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Windows 7: Dual Monitor setup questions

13 Feb 2012   #1
Tram 1

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Dual Monitor setup questions

My questions but first a bit of back ground.

Win 7 64 bit Ultimate, my MB is an ASUS M34A78-EM and am using the integrated graphics which is the ADI Radeon 3200 chip/card, ( driver up to date ).

The above MB supports HDMI, VGA and DVI-D.

Recently replaced my aging but still quite usable 19 inch Hanns-G HC194D monitor with a 24 inch ASUS 242H.

The swap over was simple enough, everything plug and play, ( DVI to DVI ), everything working and displaying just fine on the new monitor and I am more then happy with it.

So there was my Hanns-G doing nothing, I have read so much about the benefits of dual monitors but what do I want with dual monitor set up, my new screen had more then enough desktop clutter space but there was the Hanns-G just asking to be hung and connected, so I did just that.

VGA to VGA cable, then went to start/control panel/display/made sure everything showed up, that the ASUS was set as my main monitor, that " Extend these displays" was chosen and clicked OK.

On the ASUS side of things the resolution is set as recommended 1920x1080, the Hanns-G, 1280x1024, I restarted the PC.

Now what, seriously! what should I be expecting?

Having restarted the PC, everything seemed/s to be working fine in as much as on my ASUS everything is normal, my desktop is showing along with desktop icons and the back ground wall paper but on the second monitor just the wall paper is showing, no icons nothing.

I can drag my mouse cursor across from screen to screen, I can drag a document over to the second monitor but when I click to open, it only opens on the main monitor.

What am I not understanding, is this how it should be or where have I gone wrong in setting things up?


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13 Feb 2012   #2
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tram 1 View Post

Now what, seriously! what should I be expecting?

Having restarted the PC, everything seemed/s to be working fine in as much as on my ASUS everything is normal, my desktop is showing along with desktop icons and the back ground wall paper but on the second monitor just the wall paper is showing, no icons nothing.

I can drag my mouse cursor across from screen to screen, I can drag a document over to the second monitor but when I click to open, it only opens on the main monitor.

What am I not understanding, is this how it should be or where have I gone wrong in setting things up?
Sounds like you've set it up correctly.

If you want the icons on the 2nd screen, simply drag and drop them there.

A lot of apps will always open on the 'main' display initially, but if you open your document, place it on the second screen and then minimize and maximize it a few times, it should 'remember' to open on the second display next time.
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14 Feb 2012   #3
Tram 1

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tram 1 View Post

Now what, seriously! what should I be expecting?

Having restarted the PC, everything seemed/s to be working fine in as much as on my ASUS everything is normal, my desktop is showing along with desktop icons and the back ground wall paper but on the second monitor just the wall paper is showing, no icons nothing.

I can drag my mouse cursor across from screen to screen, I can drag a document over to the second monitor but when I click to open, it only opens on the main monitor.

What am I not understanding, is this how it should be or where have I gone wrong in setting things up?
Sounds like you've set it up correctly.

If you want the icons on the 2nd screen, simply drag and drop them there.

A lot of apps will always open on the 'main' display initially, but if you open your document, place it on the second screen and then minimize and maximize it a few times, it should 'remember' to open on the second display next time.
Thanks smarteyeball,

Now I got it!, open apps on the main monitor, drag to the second, minimize and expand a few times to get it to remember, it works for me. :)

Have also managed to set a different wallpaper on 2nd monitor using Cold Fusion.
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14 Feb 2012   #4
smarteyeball

 
 

You're welcome mate :)
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