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Windows 7: Logging Off Changes My Dual Monitor Display?? HELP!!

02 Jul 2011   #1

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Logging Off Changes My Dual Monitor Display?? HELP!!

Hi Guys,

My problem is simple:
  1. I have an external monitor, actually a TV connected via S-Video cable coming out of the back of my video card.
  2. My TV is my second desktop. All of that is fine.
  3. The problem comes in when I log off or "switch users" (there are no other user profiles on my computer - I only log off or switch user to make sure the kids can't get on without my permission - they don't know my logon code), the TV loses the picture and goes grainy, but when I log back in, the TV does not "kick in" again.
  4. The only way to get the TV to display the second desktop after logging out or switching users seems to be to restart the computer entirely. If it reboots, it picks up the TV as second monitor again. If you simply log in again, it does not pick up the TV as second monitor.

Is this related to some setting that says the TV should only be the second monitor on the admin's account and not for "all users" or something? Or is it a glitch??

Any idea of the cause and any idea of a fix or workaround?

Thanks, it drives me nuts to always be restarting my computer to watch a video on my TV......

By the way, in all cases, the "Display" settings in control panel show the TV as the second monitor. But looking at the actual TV, all you see is a grainy screen that obviously is not being fed any clear signal.

Thanks, I'm in your debt if you answer,


My System SpecsSystem Spec

02 Jul 2011   #2
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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit

Try using the windows key and the L key to lock the PC instead of logging off.
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