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Windows 7: Two external monitors with different resolutions

19 Jun 2012   #1
felixsg

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Two external monitors with different resolutions

Hi,
I have a small problem : I'm using my laptop at work and home with different external monitors and I end up having to manually set the display resolution constantly. I use a docking station so that I don't even have to open the laptop and I just send it to sleep and wake it up when I arrive to one place or the other. The problem is that my monitor at home is accepts way better resolution than the one at work, so when I wake it up at work, Windows tells me that it can't accept the resolution. I was wondering if there is a way to save settings for different monitors so that when I get to work I don't have to actually open the laptop and reset the resolution.
Regards,
Felix


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19 Jun 2012   #2
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

I assume you are using "Duplicate" mode for the multiple monitors.

The cable type can make a difference in what resolutions are available.
Are you are using a VGA cable in the office, and can you use a DVI or HDMI cable?
What video ports are on the docking station(s) and monitor(s)?

I have an AMD GPU, but i assume NVIDIA works the same way for this.
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19 Jun 2012   #3
felixsg

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DavidW7ncus , I'm using the VGA port ( no chance of anything else, the docking station is only VGA). I have a Lenovo T420 and I'm using at home Dell ST2220t (it's a big touchscreen monitor) and at work a dell 2007wfp.

If I unplug the VGA, wake up the laptop and then plug it again it's fine, but obviously I don't want to do that on daily basis (that misses the point of using the docking station).
Thanks !
Felix
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19 Jun 2012   #4
DavidE

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Ok, i understand.
I've been in this situation before, and i just choose the best resolution that ALL monitors i use can support.
I don't know if there's a third party tool, something that can be done with profiles, etc. for this.
For me, those options would be "politically dangerous" and not worth the risk...
So i never pursued it that far...
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19 Jun 2012   #5
felixsg

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I guess that would work, although I'm surprised that there is no way to tell windows to remember the resolution for each monitor, it seems so basic !
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