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Windows 7: Attempting to set up dual monitors

29 Aug 2011   #1
jbiggie

windows premium 64bit
 
 
Attempting to set up dual monitors

hi, im trying to set up dual monitors. Right now i have my main monitor as my LCD tv, and i have a vga splitter from my only vga port sending out two vga cables, one to my tv and the other to the monitor my computer came with. im trying to use the monitor it came with as my second monitor where i can do things on both, but its only cloned from my main one. when i go into control panel> appearance and personalization> display > display settings > detect , it will not find my second monitor. So do u need 2 vga ports for this to work? or is there anything i can download that would allow me to use the second monitor as its own and not a clone? this probably sounds really confusing so if i have to reword it i will, just trying to find out if im wasting my time by trying to do this


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29 Aug 2011   #2
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

You do need a card with two ports, otherwise the the signal will be cloned across the two monitors.
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29 Aug 2011   #3
Sprockett

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi jbiggie,

Actually you answered your own question. You do need a second output to get an extended desktop (two monitors doing different things.) With a splitter, both monitors are receiving the same signal and your computer won't even know a second monitor is connected.
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29 Aug 2011   #4
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Welcome to sevenforums,

I think if you are only using integrated graphics then you will not be able to have a dual monitor display.
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29 Aug 2011   #5
jbiggie

windows premium 64bit
 
 

my cord do have two ports, but i was afraid of having to have two vga ports, i kinda figured thats what i needed. that makes sense, about them using the same signal while both attached to the splitter. thanks for the help! much appreciated, cleared it up for me.
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