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Vista Dual Display Issues (8800GT)

Q: Vista Dual Display Issues (8800GT)

Ok so I've researched for the past week and have found nothing so I figured I'd ask you guys for some help.

I just upgraded from XP to Vista Home Premium (32 Bit) and I'm having a heck of a time getting my dual display working. I'm using an nVidia 8800GT card with dual DVI out. The first is going to my 24'' HP monitor, the second is going to my 42'' LCD TV. In the nVidia Control panel, it is recognizing both however, when I go to clone the screen the secondary monitor turns on but it is just a black screen, no image.

I've been looking all over for fixes for this and have yet to find any, this is really hindering my production capabilities so any help would be much appreciated. Thank you.

Preferred Solution: Vista Dual Display Issues (8800GT)

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Vista Dual Display Issues (8800GT)

Thats weird, cuz it's showing both.. hmm what driver are you running that 8800GT on. 175.19 or osmething?

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I recently hooked up a secondary monitor to my ati 9800 XT, and its crap!

It's a Goldstar Stuidoworks 76i monitor. I have a dvi-vga adaptor and a regular vga-m/m cable. the problem isnt with the dvi cause if i plug my good monitor into the dvi adaptor, it works well and the 76i is still blurry.

the problem is if i change the resolution to anything greater than 800x600, the picture gets very fuzzy, and unusable. i've tried lots of different freq. combinations, and tried changing the colour as well. i looked all over for drivers for the monitor but i didnt find any for XP, i found something that was basically colour profiles, i loaded them, but they didnt change anything.

am i forgetting something? or is the monitor just CRAPOLA?

thank you so much for your help!!

-:evil: satan.

A:Fuzzy Secondary Display? 9800XT dual display issues.

Well since you checked to DVI adapter with another monitor I say your monitor is going bad. How old is it? There might be a label with the year on it the back. I have seen this happen to monitors only old 3 years old but usually it monitors older than that.

Other signs indicating its near death is a high pitch whine at higher resolutions or max brightness and contrast.

Tell us what you find.

Good Hunting

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OK so i just got two 17" lcd monitors for my computer and want to hook them both up for a dual display, with the desktop extended onto the second monitor. So far i've tried using the onboard graphics + PCI, as well as PCI+PCI, but niether works adequately. PCI + Onboard lets both screens be used, but only 1 displays correctly. The onboard graphics is fine, but for some odd reason the PCI card will only give me the options for a 800x600 resolution with 4 bit colors. As for PCI + PCI, it will only allow one PCI card to work at a time. Is there anything I can do about this without going out and spending money? I'm broke, so really any money spent is impossible. lol.

PCI 1= nVidia Geforce 6200 (Primary GPU)
PCI 2= nVidia GeForce FX 5200
Onboard=Intel chipset something or other....i had to uninstall the drivers to get my primary PCI card to work right again

I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3......Any and all help is appreciated Thnks

A:dual display issues

wow ok im an idiot. problem fixed wit a DVI adapter.

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I recently purchased two LG L203WT LCD monitors. I have an ASUS NVIDIA GEFORCE 6600 GT with a DVI and a VGA port. When I plug in both monitors, one will work fine a the native resolution of 1680 by 1050, but the other will only go to 1600 by 1024. I have updated all drivers. I'm pretty sure it's not a problem with the monitor bacuase the problem switches monitors when i switch the cables. through a complex process of switching between the dvi cable and a vga to dvi adapter, I can get them both to the correct resolution, but it reverts upon computer restart. The problem is not just with the monitor plugged into the DVI port, sometimes the one on the VGA port has the problem. could the problem be related to the fact that my graphics card only has one dvi port? Tigerdirect is selling a setup very similar to mine but the graphics card has two dvi ports. (http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3106998&CatId=2776) Should I buy a graphics card with two dvi ports? Or do I need a second graphics card? I'm completely out of ideas.

Thanks in advance for the help!

A:Dual display issues

What's the max res for the video card?
What's the max for each monitor?
Try lowering the res for both so the max up correctly..
If both monitors have DVI you can get a DVI Y monitor split..

connects to the video card --female with two male ends (for each monitor to connect)

Don't mix VGA and DVI together is has to be one or the other. It might work for some but I don't recommend it. Unless you use a VGA Y cable to split the two monitors.

Again don't max the res until you can get the both of the monitors to work correctly.

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I've had a two monitor setup for some time. I'm using an Acer monitor and a flat screen TV. Everything has been going fine until the latest Windows update last week.

My Acer was always the main display and it turned into monitor #2 after the update. I've tried all the ways to get the Acer back to #1 to no avail. On top of that, the TV has scaling problems and icons bleed off the bottom of the screen.

I've tried all the ways to switch them back but... nothing.

When I highlight #2 in Display Settings the "make this main display" is grayed out. Now I read that this means that monitor *is* my main display, but it's not. When I click on "identify" it always says #2. I've even unplugged the TV from the computer and rebooted without the TV attached. When I re-attach, back to the same thing. I don't even have to physically redo the setup. How can this be resolved?

A:Dual display issues

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Hi all

I have spent a long time investigating this with no luck yet. I have a 4k display and a second 1080p display. Using the Skylake onboard Intel HD 530 graphics. Either display alone works fine at native res, however in dual monitor config, the smaller display appears fuzzy/aliased. This is not just the text but the entire content and seems to happen for all apps including Edge. I have messed around with the display scaling with no luck. Even when both are set at 100% (making the 4k content super small) the problem persists. I have verified that both are at native res and have the latest drivers. Doe anyone have any more suggestions?


A:Issues with dual display 4k + HD

I could be wrong, because my only dual-monitor setup uses identical monitors, but I always though you would need a third-party app, like Display Fusion, to handle multiple monitors with different resolutions. Maybe this is still the case?

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Hi all

I have spent a long time investigating this with no luck yet. I have a 4k display and a second 1080p display. Using the Skylake onboard Intel HD 530 graphics. Either display alone works fine at native res, however in dual monitor config, the smaller display appears fuzzy/aliased. This is not just the text but the entire content and seems to happen for all apps including Edge. I have messed around with the display scaling with no luck. Even when both are set at 100% (making the 4k content super small) the problem persists. I have verified that both are at native res and have the latest drivers. Doe anyone have any more suggestions?


A:Issues with dual display 4k + HD

I could be wrong, because my only dual-monitor setup uses identical monitors, but I always though you would need a third-party app, like Display Fusion, to handle multiple monitors with different resolutions. Maybe this is still the case?

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I have the following system:

MOBO: ASUS P5N32-SLI Se Deluxe
OS: Windows XP Pro
Processor: 2.9 Ghz dual core
Memory: 4GB System RAM (it's 32-bit so only sees about 3)
Hard Drive: 250 GB x 2
GPU: Nvidia 9800GT x 2 running SLI mode

I just purchased a Wacom Cintiq12 drawing/display tablet and I'm trying to set it up as a second display monitor. The Cintig is plugged in to the same GPU card as my main monitor. There are two things I'm confused about. For some reason, In the Display properties settings tab, Windows shows me as having three monitors, when I should only have two. Also, after I installed the drivers for the Cintiq, one of the monitors was correctly identified as a the Cintiq, but after reboot it defaulted back to "Default" monitor in the drop down box. In any case, for some reason, I can't assign the tablet as a second monitor in the Windows settings panels. When I activate the second monitor and check "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor" and click apply, it unchecks it automatically and does nothing.

With my current NVidia settings panel, I do not see any multi display options for SLI mode (if there are any). I tried disabling SLI but that still will not display on the Cintiq. The only way I can get the Cintiq to display is to make it my primary SLI target on the NVidia control panel.

Does NVidia support dual displays in SLI mode? Is this a know issue? I want to run my main monitor and my Cintiq display simultan... Read more

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I've been having some issues with dual display with a T440s and a 40A2009US Ultra Dock. OS is Windows 7 64 Enterprise. I two identical Dell LCDs connected to the dock. One via VGA and the other DVI. Both displays are being mirrored and I can't seem to change it. There is only one monitor listed in Device manager.Both external monitors will only display an image if the PC is started closed from the docking station power button. Removing the laptop and replacing it on the docking station does not wake the monitors and there is no image until the laptop is manually shutdown and restarted. I have updated graphics drivers, as well as any driver related to the dock (USB3.0 etc). I have tried a displayport to DVI connector as well, no go. After some research I discovered the firmare may need to be updated. The synaptics package from the lenovo support downloads site gave me the message that my firmware was already up to date. The other fwdphb06.exe that is recommended elsewhere would not update. When I double-click the package there is no install prompt or process being run. There is an external monitor connected to the dock. I have swapped the dock for another, as well as the power supplies for each. I'm stumped. Any idea what my issue may be?

A:T440s+Ultra Dock Dual Display issues

I have the same problem and worse, when resuming from sleep it will often fail to bring up one or both of my monitors and I have to manually unplug their power cords to revive them. Worked fine with my old Thinkpad and dock. Trying the firmware update now... Lto 3 tapes

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Hi All,
We've installed a number of Dell Optiplex 3040 machines running Windows 10 pro x64 at a customers site with dual Dell E2316H monitors connected directly via VGA and display port cables.
Two users have reported daily issues of the monitors flickering black and going off before coming back a few seconds later.
We've tried updating the graphics driver, firmware, changing power settings and swapping out cables for new ones - none of this has made any difference.
We've also asked the users to move desks and connect to working monitors. The issue followed the PC's and occured on the other monitors.
We only have remote access to the machines at the moment so Dell won't help troubleshoot.
I've seen other posts reporting the same issue with the Optiplex 3040's so wondering if this is a known issue.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

A:OptiPlex 3040 Dual Monitor display issues

Can you Private Message me a service tag of one of the systems that is having this issue? Also does it seem to matter what port/monitor is doing it, or are both monitors flickering?Best regards,Brad

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Ok... sorry that my first post is a cry for help.

On XP I was running two cards. The 8800gt for my main LCD and TV and a 5200fx for my two side monitors. Worked fine on XP... had to use different drivers for each card though (extracted the 5200fx drivers, then installed them via the device manager to the 5200).

On 7, if the 5200 is plugged in, 7 will not "see" the monitor on the 8800gt. I thought perhaps the 5200 wasn't compatible with 7, but if I install the 7 drivers for the fx series cards then Aero and everything works.

My question is, why will 7 not let me use monitors on both cards simultaneously?

Anyone else had this issue?

A:dual card trouble... 8800gt & 5200fx

In bios, set the primary display adapter to be PCI-e. That 8800 is the PCI-e variety of the card, correct?

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Hello all,

I am running a HTPC with windows vista. My case come with a 7" touchscreen display, and i also have it connected to my 46" LCD. I have them running in extended mode (dual screen)
Problem is when i switch the tv to other output modes IE switch to xbox 360 and then come back to the HTPC, the PC pc will scan and reset the screen resolution. the tv will stay at 1920x1080 but the 7"LCD will move from 800x600( where it need to be) to 1024x768, this throws off the software that is running on the touchscreen and it just doesn't look right i always have to manually set the res back to 800x600, is there a way to lock the res to stay at 800x600? the tv holds the right res but i can't understand why the smaller 7" can't. this has been eating me for months now.

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Morning, Trying to figure out something here, this is, for all intents and purposes, something new for me, as I've been mostly a "Mom n Pop" Tech vs "Business Tech" so, anyway. I'm working with M900, and M910Q with Intel 530 Integrated for video. I'm trying to trouble the following issues to verify if I missed anything, before punting said minipcs to Lenovo for RMA. Anywho, issues: 1. A M910Q, only the DP port with the metal bracket will work. When the Primary is plugged in, any secondary plugged into the other ports will show up under that port when looking at it in the Intel GFX Display view. I figured this out when I changed the resolution on the 2nd monitor, primary changes. Primary is the live monitor. 2. We have a number of M910s and M900's where when trying to use dual monitors, thru DP -> VGA or DP -> DVI. Monitors would flicker like strobe lights. This can sometimes be bandaided by swapping cables and adapters, but not completely remove the issue. I will point out that we do not have any actual DP Capable monitors on site. Not yet anyway, and those that will be, are going to ThinkCentres with Discrete Cards in them... Ideas? Am I miss anything? I don't see anything in the BIOS to help me, and updating the drivers doesn't seem to provide resolution either. Most are running old drivers, but a few are running the latest for the machine.

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I got an 8800gt today - but when plugged in there is no display and no beeps. the fans are working and all necessary cables are plugged in. I have tried prioritising onboard graphics and still the same problem. If the card is taken out and onboard graphics used alone then it will work. It is not the PCI-E slot because my old card still works in it. the old graphics drivers have been removed.

Specs:CPU: Celeron skt775 3.06ghz 346
Mobo: P4m900m2-l
Mem: 2gb Corsair ValueRAM PC2-5300
HDD: 160GB Western Digital
Sound: 2.0 speakers PC-Line
OS: XP Pro
PSU: 370 watt Trust psu (it says on the PSU calculator it's enough)
Any advice? thanks.

edit: just realised it's in the wrong forums... could someone move it?
edit 2: I am trying to install the 8800GT drivers while on integrated graphics... but I get an error saying it is not compatible with my current hardware. I have done it before with my 8400GS (run IG while on drivers)... any way to bypass this?

A:8800GT - No display/POST

I can almost guarantee you that it's the power supply. Those trust power supplies are cheap and nasty - it won't be supplying enough power to the card.

Upgrade to something that can handle the card & will last you a while like the Seasonic S12. http://www.ebuyer.com/product/129949

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My XPS600 came with factory installed dual GeForce 7800 GTX in SLI mode. Worked fine. When I tried to upgrade to GeForce 8800 GT OC cards my PC showed a yellow mark against one of the cards in Device Manager. Properties info indicated not enough resources and to disable another device on the system. (Code 12).
How do I fix this? Why would the dual 7800 GTX's work and not the dual 8800 GT's?

A:Solved: Dell XPS600/ Dual GeForce 8800Gt = Code 12

I solved this problem by flashing back the Bios from A11 to A06. Works fine now.

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I need to color calibrate both an NEC display and wacom cintiq 12WX. Anyone know how to do this in vista ultimate x64? system specs below:

MSI X58 PlatinumSLI ATX LGA 775 / Motherboard
Intel Quad-Core i7 940 2.93GHZ 8MB L3 Cache / CPU
6x Crucial 2GB 240-PIN DIMM DDR3 / RAM
Seagate Cheetah 146GB SAS 15.6K RPM 16 / Hard Drive (OS)
3x Seagate Cheetah 300GB SAS 15K RPM 16MB / Hard Drive (Data/Scratch)
MSI nVidia GeForce 9800GT PCIE 512MB DDR3 256 / Video Card
Adaptec RAID 5405 SATA/SAS Controller
NEC MultiSync LCD2690WUXi / Display
Wacom Cintiq 12WX / Display/Tablet

A:dual display color calibration in vista ultimate x64

you can select and adjust each monitor individually within the NVidia control panel , right click desktop and select nvidia control panel , then select the advanced mode

in the monitor section both your monitors will listed and shown , just click on the one yo want to adjust and the brightness ec properties will become available

as for the actual method of how to calibrate im assuming you already know that ive no idea

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Hi All,

I am facing an issue with the installation of Win XP Pro SP2 , i have a pre installed Windows Vista Home edition with me . 3 months back i installed Win Xp in my machine and made it a dual booting , and it was working fine. At this time, Vista was in C Drive and XP was in D drive. It was working fine . One month back, i had to format D drive and entire OS XP was gone ( no change made to C drive ). after that i am not able to boot the machine using WinXP installation CD . The machine works perfectly in Vista . but When i try to install win XP the system is getting hanged . The current situation is , when i boot the machine with Win XP installation CD , then the machine saying . 'press any Key to boot from CD ' and when i press any key the machine gives me a blank screen ... and it does nothing , i kept it for half an hour but still it was a blank screen .. Please help me ...


A:Vista XP Dual Boot issues

Hi , Please help me .....

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Hi guys, wasn't sure whether to put this in XP or Vista forum, Thought both would be a good idea but I thought that'd be naughty. Could a MOD do it for me if I'm allowed . Anyway...

I have dual-booted a machine with vista and XP following this guide


It was all working fine for about a year. The customer has now bought a Velociraptor 300GB and wants to run the 2 OS's from there. I ghosted the old install over and it works fine except for one thing...

After booting into vista, the first time you boot into XP afterwards it BSOD's then thereafter will boot fine, until you boot into vista again.
Go back to XP BSOD's once then fine thereafter...???

Was fine on old HDD which a generic 400GB WD.

Any ideas???

A:Dual Boot Vista/XP Issues

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Alright... I'm not sure how to word this so I'll just start by saying I'm sick of Vista eating 800 mb+ of RAM, even while idling. So, I made a partition, and went for the task of installing XP 64-bit pro edition. I spent quite a bit of time on Google trying to make sure I did everything right, and downloaded VistaBootPro 3.3 (I don't have a Vista install disk, just a recovery partition). Reading things through, I installed XP on the partition, rebooted into XP in said partition, ran VistaBootPro, but it did not recognize XP.

Nothing came up for "Earlier version of Windows" (or whatever it's supposed to say at the boot-screen) and it's left me with two options:

Stick with Vista
Stick with XP

I'd prefer having access to both, but don't have a working knowledge of boot-loading (the extent that I know is that Vista doesn't boot with a boot.ini file?).

Any help would be apprectiated

A:Vista to XP dual-boot issues

Hi and welcome to TSF.
Unfortunately if you want to dual boot you should install XP first then Vista.

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Evening All.

First post here, but as with most members Google led me here because I'm having some PC issues so I thought I'd get some advice here if no-one minds.

I have a Dell Vostro PC - it has 2 SATA HDDs and a DVD Drive. The original default OS was Vista Home Premium. Recently I wanted to try out Windows 7 Ultimate so I decided to set up a secondary partition on my primary HDD to install Win 7 there to test before taking the plunge with a full upgrade. This worked fine - I created the partition in Vista, defined it as the Y drive and successfully installed Windows 7 there no issue. All was well and I could dual boot both, although I have to say I mainly used the Vista install with the occasional Win 7 test.

However, in the last 24 hours things have gone very wrong and now neither installation works. Strangely nothing has been installed or changed on the machine yesterday to trigger this.

If I attempt to boot into Vista I get a Winload.exe error with error code 0xc0000428 telling me that winload.exe is missing or corrupt. Last night, I managed to get past this error once and into safe mode to perform a virus check, but since then it constantly cycles with the same error when booting or attempting to access advanced boot options.

If I attempt to boot into Windows 7, I get a bar saying Windows files loading and then the machine reboots without loading further. Same again if I try to access Advanced Boot Options for Windows 7.

Things I've tried so far are:

1. Booted f... Read more

A:Windows Vista and 7 Dual Boot Issues

According to a quick google search here's what you should do:

Boot to your Vista Recovery CD

A) Run a repair installation

B) Go to the Command Prompt section and run the following commands:

bootrec.exe /fixmbr
bootrec.exe /fixboot
winload.exe is missing or corrupt (no it's not!)

For future reference, System Restore and Repair Installations will fix most system related problems.

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So I built my first custom rig a few days ago (with a professional) and now I am having some issues. Whenever I play in a game, so far I have tried Crysis, Oblivion, and Fallout 3, my computer blacks out after a little bit of gameplay. Lets say about 20 minuets. Well, obviously, this will not do.
Here are my stats

Intel core 2 duo 3.0 ghz processor
4gigs dual channel ddr2 ram (2 2gig sticks)
nvidia 8800gt graphics card 512 mb ( I think this is the issue)
500 watt thermal take key 3 spirit power supply
250 gig sata 7200rpm hard drive
GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard

So, as I said above, the computer blacks out, no blue screen, no error message after about 20 minuets of game play. So far it has not happened while not in a game, this is what makes me think its a graphics card issue.
I think I might not have enough power running to the card for it to run for long periods of time, so if I need a new power supply, not a big deal.

I have all the latest drivers for everything in the computer, that seemed to help a bit. but it didnt solve the issue completly.

sorry for taking some of your guys time away, but I hope someone can help me


A:Power issues with 8800gt nvidia card?

Since this is a new build 2 things come to mind:
1. CPU Overheating
2. CPU shut down temp settings in the bios, incorrectly set

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When I tried to install 7 ultimate, it would always hang at "starting windows". I got past that by removing my 8800GT video card and plugging into my motherboards VGA out. I then installed the latest Nvidia drivers (, shut down, reinstalled my vid card and then could boot into windows. Now device manager shows my 8800GT and shows the right driver, but control panel won't start and it says "you are not currently using a display attached to an Nvidia GPU". I have reinstalled the driver several times with no luck. I have also run driver sweeper but when I did that I had to remove my card again and go back to the motherboard VGA out to get my system to boot. My card seems to be running in VGA mode or something. I cannot load any games and without the Nvidia control panel I can't set up Dualview for my second monitor. I have searched high and low for a solution to this but no luck.

A:8800GT - install issues and no control panel

Hello rolo, Welcome to SF!

Have you checked your BIOS and confirmed that your video card is set to Primary?


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Hey guys recently started having a problem with my GPU (I think it is my GPU) it's a Nvidia 8800GT 512Mb Overclocked.

Was playing COD 6 then suddenly was having major graphic glitches at a certain level. These problems extended to when I am not playing COD 6. Got all the newest drivers and such.

What I am talking about is when I turn my computer on. Even at the BIOS my screen starts to get little dots and lines all over it in weird places. I can move the mouse but after a few seconds half the screen cuts to black and rest looks really pixelated...

Any idea what's going on? The whole thing looks like some sort of sick green pizza...

Thanks for any help.

A:Nvidia 8800GT sudden graphical issues...

Your card may be overheating, use GPU-Z to find out its temperature
Download TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.4.6 | techPowerUp

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Hi. I currently have 2 harddrives, one 300gb and one 320gb. Up until about a month ago i was using XP on the 300gb drive and i didnt have the 320. I added the 320 and put vista on it. I like vista alot and i see no reason to keep XP. I figured id put my 300 in an external enclosure and use it for removable storage. The only problem is that the 320 is not bootable without the 300 attached. I take it that Vista put its bootloader on the 300 not the 320. So my question is: how do I make the 320 bootable without the other drive attached? The vista recovery tools are of no help.

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Hi everyone. I'm currently running into some issues with my Vista installation and I'm at my wit's end trying to figure it out. I'm new to the forum, but certainly not new to computer maintenance. I've tried just about everything I can to solve the issue but to no avail, so I am hoping you can give me some suggestions. I have done my fair share of searching for solutions as well. I'll do my best to explain my issue.

It seems as though I'm having some sort of display issue. For some reason, Windows is treating JPEG images differently and is having trouble displaying them. I started seeing issues after doing some registry "cleaning" and rebooting, which leads me to believe I deleted something important. I'm wary about reinstalling Windows and would rather try to fix this installation first.

After booting up, the first issue I noticed was that my desktop background (JPEG format) wouldn't display and it was just black. I went to change the desktop background and none of the images would preview in the background selection screen. The only image I could get to display on the desktop background was a BMP formatted image.

Here's a screenshot of what I saw:

The second issue I noticed came when I tried to delete an item on the desktop. When the pop-up window appeared asking if I really wanted to delete the file, the preview thumbnail appeared black.

Here's a screenshot of what I saw:

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A:Unknown Vista Display Issues

Additional details:
- OS: Windows Vista Business 32-bit SP2
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
- Video Card Driver Version:
- Monitor: SyncMaster 932BW/BW1932/932BWE plus(Digital)
- Monitor Driver Version:

Malware/Spyware applications used:
- Pest Patrol
- Spybot
- Advanced SystemCare (free version)
- HijackThis v1.99.1
- Malwarebyte

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Hi, everyone!

I'm at wits end trying to figure this issue out, and I've tried a boatload of "fixes" but nothing works.

Long story short - Bought a new computer back in May with Vista Home Premium pre-installed. I also bought an NVIDIA 7300GS video card for a little extra boost in display performance. No problems for the first month or so with the system, but then Vista started developing problems with the display. I'd get error messages such as "The display driver has stopped functioning and has recovered successfully." This was when I was using a Dell 19" CRT monitor.

A couple months ago I had some extra cash, so I bought an Acer 19" widescreen LCD monitor. Since then, I have been dealing with more and more display problems, and it's becoming a royal PITA. Upon startup, when the indicator bar appears on the screen along with the Microsoft Corporation copyright info, I get light blue vertical bars in sets of four displayed across the screen. The system then locks up, or manages to restart itself, directing me to use the Startup Repair function and restore to an earlier point. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.

Most recent headache happened on Saturday night, and again on Sunday night. The system rebooted itself, went into the Repair screen, searched for problems, restored, restarted, went to Repair again, and told me there were problems with the hard drive, and that the Repair function was going to check for ... Read more

A:Recurring Vista display issues

I am thinking that it might be a RAM memory problem. Use memtest, available here:
Download the ISO and burn it onto a CD. Boot it and run it overnight.

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Hi, I recieved a BSOD while playing Left 4 Dead on my PC.

I've attached the Temp error files

I'm not sure what other information you need. Just let me know and I'll find it.

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So I have had my computer for like 3 weeks, and it was working fine. Then all of a sudden while installing world of warcraft it froze completely. And since then whenever I turn it on my monitor doesnt come on. I put my friends video card in which is like a 7800 or something. And it works fine. So I reformatted reinstalled my drivers and tried again still wouldnt work. So I reformatted it again. And now it wont even let me install my drivers cause I put my old video card in it which is an ATI video card. So when I try it tells me the drivers aren't compatible with my hardware. Does anyone have any idea what I should do to fix this? please please help

Oh i have windows vista, and the video card works in other computers. Just not my new one.

A:8800gt Not Working With Vista


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I'm running Vista Ultimate 64 bit, my computer is randomly crashing in games (Company of Heros / Crysis). The video freezes but the sound continues for a bit, I have to Control-Alt-Deleted to exit though task manager.I have turn down the graphics for both games i have rivatuner to turn up my fans 100% on my GPU so heating is not the problem. I have updated my driver for my video card. Can some one please help! system spec are listed below

Can someone please help.

4 gb ram
700 watt ps
asus pk5-v (bios updated)
8800gt (drivers updated)
Vista ultimate 64 bit

A:Vista Ultimate 64 8800GT problem

Sorry the the motherboard is a P5K-V

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I have a lovely 1 and a half year old Mac Pro running Windows Vista Business 64 and recently changed it's Apple-standard Radeonx1900 XT for a Gigabyte Geforce 8800GT as the radeon has started having a few problems with artifacting and other graphical gflitches, it seemd the old thing had just decided to give up.

Now I've swapped in this new 8800GT however I am one of those people that is plagued by the Vista TDR error; I like to play the odd game or two and when I do it is inevitable that a) the game will freeze, the screen will go blakc and then the game will resume normally or b) the screen will turn black and not recover, forcing a hard reset by me to get a functional computer back again.

I've looked up and down the internet, found hundreds of people with similar or exactly the same errors and tried their suggested solutions (changing drivers, reinstall drivers, using 3rd party drivers etc) but none of these has fixed or even changed the frequency of the problem.

It seems there is just no fix, that I will just not be able to play games with my computer until Nvidia can actually fix the problem they are having with Vista.

Is that's what I'm stuck at? Just not playing any games?

A:Wits end: Games, Vista, 8800GT

bump. Does this need ot be moved?

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Hello. I am having an issue with my video card on Vista (32 bit). This is a brand new computer, and the driver is up to date. Device Manager is telling me "Windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems."

I am also getting errors on my screen savers, which I realize are related.

The Nvidia driver is up to date.

A:Nvidia 8800GT Problem on Vista

Try uninstalling the device from the Device Manager, reboot, then let Vista re-recognize it and add it back.

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I have Home premium (64bit version) and am running the following equipment:
I7 920 Processor
8 Gig Ram
X58 EVGA Motherboard
GTX280 Nvidia Graphics Card
On board realtek high def sound device

Samsung Syncmaster T240 Monitor

OS boots fine every time but then when I try to use an application such as a Game, IE or Thunderbird mail the screen will scramble to a wierd mix of primary colours. I then have to reboot. After rebooting it is usually then okay for hours or until I reboot again. Very occasionally this will happen 3x or so in a row and its damn annoying.

I have the latest NVidia 64 bit drivers and have checked the performance / reliability monitor etc. Registers a crash but it isnt telling me what to do about it.
I also made sure I have the latest realtek 64bit sound drivers.

The samsung T240 Syncmaster monitor doesnt seem to have a specific 64bit driver but the Microsoft web pages do list it as compatible

I do have an item on my device manager with an exclamation against it: A0T6V5D8 IDE Controller - Its saying there is a problem with this and the device will not work as it cannot load device drivers. (code 39) When I look at the driver its trying it isnt digitally signed so i guess that could be the issue but I have no idea what this is for. I assume its driving one of the 3 hard drivers I have installed though. But again this confuses me as they are all working. When I click the option to update driver it is unable to find a new driver.
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A:Vista Home Premium 64Bit Display issues.

Appears to be resolved. Almost by accident. had still been having this issue. Due to the scrambling of the display I couldnt see any error message. Tried taking out various mem sticks etc etc and going through a process of elimination to get to the cause. After a long time taking out components and reinstalling them I eventually got to my various drives. (All SATA)

I use four SATA harddrives of various sizes. Eventually after taking all but one out my system became totally stable. Was not my imediate thought of something that would cause the problem so it hadnt occur to me even to look at this. After adding them back in the display scrambling issue returned.

After some hunting around I found that I am not the only one experiencing the same problem. There is an update to the nvidia motherboard chipset on the EVGA website which sorts out the issue on my motherboard. EVGA X58 SLI.

The ones dealing with the SATA controller. I updated these chipset drivers and the problem seems to have largely cleared. Been fine for five hours now so hopefully the issue is cleared completely.

SIDENOTE: I am not sure if it was part of the cure or not but I also deinstalled various virtual drives as a precaution. (Though I still have one 2 installed and it works fine.) Trying to remove another one of these from a legacy install of magic iso which refuses to go away anyway but it doesnt appear to be involved in this probelm.

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Please help me.

When I play games, most of the time this will happen:

Playing along and then black screen for 2-3 sek. then back to the game. Then when I exit the game there is a little yello triangle with "!" in it, next to the clock (I cant press it or remove befor i reboot)
Sometimes the games freezes with a black screen and the only thing to do is Ctrl+Alt+Delete and shut it down.

Any body???

Here are my specs:
OS: MS Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit SP2
System: AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 440+, 3,0GB Ram
Video: NVidia GeForce 8800 GT
Sound: Integrated; RealTech HD Audio
PS. Sorry for my spelling, English is not my native language.

A:Games v. Windows Vista v. GeForce 8800GT

this is a very common video card error. you can find some solutions that might apply to ur situation here.


i fixed mine by taking my 8800gt apart, clean out the old thermal paste, and re-apply with new thermal paste. they put too much thermal paste in the first place. however this might not be the solution in your case.

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Good day I am using the ThinkCentre M910s and would like to use a projector from VGA and the local screen on display port. However, both display ports are not giving any signal to the monitor. I have tried another monitor and a different cable with no luck. The computer does not Auto detect the monitor as well. Plaease assist with any solutions or ideas you might have to resolve this. Much appreciated.  

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
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A:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

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Windows 7 64 turns off the monitor 1 signal after startup. At login, it powers off monitor 1 and powers on monitor 2. Windows 7 behaves as though dual display is working even though monitor 1 does not display. It's the same for single display, the monitor will not work on cable 1 except at startup.

Both 'Extend these displays' in Windows Screen Resolution and 'Extend' in the Nvidia Control Panel is selected. And changing which one is primary does not turn on monitor 1. Nor does switching the position of display 1 in either (ex. left/right/top/bottom).

GeForce 8400 GS; Dual Monitor Solution 59 pin (DMS-59) to 2 VGA adapter -tried two of these adapter cables.
Latest Driver: 306.23 - installed a clean reset install of the latest Nvidia driver released last week.
Same Resolution: 2 of the 4 monitors I have tried have the exact same 'recommended' resolution (1280X 1024), both 60Hz, and even chose 16 bit color for both instead of 32 to reduce resources.

Linux worked: Dual display worked immediately when I tried it in Ubuntu 10. So, it's not the hardware. It works in Ubuntu 12 too but not properly -it won't transfer windows across displays.
My Windows 7 64 is an upgrade from Vista 64. One person in another forum with the same problem resolved theirs by reinstalling Windows 7. But another got the same problem only after a fresh clean install of Windows 7 64 with the same GeForce 8400 GS and DMS-59 when it had previously worked in Vista. Dual Monitors - On... Read more

A:Dual display 1 not displaying except on startup; both display in Linux

are you Cloning these displays or extending, Don't Use Windows Setup use Nvidia's. It seems Nvidia like too take control. Go into there Display setup and change it there.

Good luck. I can if your happy too show you how Via Remote Assistance. Msg me for Details.

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My ThinkPad T500 running 64-bit Windows 7 Professional Edition worked great on and off a mini docking station with 2 external monitors. The dual-display setup allowed me to have more desktop space; when needed, I can take the laptop off the docking station (following undocking steps) and use it anywhere. This convenience no longer holds after upgrading to Windows 10.

With the T500 in the docking station (LCD lid closed), I can use the dual-display setup as in Windows 7. However, after shut-down and remove the T500 off the docking station and the T500 laptop becomes unusable because its LCD display doesn't show anything after boot. (While booting the laptop's display shows the ThinkPad boot logo and then some DOS-mode boot messages and then the windows 10 logo and its dotted spinning wheel; after the initial boot the display went blank and the Windows 10 desktop doesn't come up.)

The only way to make the T500 laptop usable on its own is to go through a "preparation procedure" and here is how the procedure goes: While the T500 is on the docking station in the dual-display setup with the 2 external monitors, open the T500's lid and set its display as the main display and then select to disconnect the other 2 external displays (in the Settings -> System -> Display page); then , in the T500's LCD display, select the shut down. Once the T500 is properly powered off, remove it from the docking station and the T500 can work on its own as a laptop supposed to be. W... Read more

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I'm trying to build a reasonably priced SLI machine. I currently have 1 BFG 8800gt OC2 512mb card, i could buy another but i was wondering if i got a run of the mill 8800gt and OC'd it, would it be the same. The lowest i see 8800gt OC2's is $160 and the normal 8800gt's at around $100.

i was also wondering if a 550W Rosewill PSU would be sufficient enough to run two 8800gt's

your help is much appreciated,


A:8800gt OC2 same as OC'd regular 8800gt?

550W Rosewill PSUClick to expand...

Rosewill powersupplys have very bad quality, even if it can run your cards, it might not last long.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...2010320058 50002177 113142556&name=501 - 600W
exactly which powersupply is it, there are about 10 rosewill 550's.

Yes, the cards are the same, though I think you will have to find an older 8800gt and not a 9800gt, those are actually getting quite rare as they are all being replaced by 9800gt's. If your new card can't stay stable at the same speeds as the one you have now, I think you should clock it down to match.

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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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R3-131T use mostly laptop mode.  After using tablet mode, display now "Centred" on screen, smaller, black side panels.  How to return to "full screen" display?

A:display issues R3-131T laptop mode display "centre...

right click on desktop, choose Display settings, Advanced Display settings and check if Resolution is set to the (recommended) setting.

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Hello folks,

I seem to be having multiple problems all at the same time (all of which may or may not be related) but let me start from the beginning.

This all started when I tried to connect my Inspiron 1720 laptop to our television. For some reason my laptop froze, the image on both my computer and TV had white lines across it, and so I turned off my system since it was locked up.

I restarted and began having display problems - first windows were not opening in the desktop area. They would open in the system tray, but were "unreachable" by the mouse. I played with display settings and got the screen to fit...but now seem to have 2 primary problems:


Whenever I play games, view pictures, or Windows Media Player, I see strange "plaid boxes." However, the desktop is fine and everything else appears to work fine. I contacted NVIDIA and I have installed different driver versions, as well as the OEM (Dell's) driver's - all did not work - I still saw the distorted images when playing games, viewing pictures, and videos.

I have also completed System Restore's to points prior to when I was having the problem - unfortunately that did not work.

Here are screenshots of what I am seeing:





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A:Vista Display Problem (display driver and/or multiple-monitor related)

The first set of pictures that you put up look like classics examples of bad video RAM. In a desktop PC I would tell you to swap out the video card with a differnt one to verify that is the issue since in a few cases bad drivers can cause the issue but it's highly unlikely. Professional service by a local non big box computer shop is your best bet at this point.

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this is a strange one to me...

the hdwe is a hp "minitower" athlon processor, embedded nvidia vid, fairly fast and responsive on a good day.
I worked on this system a year ago, obsessively, setting up Vista as well as is possible - lean/clean/stable.
recently the primary user account, upon logging in, gets a "noise" display on the monitor that looks like an inability to sync.
I shall not rule out the possibility that an "extortion-ware" malware is causing this but extensive checks don't show any malicious thingies. There is a lightly used, tech-support second user account that logs in fine.
I set the display properties on the troubled account, the display looked normal again, but after a couple of days of use, the bad display issue is back.

is this a known issue? video refresh rate anomaly ??? why would it be "fine" for a year, then suddenly develop the problem? debug steps?

I worked on it 2 weeks ago and it was fine when I finished, now in the ditch again so I'm fishing for new debug steps to try and determine what exactly causes it to go non-linear...

thanks for your suggestions

A:Solved: Vista loses display settings - garbled display

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Can you shed any light or help me please?
I had Windows XP on my machine with two hard drives working fine,
Samsung SP1614C
Samsung HD 401LJ.
I have an Asus P4800D-X Motherboard running an Intel P4 3.2GHZ processor and 2MB pc3200 DDR RAM.
I installed Windows Vista on the HD401LJ, everything is fine and at first I could boot to XP on the other drive without any problems.
However, later on when I tried to boot to XP drive I got the blue screen of death or the computer would just keep restarting every time I chose the XP option. Clearing the CMOS does not help and neither does taking every component out of the PC except the Graphics card, Nvidia Geforce 7800 GT. Even if I disconnect the Vista HD the other HD with XP just keeps re-starting.
I copied all the data from the XP drive that I needed and tried to format and re-partition but the computer just hung or gave me the blue screen of death after it asked me to press enter to install XP, press R for recovery or F3 to exit.
I took the drive out of that machine and used another machine that formatted, partitioned and installed XP without any hitches. I then put the drive back in to my computer and the same story.
The drive is showing in the BIOS. It is there in my computer when I boot to vista and I can access the information on it, XP, but it will not boot to XP just keeps re-starting. I don? think its Vista as I have taken that drive out and I have cleared the CMOS, What is giving me so much grief?

A:dual HD Dual Boot Vista and XP

Have you tried removing your memory sticks one at a time ? First thing I would do is test you ram.

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There are three major issues I have with my laptop, and I was wondering if anyone else had them too.. I have not contacted dell support yet, but I will in the following weeks if I don't somehow figure out what's is going on myself. 
I've had my laptop for a little bit under 2 months, so these are the things I have noticed. 
Issue number 1: When you plug in the power cord into the computer, the screen freezes on what it is currently on. I noticed this issue because occasionally when I plug in my power cord, and try to use the mousepad to select something, the mouse pointer is gone! I have to unplug-replug the power cable to get the mouse pointer to show again. I have no idea what the cause of this issue is. It seems to have to do with the screen
Issue number 2: when I carry my E7440 around in my bad, or have it shut for long periods of time >3 hours (I just simply close the lid), the computer will SHUT DOWN. The thing will shut down completly, even though I simply closed the lid! At first I thought it was just going into hibernate, so I disabled hibernate in my power settings. But nope, even when the computer is asleep, it will occasionally shut it self down for no reason at all.
Just now, I closed the lid on my laptop, and put in in my bag, then walked to my office about 10 minutes away. When I sat down at my desk and opened my laptop, to my surprise, it had shut down by itself! All of my open windows, browsers, and applications were closed, and upon ... Read more

A:E7440 - sleep Issues and display issues

Update by original poster! This does not work!
1. Press F2 when booting and go to setup.
2. Go to Power options and disable the "block sleep" feature .
3. Save and reboot.
4. The system seems to now go into hibernate when closing the lid.
5. In fact in Windows, you can't see the sleep option anymore.
This takes longer to wake up the laptop but at least all work is intact.
Let me know if it helps you.

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I have tried running a dual display recently as I play EVE Online a lot and want to do other stuff while it is going. I know that the game is fairly graphic intensive but i would have thought that with the specs of my PC it would not cause a problem but as soon as I enable the second monitor everything just slows to a snails pace. The CPU runs at 100% in the task manager and as soon as I turn it off the game runs fine, and likewise, if I end the game the dual display runs fine.
Is it a case of I've got to live with it or buy a bigger PC? I really thought it this should be enough though???

Any advice would be highly appreciated!!!


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A:Help with Dual Display Please!!!!

Hello! Welcome to TechSpot

Huh, can I suggest a copy of Everest Homeit's free, it's difficult to make out your sys info.
I think you may be ram starved, otherwise you system should handle this better.
G'Luck and Post back

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I have a Toshiba satellite pro p200 laptop and use win 7 64bit and Xubuntu 18.04.
My problem is that my laptop detect two monitor:
1. Laptop display
2.vga display
But I'm not connected any VGA to my laptop VGA port!
In bios setup auto detect display turn off laptop display and anabled VGA port and I use VGA+laptop display.
What should I do to solve this problem?

A:Dual display !!!??

What's the exact model number and serial number of your "Toshiba Satellite Pro P200" laptop?

Go into the Device Manager and then expand the Display Adapters heading.
What's the exact description of the graphics device(s) listed there?

It's my guess your laptop has 2 graphics devices:
Integrated graphics
A dedicated graphics card


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