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Windows 7: Dual monitor support?

08 Dec 2009   #41
jgoody

windows 7
 
 

It seems as though everyone has gotten off subject from the original post as i have the same problem as the person in the original post.
What was trying to be asked is this:
I have two monitors. The right monitor is my desktop and the left is just my secondary with only the background on it. If i open a program and try to drag it from my desktop to the secondary monitor going to my left it will not work. I have to drag it all the way to right to get the open program to transfer to my secondary monitor. This works just the opposite if you switch the screens either by switching the cables or changing the configuration. This happens in windows 7 because of the auto fit half screen feature in windows 7 where you can get two programs to automatically fit half the screen. Is there anyway to disable this feature so that we can scroll from screen to screen without worring about what direction we have to move our mouse for screen transfer?


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09 Dec 2009   #42
SomeITGuy

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Both ATI and Nvidia drivers will allow you to do what you want to do. Right click on the desktop, click on the Nvidia or ATI control center then click on display options.
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09 Dec 2009   #43
Night Hawk

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jgoody View Post
It seems as though everyone has gotten off subject from the original post as i have the same problem as the person in the original post.
What was trying to be asked is this:
I have two monitors. The right monitor is my desktop and the left is just my secondary with only the background on it. If i open a program and try to drag it from my desktop to the secondary monitor going to my left it will not work. I have to drag it all the way to right to get the open program to transfer to my secondary monitor. This works just the opposite if you switch the screens either by switching the cables or changing the configuration. This happens in windows 7 because of the auto fit half screen feature in windows 7 where you can get two programs to automatically fit half the screen. Is there anyway to disable this feature so that we can scroll from screen to screen without worring about what direction we have to move our mouse for screen transfer?
Welcome to the Se7en Forums! jgoody

A little off topic now for sure but the question by the OP was already answered on page #1 of this thread. A quick trip into the Control Panel>Display>Display Settings will take care of switching desktops between monitors reversing things, or extending one to another if not cloning one desktop to both.

3rd party programs like Display Fusion and Ultramon are great for assigning different wallpapers to each desktop. You can also see an extended taskbar in the beta for Ultramon or full version not shareware for DisplayFusion.


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03 Jan 2010   #44
winnabago111

Windows 7
 
 

So I recently installed a second monitor and the second one works but I can't move my mouse to the second screen or any windows. Any thoughts.
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03 Jan 2010   #45
Night Hawk

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

Hello there winnabago111 Welcome to the Se7en Forums!

The first thing you will need to do is change the display settings in the Control Panel from the "clone to second monitor" setting seen by default to stretch onto monitor #2. From there you can download the free version of DisplayFusion or the beta version of Ultramon presently see and assign two different wallpapers one for each desktop.

The full retail version of both programs includes a "smart taskbar option for extending the taskbar onto the second display. The beta for Ultramon has that there as well but not in the free version of the other.


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11 Jun 2010   #46
WilOats

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Hello, I have been playing GTA4 for a while now and have been having to switch back to my desktop to look at some walkthru's that are available to help complete the missions. Even tho this is very useful in playing the game, it is very annoying having to wait to get back into the game. I thought about having 2 monitors to solve my problem. I could have 1 monitor with GTA4 going and the other with the web pages and I could switch back and fourth easier. So I called Dell and asked them if was possible with my configuration. They said yes, and I ordered a new 24" flat panel monitor to go with the 20" flat panel that came with my system. I received the monitor but have yet to receive the correct cable for it. I'm going to Best Buy after writing this to get the propper cable after 2 wrong cables sent from Dell.

I've read thru the threads here about this and haven't read of anyone doing this so I'm asking if anyone knows the correct way to set this up? It seems easy enough but without the cables, I can't say if it works yet. I'm asking in advance so when I get the propper cable, this will have been read and answered. Thank you.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on a Dell Studio 540, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz, w/ 8 gig RAM and a G-Force 9800 GT. Any help that anyone can give me would be very appreciated.

Thank You
John

EDIT: I have the correct cables now and have both monitors working like they should but I'm unable to switch between the 2 while playing GTA4. I've tried both Display Fusion and Ultramon, and I still can't do it. I was able to setup a hotkey to switch my mouse to the other monitor with Ultramon but it doesn't work while playing GTA4.

If anyone has a sollution for this please advise me on what to do. Thanks again...
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02 Jul 2010   #47
AnnoyedWith7

Windows 7
 
 
I got a bigger problem with dual

Yeah, try this one on for size. My GPUs are nothing fantastic, which is ok, I'm a graphic illustrator not a gamer. But, I'm used to being able to task over two screens. Never had a problem with it in XP. Now 7 is being a pain.

I have an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 and an archaic MX device (PnP). The PnP device runs on the legacy MS VGA compatible driver, and the integrated nForce has a valid win7 driver which came with it.

Yet, I can't get it to see the two displays. It sees both devices. They both start fine, and the nForce is doing the actual generation of the pixels. Yet for some reason, it's sending the data through the old device to that monitor, and won't identify itself as a second display. I have a perfectly good monitor plugged into it and turned on. Yet, it thinks the VGA PnP is the only physical device.

I have tried EVERYTHING. Upgrading drivers, using an nVidia control panel (which won't launch because of that blasted old PnP) ... it just ... won't go.

Can someone tell me why? because I am at my wit's end and am about to downgrade my OS over this.
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12 Aug 2010   #48
lauralynn

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Guys, here my problem, my laptop screen is broke, I hooked up a second monitor, did all the setting and it was working fine till i powered down, few hours later powered back up and all i get is the mouse pointer on a black screen...Help..?
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18 Aug 2010   #49
Fish

windows 7
 
 
Dual Monitors

Hi all

I have recently bought a new pc and monitor with windows 7 OP. I have connected my old monitor using an AVI cable splitter. Both monitors are working fine. Unfortunately the old monitor (secondary monitor) is a mirror of the primary minitor instead of being an extention of it.

I have gone into display setting but it is not listed and clicking on the detect tab has not helped.

Suggestions greatly recieved
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19 Aug 2010   #50
Night Hawk

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

The first thing I'll start off with here before going over each person's individual problems is say "HELLO!" and "Welcome to the Seven Forums!"

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WilOats View Post
Hello, I have been playing GTA4 for a while now and have been having to switch back to my desktop to look at some walkthru's that are available to help complete the missions. Even tho this is very useful in playing the game, it is very annoying having to wait to get back into the game. I thought about having 2 monitors to solve my problem. I could have 1 monitor with GTA4 going and the other with the web pages and I could switch back and fourth easier. So I called Dell and asked them if was possible with my configuration. They said yes, and I ordered a new 24" flat panel monitor to go with the 20" flat panel that came with my system. I received the monitor but have yet to receive the correct cable for it. I'm going to Best Buy after writing this to get the propper cable after 2 wrong cables sent from Dell.

I've read thru the threads here about this and haven't read of anyone doing this so I'm asking if anyone knows the correct way to set this up? It seems easy enough but without the cables, I can't say if it works yet. I'm asking in advance so when I get the propper cable, this will have been read and answered. Thank you.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit on a Dell Studio 540, Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz, w/ 8 gig RAM and a G-Force 9800 GT. Any help that anyone can give me would be very appreciated.

Thank You
John

EDIT: I have the correct cables now and have both monitors working like they should but I'm unable to switch between the 2 while playing GTA4. I've tried both Display Fusion and Ultramon, and I still can't do it. I was able to setup a hotkey to switch my mouse to the other monitor with Ultramon but it doesn't work while playing GTA4.

If anyone has a sollution for this please advise me on what to do. Thanks again...
For what you are attempting there rather then cloning desktops and needing to exit the full screen game for each look you extend one desktop across both displays easy enough! UltraMon allows you to also have two separate wallpapers as well as the extended "smart bar" for extending the taskbar onto the second display as well.

All this however is done through the video card's as well as the 3rd party software for configuring the addon monitor. As far as exiting the game some games allow the minimized window as well while typically most full screen games display on the primary monitor leaving the second free for viewing a web page.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AnnoyedWith7 View Post
Yeah, try this one on for size. My GPUs are nothing fantastic, which is ok, I'm a graphic illustrator not a gamer. But, I'm used to being able to task over two screens. Never had a problem with it in XP. Now 7 is being a pain.

I have an integrated NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430 and an archaic MX device (PnP). The PnP device runs on the legacy MS VGA compatible driver, and the integrated nForce has a valid win7 driver which came with it.

Yet, I can't get it to see the two displays. It sees both devices. They both start fine, and the nForce is doing the actual generation of the pixels. Yet for some reason, it's sending the data through the old device to that monitor, and won't identify itself as a second display. I have a perfectly good monitor plugged into it and turned on. Yet, it thinks the VGA PnP is the only physical device.

I have tried EVERYTHING. Upgrading drivers, using an nVidia control panel (which won't launch because of that blasted old PnP) ... it just ... won't go.

Can someone tell me why? because I am at my wit's end and am about to downgrade my OS over this.
Integrated and low end model video cards typically seeing the second port as a vga not HD type simply don't offer the support needed for dual monitor setups. You will note that when going to look over the mid to high end models that typically come with twin connectors.

Some system specifications might help here as well to what options you have to upgrading out of the integrated into a separate video card that will work out best for you there.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lauralynn View Post
Hi Guys, here my problem, my laptop screen is broke, I hooked up a second monitor, did all the setting and it was working fine till i powered down, few hours later powered back up and all i get is the mouse pointer on a black screen...Help..?
That unfortunately is your main problem! Your primary display is needed in order to see things configured correctly. You will need to replace the main display first before you see all that done.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Fish View Post
Hi all

I have recently bought a new pc and monitor with windows 7 OP. I have connected my old monitor using an AVI cable splitter. Both monitors are working fine. Unfortunately the old monitor (secondary monitor) is a mirror of the primary minitor instead of being an extention of it.

I have gone into display setting but it is not listed and clicking on the detect tab has not helped.

Suggestions greatly recieved
If you have a separate video card and not using integrated graphics part of the explaination is seen above in this reply. For ATI that would set through the Catalyst Control Center and for NVidia models through the Desktop Manager in the advanced settings for either software.

The options for an addon program like UltraMon or DisplayFusion would tend to other things like the extended taskbar.

The screenshots(snipping tool captures) attached here will show how two softwares one for ATI and the other UltraMon in use here are opened for seeing the monitors set accordingly. The #1 monitor becomes the primary display even if that is the second not first.

One other thing that should be pointed out here is if each of you should need further help or simply want to ask more questions it would be better for each of you to start a new thread rather then posting here. This one is a bit old at this time.


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