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Windows 7: Laptop + external monitor

03 Feb 2012   #1

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Laptop + external monitor


In general I use my laptop in one place, so I use external keyboard and monitor. Most of my stuff I do only on external monitor, but when i work (code and stuff) I like using both monitors (external as main + laptop monitor as secondary).

The problem is with switching between views. All I do is open laptop if I wanna use both monitors and close it if I don't need external. I have two problems:

1. After doing this operation (either open or close) windows will freeze for like almost 2 seconds before "adding" extra monitor - which is really annoying

2. I use my external monitor as default ALWAYS. But during this 'switching time' all applications which are set up to 'full screen' are changed to be 'still fullscreen' but smaller, like maybe 1-2 pixels smaller, and this is really annoying. To make it 'real fullscreen' again i have to switch it to smaller window - and maximalize again.
I hope You understand what I'm saying.

I really have problem with fixing at least second problem. I would be happy with the way it was in windows XP - so "laptop-monitor" is always reachable for applications - even when it's not active.

I have windows 7 x64
Nvidia optimus with Nvidia gt540m and intel card graphic

setting default GPU to Nvidia or intel doesn't affect the problem

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03 Feb 2012   #2


You probably have different resolutions between the two monitors, so a maximized window on one, won't be the same size on the other. You may not have this issue if the screens are set at the same resolution. I recall having consistent results back when I had a laptop + external monitor which both had the same (1440x900) native resolution.
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04 Feb 2012   #3

windows 7



just external monitor: 1680x1050

esternal monitor + laptop 1680x1050 + 1280x800

so, even when i switch between them the main monitor which has the same stuff (main stuff) is always 1680x1050 ;/
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04 Feb 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP


Sometimes when you open the lid it requires resetting to External by rightclicking empty area of desktop to choose Display options>External - which then uses the resolution you've preset for External in Screen Resolution.
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