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Windows 7: Cannot change main display--dual monitors


26 Jan 2014   #1

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Cannot change main display--dual monitors

I have two monitors. The graphics card has VGA and DVI ports. The VGA monitor has much larger screen & I want that to be the main display. Currently the smaller (DVI) display is main display, i.e, Number 1. I want the larger VGA display to be the main display, i.e., to be Number 1. Both monitors are displaying my wallpaper and the smaller screen (DVI) shows my icons, etc. In Windows 7, I go to DISPLAY, SCREEN RESOLUTION window. On that page I have made the following selections:
Display: the VGA display
Resolution: 1280 x 768
Multiple Displays: Extend Desktop to this Display (only alternative is to Disconnect this Display)
Make This My Main Display: Checked, i.e., √

When I click APPLY , I get "Unable to save display settings" --thus I cannot change main displays.
Some insightful comments would be be welcome.

P.S. Swapping display icons by dragging only changes the direction the cursor slides off the display.
I do not have any utility software for the graphics card, and I do not know how to get it, if it exists-(I have looked for it)--I have only the driver. There is no on board graphics on the motherboard.

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26 Jan 2014   #2

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

Please update your system specs, or provide details on your graphics card.

There is no Windows 7 support for the Radeon 9200, if that's what you still have (which I somehow doubt).

On a working dual-monitor system (e.g. using my HD5870) the setup for the two monitors looks as follows. Note that my "primary main display" is the one on the right, shown as #2. So my desktop extends to the left from the left edge of #2 onto the right edge of #1.


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27 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Professionsl 32-bit
 
 
More on dual display

It is indeed a Ati Radeon 9200. I was able to get it to work (recently updated from XP to Windows 7) on Windows 7 by applying a hack to the XP driver. It has occurred to me (now) that perhaps Windows 7 is trying to talk to the graphics card subsequent to when I click APPLY. If that is the case, then the solution is to just buy a larger monitor because as you say "Windows 7 does not support the Radeon 9200." My initial assumption was that we were strictly dealing with an internal Windows 7 issue or I was doing something out of sequence. What do you think?

P.S. This graphics card is probably 10-14 years old but it certainly is sufficient for my purposes. ( I am an old guy and I love to get the old stuff to run).
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27 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

If you have a Sony PCV-RS320 and you want to keep it then you don't have any options. Its AGP video and the Radeon 9200 in it is unsupported in Windows 7.

If you feel like spending money on a larger monitor and keeping this machine, that's your choice.

But it really might be a much more prudent use of your money to maybe look for an inexpensive new modern machine, e.g. a "refurb" Thinkcentre desktop from Lenovo from their Outlet which is a much less costly alternative than buying one new. You'd really get MUCH MORE VALUE for any dollars spent going this route than hanging on to your 14-year old Sony and trying to make it live a few months longer.

That's just my opinion, of course.
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27 Jan 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professionsl 32-bit
 
 
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Thanks for the comments-appreciate what you do.
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