS.EXE though -- desktop version of IE only works from DESKTOP 1 - if you start IE again from desktop 2,3,4 then the windows are stacked up in desktop 1.

Charms etc only operate from primary desktop (desktop 1)

Toolbars, desktop icons etc all work correctly on each desktop with the exceptions outlined

Cheers
jimbo

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Okay so i bought a new computer and a monitor and it says multi-monitor feature not enabled when i have everything plugged in and it shows that and doesn't show anything else. Just a black screen that says that PLEASE HELP.
 

A:Monitor Says "Multi-Monitor feature not enable"

where are you plugging in the monitor cable on the computer??
do u have onboard video ports AND a add in video card on the new computer??
 

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hello I have a question and I have tried reading up on this but does not answer my question , right now I have a 24inch lcd/led tv/monitor 720p highest resolution I can get is 1360x768 but I do have a 23inch monitor that gets 1920x1440, so I cant decide what one will have the better screen to use, I mostly read, write , and sometimes what videos, and play games from facebook on it..

thanks for any help

A:whats better a monitor or tv/monitor setup

I would go with the 23" monitor to get the higher resolution unless you sometimes watch DVDs. DVDs can sometimes look better on a TV monitor as opposed to a computer monitor when the DVD is being played on a computer. Beyond that, I don't know if there are any benefits to using the TV monitor.

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Hello All,
Yesterday I was surfing the internet, not doing much of anything, no new updates, no new driver or hardware or software installs, just a slow day checking the forums. Everything seemed normal so I leave the computer to go do something for about an hour. When I come back and pressed the space bar (that is how I wake up my computer) the computer fires up but there is no picture on my monitor. It is dead. So I restart the computer and I can get the BIOS screen on the monitor, and I can navigate through the BIOS screen and on start up I can see the Windows emblem on the monitor, but after that it goes black again. So I dig out my old monitor and hook it up and it works perfectly. My main screen is a Samsung S24D360 hooked up by HDMI to my motherboard, I have no graphics card. My old monitor is a 19 inch HP hooked up by DVI-D. I uninstalled and reinstalled the Intel Graphics driver, I got a different HDMI cable off of my Blu Ray player and tried that, I scanned for malware and everything, but still no signal on my main monitor. I need help to figure this out. Thanks.

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A:Please Help, No Picture On My Main Monitor

I just booted in safe mode and I got identical video in both monitors. I am beginning to think that this is NOT an HDMI handshake problem but it is something else. I just don't know what to do at this point.

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I have a Hannspree M17W1 monitor, is bout 2yr old and a few hours ago while I was using it it just went black. I turned it off and then back on and got an image for about 2-3 seconds before it went black again. I rebooted, but again only see an Image for about 3 seconds.


I am now using a different monitor and everything is working I tried switching from DVI to VGA on my main monitor but still the same thing happened it only stays on for 3 seconds.


I have just in the last few weeks got to UNI so am on a very tight budget, I can use this shitty small monitor for a while, but studying Computer Games tech I kinda need a decent monitor, it it worth taking it to a PC repair shop, sending it back to the manufacturer for repair, attempting a self repair , (over 2 years so does not qualify for 2 yr Euro zone legal Warrenty)

Or is it not worth it/ just buy new. Doing a quick google I have found some tutorials on what to look for, but in the past I have always managed to mess self repairs up! Might be bad tutorial, might just be me being an ideot.






gobbybobby
 

A:My main monitor died!

if I was to buy a new monitor, I like the look of this one

http://www.ebuyer.com/242578-philip...lcd-23-hdmi-monitor-with-speakers-234el2sb-00

I want a HDMI input as I have a PS3, and the Hannspree did not support the PS3s HD input forcing me to use it in SD. The reviews on Ebuyer and a few other sites are very good and the monitors price is not too bad. Unless anyone can make another suggestion Im gonna order this on monday.

At the end of it, even if I do get the other monitor fixed, I can just use it to duel monitor with, even if there is a slight size difference, or just flog it if, bet I could get 40-50 for it down CEX maybe a bit more on the Ebay.
 

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Okay here's my situation:

I got a SyncMaster 2253BW monitor, which is currently plugged into my PC. I recently acquired a PS3, and am now wanting to plug that into my monitor. That part is easy, as you can just get a DVI to HDMI converter. What I was wondering though, is if there's any way to get a cable, so I don't have to unplug my computer from my monitor. The cable would be any normal DVI cable, but at one end it would split into a HDMI and a DVI.

I hope I'm making sense
 

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I have no idea why my laptop isn't letting me switch between main monitors. I have an Acer laptop with Vista and an Acer Al1917W lcd monitor connected. When I first set everything up, I couldn't figure out how to make the lcd monitor the main monitor. Well, lucky for me, I did something that made that happen. Well, now I can't figure out how to make the laptop the main screen. I right click, go to personalize, then display settings. That's what anyone would do. But the option to make either monitor the main one isn't available to check off. Does anyone know a solution to this problem? If you need to know any more information, reply back and let me know.
 

A:help setting the main monitor.

Usually to switch displays on a laptop it's an Fn+F key combo.
 

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