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Switch Primary Monitor from Laptop to External-Without Looking at the Primary Monitor

Q: Switch Primary Monitor from Laptop to External-Without Looking at the Primary Monitor

When my laptop is plugged into an external monitor, the laptop screen is the "primary" display, where programs automatically open, etc. Is there a way to make the primary display not the laptop screen but the external monitor screen? Here's the catch--is there a way to do it *without looking at the primary monitor*?

I have this strange request because my laptop's screen recently died. I have connected an external monitor, and so can still use the computer--more or less. The problem is that I can't see my start menu, etc--they are all on the laptop screen, ie, the dead one.

I know, normally, how to switch the display: I would right click on the desktop and select "personalize," then "display" But when I do this, it opens the display in the primary monitor (the broken laptop monitor) and I can't see it to change the settings. It's a sad catch 22.

If anyone could help me with this is would REALLY appreciate it. Thank you.

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A: Switch Primary Monitor from Laptop to External-Without Looking at the Primary Monitor

Hi nomonitor, and welcome to TSG

Check your user manual for the laptop to see if has has a special key or a Function key that lets you toggle between the internal display and external monitor.

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The laptop our family shares recently had its monitor broken. It displays half of the screen, but will not stop shaking. I have it hooked up to an external monitor, but I am unable to use it to display the laptop screen without changing the display settings via the laptop. Is there some command I can use to set the external monitor to display the laptop screen? Or do I need to replace the laptop screen?

A:using an external monitor as a primary monitor for a laptop

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I posted a thread for quite some time about our laptop having issues with its own screen. Now it's fixed, I was wondering how we could make our external monitor as primary. The screen doesn't work now but the laptop is usable.

We plugged in a VGA adapter to a monitor and it shows up. It starts on the "Welcome" screen. I would want to know how we can see from boot, the logo, "Windows is starting"(i think that was it), etc.
Thanks in advance.

A:How do I make external monitor as primary for laptop?

On some laptops, if you have an external screen plugged in, both the LCD screen and the External screen will show the POST, Starting Windows, and then the login screen. Some laptops do not, as the external could be only ran by the Operating system. I used to have an old Acer Aspire 5536 with Windows 7 Home Premium x64, and I would have an external screen plugged in for gaming. My system always booted from the primary, and never showed on the external until Windows was booted.

You can set it as your primary in Windows, but not as primary in the BIOS, unless there is a setting to change that.

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Hello all,

I've set my external monitor as primary because the laptop screen is broken, via Q&A: How do I make an external monitor my laptop's primary display?.

However, when waking from Sleep the primary display is switched to the broken laptop screen instead of the external. If I hit Window+P on my external wireless keyboard, I am able to select the external monitor and then it will come on, most of the time.

Is there a way to set the external monitor as the primary after sleeping? Perhaps a third-party program or registry tweak? I've googled around and searched this forum, but have not had much luck. All drivers are up-to-date

I found this forum post which looks promising, but not sure if the solution proposed is applicable to my case.

Thank you.

Laptop: HP Pavillion G6-1d60US
Monitor: Viewsonic VX900

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I'm trying to get my external monitor set as my primary from my laptop. I have gone into the 'Display' and tried different settings. I've tried the FN F4 button... a message will say "Switching to external monitor" but nothing happens.

This monitor has worked before. It is an ACER. Please Help.

* Also, in the 'Display/Settings' when I click #2 as my primary and then click 'Apply' or 'OK' it always disables the #2 monitor.

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I am using Dell XPS 7000 series. And it has UEFI for booting. I want to make the external monitor as my primary. May i know if there is any way to do it.

A:Make my external monitor as primary

What is the exact system model? 
Assuming you have Win 10 OS installed, kindly review these links to set the external display to primary.
Link 1 | Link 2
Hope this helps.
Also, please click my DELL-username and write me a private message with the service tag and your Name for case records.
Let us know if you have any other queries.

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Laptop: HP OMEN 15-ax003nMonitor: HP 22xw Monitor 21.5" DisplayConnected via HDMII'm having issues when trying to play a video in fullscreen on my secondary monitor. I'm runing dual screens with the external monitor being my Primary Monitor  So when I play a youtube video in fullscreen on the secondary I can hear audio, pause,play etc but it's just a black screen.However, if I make the laptop screen my primary display in the microsoft display settings and play a youtube video fullscreen on the secondary monitor it works.... but I can see the quality is not as clear as it should be. Is this an issue with the graphics cards? It looks like the laptop runs of the intel card and the monitior runs of the nVidia... or do the display sizes just not work together?

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Hi I'm using Window Vista Home Edition. I've been using an external CRT monitor with my laptop for several months without problems. To connect to the external monitor, all I do is tick the 'extend to this monitor' button then 'apply'. I can then move windows to the external monitor and watch movies.

However, since yesterday my laptop does not display images. I put on the external monitor and noticed that my desktop, icons, etc were all on the external monitor. Even worse I when I go to the display settings, I see that the external monitor is labelled 'default monitor'. On the Nvidia control panel it is shown as 'primary monitor' and has the number 1. When I try to set my laptop as primary on the Nvidia control panel it brings up a dialogue box to stop me from changing it.

To my surprise, I now have to tick the 'extend to this monitor' button to view images on my laptop, which is a blank desktop with blurred image and colour. Also I have to move the mouse to the left of the CRT monitor to get to my laptop screen, the complete reverse. When I click on 'identify monitors' it shows my CRT as 1 and my laptop as 2!

This is crazy! I need my laptop to remain as the default monitor, number 1, and primary. But it now seems the CRT has taken over as my main display.

When I power off, disconnect the CRT, and power on, the display returns to my laptop. But as soon as I connect the CRT to my laptop, my laptop display goes blank and the CRT takes over.

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A:Display headache! My external monitor is labelled as default, 1, and primary.

Well, i do it by first clicking extend on the lappy screen, then click, make this my primary screen. Try that out.

I also use win dows control panel instead of nvidias software.

Welcome to TF

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Dell engineers have appeared to have overlooked a setup on the new m5510 precision laptop.  Originally found on a laptop and pro support was going to send out a new motherboard and lcd, however I reproduced the same scenario on another brand new m5510.

If you hookup an external monitor to the laptop via the built in hdmi port and than in windows configure that as your primary (disabling the laptop screen).  Also turn off windows action to sleep when you close the lid.  Now close the lid to use the laptop as a 'docked' computer with the external monitor and mouse/keypad.   This will function fine, however once you try to 'restart windows' here is where the bios is not functioning correctly.

The laptop will shutdown and a white Dell log will popup on the external monitor and stay there.  Than the LED on the leading edge of the laptop will begin to flash an error sequence (2x amber followed by 7x white and repeat).  I am told that sequence references a defective LCD.  The LCD works fine, all diagnostics pass.

The problem appears to be that the computer/bios is not properly recognizing that the external monitor is hooked up (despite it showing the dell logo) and is throwing this error fault haulting boot to the OS.  With the lid closed the built in LCD is deactivated, but the external is definately there the whole time.

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A:Precision M5510 External monitor (primary) & lid closed software/bios design flaw

I have the same problem, I have seen the 2x Amber followed by 7x white many times. I tried a Dell TB15 dock only to find it even more buggy. I returned it, awaiting the supposed TB16.
Question is, is Dell going to do anything about it? Do they even test things like this before releasing new firmware?
Did you ever find a solution qwerytfsadg?

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Hi guys,

I have a really annoying problem... I have a dual screen set up on my desktop pc, and when I open a video in any media player and move it to my secondary monitor, it automatically plays full screen on my primary monitor as well!!

It's been going on for a while now, but just thought I'd actually see if anyone can help me!

I'm running win xp pro sp 3 and my video card is ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro... does that help?

Anyway, is there a setting somewhere that I need to address??

please help!


A:Playing videos on second monitor automatically plays full screen on primary monitor

Have you tried installing the lastest drivers? And is the second monitor spanned or cloned? I don't know here to tell you to look as I'm an nVidia guy...haven't used ATI in years.

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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).


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Pretty much what I asked in the Subject line.

Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop's display goes obscenely dim a few seconds after windows loads up, safe mode, VGA mode, doesn't matter, and I'd assume just DOS as well. I can tell the bulb is off, as hinge area no longer gets obscenely hot. I can read what I have to with a flashlight so I can drag windows onto the monitor I've been using as an extension of the desktop, but is there any way to set that to my main display? (I.e. where the start menu and taskbar is and the such)

In theory there should be a way, but the "Use This Device as my primary monitor" option is greyed out. Anyway to override that?

A:Solved: Laptop Bulb dies after 10 seconds, can I set a monitor as the primary display?

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I've searched some forums and while i have found all sorts of dual monitor problems i haven't found this one.

I have a MSI M670 laptop ( with nvidia 6100Go graphics card ) and a Samsung SyncMaster T240HD. I always connected my monitor with a VGA cable on my windows xp and everything worked fine.
After i've installed Windows 7 when i connect the monitor to my laptop automatically the laptop monitor is disabled and the Samsung becomes the primary display.
If i press windows_key+P Computer Only is selected and whatever i select from the list ( duplicate, extend, projector only ) nothing happens and Computer Only is always selected.

In the Nvidia panel under the "Set up multiple displays" option after i connect the Samsung it becomes the only option so i cannot revert to my laptop display whatever i do.
Rigurous Display Detection does not help at all.

Any ideas ?

A:dual monitor problem (primary monitor disappears)

Have you been to multiple displays option in nvidia control panel and selected them both?

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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 everyone,
I'm having an issue with my displaying settings and I'm hoping someone here can help me to solve this.

I recently had an older HP Pavilion Media Center m7760n Desktop PC rebuilt. The old power supply fried the motherboard so I need to get a new power supply and motherboard. Here are my current specs.

Mainboard : Asus P5QPL-VM EPU
Chipset : Intel G41
Processor : Intel Core 2 Duo E6420 @ 2133 MHz
Physical Memory : 2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - WDDM 1.1)
Hard Disk : WDC (1000 GB)
Hard Disk : WDC (250 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CD/DVDW TS-H653L ATA Device
Monitor Type : Hewlett Packard HP w22 - 22 inches
Monitor Type : Samsung SyncMaster - 15 inches
Network Card : AR8121/AR8113/AR8114 PCIe Ethernet Controller
Network Card : AR5006X 802.11a/b/g Wireless Network Adapter
Operating System : Windows 7 Ultimate Professional 6.01.7600
DirectX : Version 11.00
Windows Performance Index : 2.9
As you can see from above, the "video card" is actually integrated into the motherboard.

The computer works perfectly except for one major problem. I have 2 monitors, one is 22" with 1680 x 1050 resolution and the other is a 15" monitor with 1024 x 768 resolution. At the back of my computer I have a VGA port and a DVI port. The 15" is connected to the VGA port and the 22" is connected to the DVI port.

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A:Primary Monitor switches to secondary monitor

I am having the exact same issue. Did you ever fix this?
I just posted a similar question in this thread: http://www.sevenforums.com/graphic-c...s-changing.htm

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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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My computer desk sits next to my entertainment system, and I have it connected to two monitors: the primary 22? Viewsonic LCD (DVI) and my 42? Toshiba TV (HDMI hooked in via my receiver). When I just want to browse the ?net or email, I use the primary monitor. For gaming and movies, I use the TV. For a couple of years now, I?ve had display options to always display the TV (monitor 1). If the TV was off, it would default to the Viewsonic, per the Windows feature to always default to the current monitor if only one was on. If the TV was on, it would stop feeding the Viewsonic and default to the TV, so that any games or movies would display on the TV and not cause any issues fullscreen. This way the TV being on or off determined whether the PC would feed to it or not, and I?d only turn on the power hungry TV for entertainment.

About a month ago, my monitors started behaving oddly. The PC would power up normally and load Windows to the Viewsonic, and during the load up screen the Viewsonic would power down. The only way to see the screen was to turn on the TV. This is on Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium (up to date).
Things I?ve tried:Set the Viewsonic to be the primary monitor and settings to only display on the Viewsonic. Result: If the TV is off, there?s no video to the Viewsonic. If the TV is on, it is black (as expected since I've set the monitor to receive the feed) and the feed goes to the Viewsonic.
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A:No feed to primary monitor when secondary monitor is off.

Was anything done to this system just before the problem started?

Have you swapped out the cables and/or tried a different connection to the monitors?

This sounds like a failure either at the video card or the viewsonic monitor electronics, so I would try swapping out the video card and monitor if possible to confirm or eliminate them as the culprit, this can include the cabling.

I had something similar happen when one of my monitors went bad.

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Hi guys,

I'm having a bit of an annoyance with my dual monitor setup. It seems videos will only show on the primary monitor. I tried everything I coud think of in the Control Panel and NVIDIA control panel also but no luck... maybe a DirectX thing?

Any pointers?


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Monitor is plugged in vga. Toshiba tv us plugged in hdmi. When I turn my computer on it thinks the tv is the vga monitor. If I unplug the tv and have just the monitor it recognises it but if I then plug in my TV. It then switches to that screen and won't return to the monitor even if I unplug my tv. It won't play sound through my tv or recognise it as one. I can't use windows and P as it does nothing. I want the monitor to be primary and tv as secondary with sound. Help me please

A:How do I add hdmi tv as secondary monitor and vga monitor as primary m

sweksybaby welcome to the Seven Forums.

This should be what you are looking for,

Display - Change Main Display

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I understand the frustration with this. If I use two VGA monitor ports, I can toggle the monitors any way I choose. If though, I want to use aa VGA as the primary (#1) monitor, and I use HDMI as the extended monitor, IT then becomes #1, and the app that I am running becomes useless. I need o be able to manipulate the video feed from the #1 monitor, the VGA, and display the chosen video on the HDMI monitor. Now, how do I manage this in Windows 10? I use use both monitors in my project.

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I cant change my primary monitor. It is grayed out. I did it before, but I dont know how I did it. Im running an xp

A:Change primary monitor?

Correction, the box is grayed out, it wont let me change the primary monitor. I want my secondary monitor to be my primary.

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Hello, first post here.

I have been having this recurring issue that I find VERY annoying, when I start Windows after the machine being off for a while, maybe a day or two, the primary monitor setting changes to my secondary display. As I do actually have two monitors on the video desk, it is fairly easy (for me) to change the setting to what it needs to be. But I am not the only operator that uses this computer, and most of the volunteers know little when it comes to computers of any kind.
Now you would think that someone with my technical background would have been able to fix this issue, and I can...using a 3rd party solution that costs money. Not the most optimal solution.
So, has anyone encountered this before?

edit: to clarify, I have been having this issue for few years, but I have been the only person using the system. And this was happening on previous systems as well

Specs of the system in question:
Custom Built Desktop;
Windows 7 Professional x64;
AMD Athlon x2 Dual Core Proccessor BE-2400 (64-bit);
2 GB Ram
(Primary) NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS using version Drivers;
(Secondary) NVIDIA GeForce 8500 GT using same drivers as above;
Avast! Antivirus;
Using the Windows Firewall, we are on a NAT based network

A:Primary Monitor Keeps Changing

fireball8931, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Curious as to why you're not running both monitors off of one card, as either one of them is more than capable of running dual monitors.

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Hi everyone

I had to disconnect my monitors, and a short while later re-connected them. When I turned my PC back on, at first Windows 7 had trouble even starting up, saying it had errors. I disconnected all my USB devices except keyboard and mouse and then Windows 7 started up OK.

I have my BenQ monitor connected with DVI and my LG with VGA. My graphics is onboard on the Asus. When I start up my PC now, the BIOS screens etc show up on both monitors, and the Windows logo shows up on both. But once I get to the login screen, the BenQ blacks out and only the LG is active.

I tried updating the Intel Graphics driver, that didn't help. All options under control panel show only one monitor, as does Device Manager.

This was working fine for a long time, now just by disconnecting and reconnecting the monitors, it's like Windows isn't aware of the DVI port.

Any suggestions for a fix?



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I enjoy multitasking so I have a dual monitor setup. When I'm watching a movie and doing something on my other monitor, the taskbar of my primary monitor pops up covering a section of the movie which is in fullscreen albeit quite small. Is there any way to stop this popup of the taskbar that covers a section of the movie until the exit it out of fullscreen.

A:Primary monitor taskbar

This is a bug/feature in Windows Media Player for which I can't find a workaround or fix aside from watching the movie on the secondary screen or using a different media player. VLC Media Player does not exhibit this behavior in full screen mode. Changing the taskbar's behavior so that it hides itself when not in use does alleviate the problem, but not entirely.

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I have an Acer Aspire laptop which is getting the BSOD. I can only start it in Safe Mode. My problem is I was using extended desktop and the tv monitor it is connected to is set as the primary monitor.
When I start in safe mode it only sees that monitor and doesn't have any options to change the primary monitor back to the laptop screen.
I would like to get it changed to the laptop as the primary monitor so I can copy files to an exterior drive in Safe Mode without being connected to the external monitor.
I figure I can't fix the laptop so I just want to get files off of it. But if I do bring it to a shop I would like the display on it working anyway.

A:Get back to the primary monitor

Have you tried the Win Key + P combo? + P

A Guy

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Hello, I have a multiple monitor setup problem with my new mobo ( Gigabyte GA-EG43M-S2H )

The onboard VGA in BIOS is set to Enabled : Always.
I have an Nvidia 7900GS in the PCI-E port.
The Primary display is set to Onboard in the BIOS (because if I set it to PGE(PCI-E Graphics) then the onboard video card driver fails to load in XP, it says "Device failed to start, code 10".

I have 3 monitors, so normally with this setup the BIOS and boot screens appear on the monitor which is plugged in the onboard port, which is fine. Then in XP I want to switch the Windows Primary monitor to one of the monitors connected to the NVidia 7900GS card. It should be possible, but the screen just blinks when I apply the setting and gets back to the onboard connected monitor being primary.

I have already achieved such an operation previously with another motherboard and a regular PCI VGA card and the same NVIdia Card. PCI primary in BIOS and boot, Nvidia primary in Windows. Here with the onboard PCI VGA chip, no way of making my NVidia connected monitor to be the Windows Primary one.

Do you have any suggestions please ? All drivers are up to date, XP has all patches.


A:Set primary monitor failure

USUALLY, when you install a video card you need to DISABLE the onboard controller.
Dual monitors is typically seen with dual output ports on the video card OR
a 'Y' connector from a single ported controller.

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Trying to get this app to open on secondary monitor, or maybe there is a workaround. I use lotus 1-2-3 a lot, a program from 1998. No matter what it wants to open on my primary monitor, which I do not want. I've tried the trick where you unmaximize it, move it to the secondary monitor, close it, then re-open it in hopes it will open on the secondary monitor but that does not seem to work.

btw I use displayfusion pro 3.1 for multimonitor management and want to keep using it. I read that ultramon may be better, but do not want to switch.

Lately I've been coping by doing a workaround where I make my lotus 1-2-3 monitor my primary instead of secondary, then moving all desktop folders and taskbar over to the other monitor (which use to be the primary), but then it becomes annoying anytime I save a new file or folder to the desktop, I have to manually move it from the new primary monitor back to the old one. Kudos if you can follow along here.

Any other ideas?

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This might be a dumb question but I am going for it anyway. I have connected a second monitor to my dell inspiron 2650 laptop and I've been trying to make it the primary monitor. It worked a couple months ago at my girlfriends with this same monitor, but now that i have her monitor here I can't get this to work because the "use this device my primary monitor" is grayed out. I'm trying to play counter-strike on the bigger one and I have had no luck at all

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I'm running Win 10 and I now have two monitors. One is a 23 inch Acer actual monitor and the other is a 32 inch Samsung TV w/no sound. The sound failed. I use the TV as the 2nd monitor and it keeps coming up as monitor #1. I want it to be #2.

What I have done is turn off the PC and disconnect the cable to the TV and turned the PC back on so just the Acer is connected. Then I re-connected the TV. While the PC sees both monitors it shows the TV as monitor #1 and Acer #2. What is another way I can get the monitors switched and have the Acer as #1?



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I set up my computer with my HDTV on the raised platform in my living room. I have the HDTV connected to my graphics card via HDMI cable. When I start my HP computer the HP splash screen comes up and then the screen turns black and I do not get the Windows 7 login screen. However my grpahics card has an additional port (DVI) and If I connect a monitor to the computer in addition tot he HDTV and start the computer I get the HP splash screen on the monitor and then eventually the Windows 7 login screen will come up on the HDTV.

If I then discconect the monitor and leave the HDTV as the primary display and turn off the computer and reboot the same thing happens where I get the HP splash screen and then goes black. Can anyone tell me how I can just get the computer to recognize the HDTV as the primary display and the windows 7 login screen to come up on teh HDTV? Thanks for any help that I may be given!

A:Trying to Use My HDTV as a Primary Monitor

When you hook both the monitor and the TV up to the computer, go into the display settings and look at what the computer is recognizing as the main display. If it recognizes the monitor as the main display, you can just change the settings to the TV as the main. This should solve your issue when you unplug the monitor

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I'm running a laptop (Compaq nc6220) and had my Dell LCD monitor setup as my primary monitor. I don't know what I did the first time to get it to work this way...just changing settings over and over until it worked right. But then IT had to rebuild my machine, and now I cannot get the LCD to run as my primary. The LCD does work fine as the secondary, but I need it to be the primary.

In Settings, when I click the checkbox of the LCD to be the primary monitor, both screens temporarily go black, then when they come back, the laptop is the only monitor that works, and the Extend to this Monitor checkbox of the LCD has been unchecked. I have tried every resolution and quality setting, with no luck.

Both display drivers 1 and 2 appear as "Plug and Play Monitor on Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express.

Any ideas on what position the stars, sun, and moon must align to get this to work? Thanks for any help!!

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I wonder if there are any Techheads out there looking for a challenge?

I have a new Toshiba LCD HDTV that I want to use as the primary and only monitor for my Toshiba Satellite laptop.

I want to eliminate the laptops screen altogether.

I would like to know if there exists a connector or some other way to connect my laptops ribbon cable output to a VGA output and then to the HDTV via a VGA cable; or if there is a better way to go?

The screen on this 4year old laptop got cracked so I have to spend at least $75.00 for parts alone and if I go that way I might as well buy another laptop, or use a desktop with a wireless keyboard which will cost more than $100.00 to set up.

Besides, this seems like a kinda cool fix so if anyone has any bright Ideas, please respond.

A:Toshiba Laptop to Toshiba LCD HDTV as primary monitor

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My Gateweay with a 8800GT, Vista 32 bit and with dual 21" dell monitors sometimes after sleep the primary monitor will not wake up (the other monitor well) or sometimes the screen has a bit of graphical noise. If I reset the resolution all is ok (until the next time). This started about 2 months ago. I know it is not the monitors because I switched them.

Now my new Acer with an 9800 GT, Vista 64bit with 2 Samsung 24" monitors is doing the exact same thing. I highly doubt I have 2 problem video cards so it must be a driver issue.

Any ideas, I now have the latest Nvidia drivers installed...

A:Primary Monitor will not always come out of sleep mode.

Hello JesterMagic, welcome to Vista forums!

Have you tried to roll back to an earlier driver?

Keep us informed!

Later Ted

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Early yesterday, I noticed some strange artifacts?multiple little horizontal lines running perpendicular to a horizontal line?on the desktop on my primary monitor only. They also appear in some programs when running on that monitor. I tried to take a screen shot of them but, even though they showed in the screen shot before saving, after saving the miserable little buggers disappeared so I had to resort to using a camera. In the first shot, you see some of them attached to the left vertical edge of the right hand sticky note.

Here you can see them attached to the left edge of the two center folders.

Here the little buggers have attached themselves to the left side of some letters in the text.

I've tried rebooting the PC and restoring from an image taken a week ago; no joy. Anyone have an idea what is causing this and what I can do to fix it?

A:Weird Artifacts on Primary Monitor

Does it appear if you use another monitor as primary?

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I just recently bought a gaming PC for Christmas.

i Turned on the power with the screen connected through the mobo's Vga adapter but it wouldnt display anything, the monitor kept displaying No signal and turning off.

So i connected the VGA to my graphics card and it worked, but my problem is that i want to be able to connect 2 monitors and if 1 port (MY primary) doesnt work i cant do that.

I can use my computer through the secondary Vga port, but its on my graphics card, so if this is a driver issue i should be able to fix it right?

PC Specs:
AMD Phenom II X2 545
Graphics card: Nvidia Gforce 9500 GT

Please help



A:Primary monitor wont display

open up bios when the computer starts up. there should be a setting there for onboard graphics.

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So I have been at this for a while now, and I have ruled out that it is something to do with windows 10.

I have swapped out the PSU's of the screen, the screen itself and no matter what I do, it will always be my primary screen, I even proved it my swapping the screen configuration, plus, I did a system refresh without anything installed, and the problem persisted. I am guessing it is a scheduled task, but which one?

Specs are below

This is from my previous thread:

"Hello all,

Recently I have wired to screens up as dual screens, they were working fine at day 1 but after the left screen (main monitor) has started turning itself off completely.
As soon as I boot, the screen goes black and I am greeted with the screen startup logo, then "no signal detected" Windows will only pick up the one screen (right monitor) until I restart the screen from the plug. My main monitor is connected via HDMI from the GPU into the screen, and the other DVI to HDMI adapter, again from the GPU, The weird thing is no matter what I try, it will always be the left screen, I have tried:

Swapping the screen over with another
Changing plug sockets,
System Refresh
Swapping screen power supplies
installing drivers
swapping HDMI cables

I can only assume it's something to do with Windows, but what is it?

Any help would be much appreciated,

P.S I will remove any of my other posts to prevent double posting.

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Hello and thanks for a great forum. This is my first post since I am a brand new Windows 8.1 user as of a couple of days ago. I have recently updated to Windows 8.1 and am enjoying it. I have been adjusting defaults to my liking easily enough. But I am having trouble with one small item in my dual monitor setup.

In the Taskbar and Navigation properties, I have unchecked the setting "Show Start on the display I'm using when I press the Windows logo key". This does what I want in regard to always displaying Start on my primary monitor regardless of which screen I am working on when I click the Windows logo key. But if I try using Win+S to open the Search bar (or one of the other search hotkeys as well) while a window on the secondary monitor is active it opens on the right side of that secondary screen instead. Any other time, the Search bar opens on the primary monitor as expected. I'm hoping there is a way to make the Search bar always dock to the right side of my primary monitor as well, but I haven't found how yet.

Has anyone else solved this already or is this something I need to learn to live with? I appreciate any feedback. Thank you.

A:How do I make Search bar appear on primary monitor only?

Hi jgarcia, welcome to Windows EightForums!

Actually, if you press the Windows key to bring up the Start screen and just start typing the search bar should always come up as you desire.

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At my church, we are having trouble with every Windows 7 laptop where we connect a projector and attempt to extend the desktop. We try to select the laptop display as the primary monitor, but Windows keeps selecting the projector as the primary. We typically connect the projector using an RGB connector before the laptop is turned on but the projector is on.

This should be simple; was always on XP; set it once and it never caused this problem.

Any help here?

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I'm using a Sager 3790 notebook with 2 GB of memory, a Centrino 1.7 Ghz and a Mobility Radeon 9700.

Installation went perfectly. The card was detected by Windows Update and drivers were isntalled for it. They're from December 2008. Okay, that's fine and dandy... BUT...

As soon as the drivers install the highest resolution available on the primary display is 640x480. Why? Because Windows won't/can't detect my primary monitor. It shows up as an "Unknown display device."

I can attach an external monitor and adjust its resolution all day. I can also remote into the laptop and that works fine.

I am nearly 100% confident that I cannot change the display resolution because the monitor won't detect correctly. I can't manually force an install of a monitor or change the "Unknown display device" driver because that section is grayed out in the "Advanced Settings" under the Display Resolution tab.

Any ideas?

A:Windows 7 Won't Detect My Primary Monitor

Under Device Manager, can you uninstall the monitor and reboot so it's re-detected again?

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I have this laptop running windows xp that has a video out on the back. It seems that I can only figure out how to extend the desktop to a secondary monitor.

What I am trying to do is make the secondary monitor my primary monitor. It seems that the secondary monitor has that option grayed out in the display settings area.

Is there a way to make the secondary monitor my primary one? Thanks.


A:How to make attached monitor the Primary

Usually hotkeys are used like for mine Fn+F5 pressing them changes whether two displays one display etc.I guess you know you have to have the TV plug in and on and then reboot you PC.Display settings is the best place to look.It could be that your video card won't do that but I doubt that.If it's working on the external monitor try the hotkeys

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i have a compaq presario 2178cl notebook computer..i just bought a 21inch monitor i wanted to use as my primary monitor..
my problem is i never have the checkbox available on my secondary monitor to make it my primary in display properties..how do i go about using my 21inch as my primary monitor???

A:{RESOLVED}enabling primary monitor

i dont know about your laptop, but on mine you press the function KEY (Fn) and F8 which toggles between LCD and CRT.

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I am using dual view to spread my desktop across two LCD monitors of different brand & resolution. One is at 1920x1200 and is my primary monitor. The other is at 1280x1024 and is my secondary monitor. While the primary monitor is DVI capable, I am using the RGB on both because my DVI cable is buggered.

When using 3d software such as blender, I get a low FPS on my primary monitor, but when I move it over to the secondary monitor it increases significantly.

The 1920x1200 monitor is clearly marked as the primary monitor on my Nvidia control panel, my windows vista control panel, and it also carries my taskbar. As I understand it, it should be the secondary monitor that has the lower performance.

Switching my smaller 1280x1024 monitor to the primary monitor results in the 1920x1200 monitor receiving the increased FPS. Ideally I would like to work with the larger monitor as the primary monitor.

I am at a loss as to a solution, and I've found little good information as to what governs which monitor receives the higher FPS.

Thanks for any input you can provide.

A:Solved: Low 3D performance on Primary Monitor

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I leave my computer on after a trip to Virginia, computer may/may not be in sleep mode (It never worked. Set to a 3-hour inactivity schedule), came home, and only my secondary monitor turns on from sleep. The first fails to wake from sleep (After turning on).
GCard: NVidia GeForce GTX 560, most recent Driver (Has happened even before this version update).
Primary Monitor: Acer S200HL LCD monitor.

This has previously happened (Except Secondary Monitor didn't turn on. I probably had not played around with it enough to wake up), and restarting my computer is the only viable fix. Previously, I could not turn on my computer with two screens without a problem. The Windows Screen would load up fine, but when I get to the Login Screen, it blacks out.

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A:Primary Monitor fails to turn on

Unsure if I asked in the wrong spot. Please let me know if I did.
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Greetings all,

I've never had this issue before so I am alarmed by it. Yesterday I noticed that some (but not all) of my steam titles were no longer locking the mouse to the primary game window. I am using dual displays of the same resolution in an SLI setup.

I've reinstalled steam, and rolled back my nvidia drivers as well to no avail. In Torchlight, for instance, during gameplay you can actually mouse out of the primary window and onto the secondary monitor. Obviously if you click there the game minimizes...which is not so good for torchlight.

In L4D, the behavior is different. You can mouse out during menus, but not during actual gameplay. Alien Swarm does this as well.

I really could use some insight here. I don't want to have to disable a monitor to get a game to behave correctly.

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Greetings all,

I've never had this issue before so I am alarmed by it. Yesterday I noticed that some (but not all) of my steam titles were no longer locking the mouse to the primary game window. I am using dual displays of the same resolution in an SLI setup.

I've reinstalled steam, and rolled back my nvidia drivers as well to no avail. In Torchlight, for instance, during gameplay you can actually mouse out of the primary window and onto the secondary monitor. Obviously if you click there the game minimizes...which is not so good for torchlight.

In L4D, the behavior is different. You can mouse out during menus, but not duri... Read more

A:Mouse not staying on primary monitor

Are your games running in windowed mode?

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I have been searching all over for the following problem:

I have a normal dekstop-pc setup with a 24" monitor hooked up to the graphics card with a DVI cable.

To be able to watch a movie on a bigger screen, I hooked up a standard 40" TV to the graphics card via the HDMI cable.

I then Duplicate the screen and play the movie on the PC (they are in the same room). When I do other work on the PC, I turn the TV off.

For me this works fine, the problem however is this:
Windows 10 now sees the HDMI-TV as the FIRST monitor, and my desktop as the SECOND.
(I didnt realize this for a long time until I played a game recently and the screen kept flashing and I was having all kinds of problems where the game just wouldnt run right, which was solved when I pulled out the HDMI cable.)

So, how can I tell Windows to set my Desktop monitor as the Primary and the TV as the secondary, and leave it that way without having to switch settings when gaming or watching a movie.

Thanks for your help,

A:HDMI TV becomes primary monitor when plugged in.

Look at here: Nvidia control Panel > Display > Set up multiple display.

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Application (Adobe Reader) consistently opens in my external monitor, despite efforts to make it open in primary:
1. Move window to primary, close, re-open.
2. Shut-down Windows, disconnect ext. monitor at monitor, start Win.
3. Move window to primary, re-start Win.

Other aps. do not behave this way.

How can I make the ap. open in primary?

A:Application Will Not Open in Primary Monitor

If I understand your question. This may help. Before shutting down go to single monitor and unplug the second screen from the computer at the computer.

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