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Windows 7: Dual monitor support?

06 Oct 2009   #31
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Most good cards at this late date will see two DVI type outputs for primary and secondary display. The software for the card plays an important role while the display settings in the Control Panel still have to be tended to there.

As you can see when comparing the screen there from the laptop with that from a desktop running a mid range card a 3rd item for configuring a 3rd display is supported there. With the higher resolutions the onboard video memory requirements go up some as well as how much vpu power is seen.

The advantage with 7 however is now seeing the vpu and cpu being instructed to work together rather then the vpu working and waiting while the cpu handles the load there.

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25 Oct 2009   #32

Windows 7 Ulitmate

Hello there,

Wondering if anyone has had this happen?

I have dual boot with xp 32 and win7 64 installed. I have dual monitors which i run on both os's. With the primary monitor on the left and the secondary monitor on the right. The classic set up i suppose, anyway from boot the left monitor start and the right stays off. This is also the same if I were to continue and boot into xp it would stay the same with the monitors in the layout as I have them on my desk left panning to right. This as been the same before when I had vista installed before putting windows 7 on. But when I boot into Win7 it then switched the layout of the screen. At first I done the normal by entering display settings and moving the monitors to how they should be. I expected monitor 1 to be on the left, but it stayed on the right and just made monitor two the primary monitor. This is fine and I can live with it. But I just find it weird that in start up and xp it is the way it has been set up and in win7 is moves the dvi port around.

If anyone has had this before and got it sorted I would love to know.

oh and sorry if i spelt anything wrong, i was a last minute before bed post.

Many thanks


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25 Oct 2009   #33
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Hello nairnmonster Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

Typically expect to see only one monitor active with a display until reaching the Windows desktop regardless of the version. This is the normal signal path.

For dual display settings you can have one set as the primary or see both clone each other by the options found in the "Control Panel>Display>Change Display Settings" in 7. The images for panels seen there allow you to set which will be the default there.

The images here will show the dropdown options where you simply click the apply button once you cnange back and forth between monitors. The second shows how a 3rd party program like Display Fusion or the one used here, Ultramon, can even decide what wallpaper will be seen on each one when choosing the stretch desktop option.

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28 Oct 2009   #34

Windows 7
External monitor not working

I have a Dell XPS M1530 that i recently upgraded from Windows Vista Home to Windows 7 Pro (full installation of Windows 7, as "upgrade" option is not available in this scenario).

I also have a Dell 22" S2209W connected by VGA. It worked fine until i installed Windows 7. When I plug it in, my Dell laptop does not recognize the monitor and the external monitor goes into Power Save mode. It also cannot see the monitor when in the Screen Resolution window.

Please help!! I miss my dual monitors
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28 Oct 2009   #35
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W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

Hello localhaj Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

When first done installing 7 with any dual or triple monitor setup you have to proceed into the Control Panel>Display section in order to make a few setting changes like "stretching" as well as seeing if the external monitor is shown in the "Change display settings" sub section there.

Once you have both active you can even custom assign two or more wallpapers either with DisplayFusion or UltraMon as well as extend a taskbar to the second display. Hopefully this is all you will need there.
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29 Oct 2009   #36

windows 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
In the screen resolution settings, just grab the monitor and move it to the other side.

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Thanks for the help, I'v been trying to change my primary display for day's
thanks again
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29 Oct 2009   #37

windows 7

I'v got a nvidia quadro fx 1800 grafices card and I can't seem to put a different themes on each screens help please
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29 Oct 2009   #38
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1. If Control Panel is not already visible, click the Start menu, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click the Display icon.
2. On the Settings tab, select the monitor icon for the presenter's monitor (usually 1), and then select the Use this device as the primary monitor check box.

If this check box is selected and unavailable, the monitor is already designated as the primary monitor. Only one monitor can be selected as the primary monitor at a time. When you select a different monitor icon and complete step 2, this setting for the previous monitor is automatically cleared and becomes accessible again.
3. Select the secondary monitor icon, and then select the Extend my Windows Desktop onto this monitor check box.
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29 Oct 2009   #39

windows 7

thanks for the help, but i didn't make my self clear
I would like to put a different personalization theme on to each screen can it be done
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29 Oct 2009   #40
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The wallpaper can be different. DisplayFusion or Ultamon are two programs for seeing that done. They each have their customization tools for positioning optional buttons and other things but only remember custom profiles for each monitor in use.
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