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Windows 7: Setting up monitors with Win7 - problems

17 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Setting up monitors with Win7 - problems

I am trying to set up 2 external monitors to my Dell e6410 laptop.


Operating System
MS Windows 7 64-bit
Intel Core i7 @ 2.67GHz 54 C
Arrandale 32nm Technology
Dell Inc. 0K42JR (CPU 1)
Generic PnP Monitor @ 1280x800
W2343 @ 1920x1080
Hard Drives
488GB Seagate ST9500420AS (SATA) 38 C
Optical Drives
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
I have my laptop in a docking station that has 2 DVI-D Male/Male connections. I have a DVI-D cable running from each to an LG monitor.

When I go to the display settings, I can get one of the monitors to extend out from my laptop, but I cant get it to go to the third one.

Can anyone help me out with this?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

Your Graphics Card may not support 3 monitors, it probably doesn't, but have you tried going to display properties and identify displays? it might discover it this way.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

There is a third monitor listed on the screen with "3" right in the box, but the box is grey.

It also says "W2361" in the display drop down menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

17 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

what does that mean? is that the model of the screen?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Just noticed that it is the name of the screen.

I have figured out how to extend the display from the desktop to one monitor, then change it to the other monitor, but I can't get it to extend out to all three.

I looked at the specs and it says that it supports multiple monitors Tech Specs
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit

hmm. did you try going to the nvidia control panel? there might be a setting in there that is locked to two displays.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Did you go in the device manger and see if it is enabled and/or working properly?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 10 Education 64 bit

Are you trying to set that up in the windows control panel or the Nvidia control panel? you might have better luck in the "NVIDIA Control Panel" I see NView mentioned on that spec page you linked to, is that special software? Maybe you need to run that to get three displays setup? Multi monitor support just means more than one, it doesn't necessarily mean three or more. If you are limited to two displays you could try disabling the built in screen, to see if it will at least let you use the two external ones.
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