setup dual screens with flatscreen dell monitor and isymphony hdtv? 10 replies

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#1 6 years ago

mmm, We are working on getting a decent dual view display setup with a dell flatscreen lcd monitor and the isymphony hdtv. the dell lcd is connected by dvi, and the hdtv is hooked up by vga, how do we get it setup to be able to have proper views on both monitors?

currently when trying to dual screen view, the desktop image doubles or triples in size, no desktop icons are viewable, lol.




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#2 6 years ago

Make sure they are set up as separate desktops, not as a spanned desktop. You likely won't be able to set them up for dual screen viewing of, say games, eyefinity style, with 2 monitors of different resolutions.




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#3 6 years ago

yea, thats what we are trying to do, cause we want to stream shows and movies from amazon. but the desktop image on the lcd monitor doubles or triples in size, and it actually transfers the working desktop image with the icons and all to the hdtv :o




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#4 6 years ago

What video card drivers do you have? ATI or NVidia? I haven't had a chance to look at ATI's drivers yet, but in NVidia drivers, it should be 2 seperate desktops by default and stuff should stick to one monitor. However, also check in the Control Panel under Screen Resolution (On win7, just right-click the desktop > Screen Resolution), check the Multiple Displays drop-down and play with the settings there.




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#5 6 years ago

Matt is correct in that you should be able to set the resolution in the normal windows resolution way without jumping into any driver settings. On the ATI ccc there are oprions to do it but using the windows way is easier. They should be in extended mode and tbh it normally jumps straight into that mode by default setting the correct resolutions if you have a ok set of cables. There is a program you can use that makes the tweeks a lot easier and its called multimon. With that you can set different backgrounds per monitor and have the taskbar span the 2 monitors with the icons showing on the monitor that the actual program is being displayed on.

It will be easier if you tell us what graphics card your using and what operating system.




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Matt is correct in that you should be able to set the resolution in the normal windows resolution way without jumping into any driver settings. On the ATI ccc there are oprions to do it but using the windows way is easier. They should be in extended mode and tbh it normally jumps straight into that mode by default setting the correct resolutions if you have a ok set of cables. There is a program you can use that makes the tweeks a lot easier and its called multimon. With that you can set different backgrounds per monitor and have the taskbar span the 2 monitors with the icons showing on the monitor that the actual program is being displayed on.

It will be easier if you tell us what graphics card your using and what operating system.




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#7 6 years ago
D3matt;5604662What video card drivers do you have? ATI or NVidia? I haven't had a chance to look at ATI's drivers yet, but in NVidia drivers, it should be 2 seperate desktops by default and stuff should stick to one monitor. However, also check in the Control Panel under Screen Resolution (On win7, just right-click the desktop > Screen Resolution), check the Multiple Displays drop-down and play with the settings there.

We are using the nvidia geforce 9500 gt :) so its doing what its supposed to do? stick the operational screen to the hdtv while it displays an enlarged desktop on the dell lcd? lol




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#8 6 years ago

Change which one is the primary display.




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#9 6 years ago

well, we want them both to be operational, cause we want to watch movie and tv show streams from amazon.




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#10 6 years ago

All you can do is "Extended Desktop" with 2 displays. Place the monitor with the highest resolution in the first slot. Now goto the "resolution" settings in win 7, if your using win 7 you didn't say. Now select the first monitor in the drop box and set the resolution and do the same for the second. If they do not show up correctly then hit the detect then identify. Now they are numbered 1 and 2 and there will be a option under the resolution setting. There will be 2 options, Extend desktop on 1 and 2 or duplicate desktop on 1 and 2. Select Extend Desktop then your basically done. You will not be able to full screen across the monitors without staying windowed mode but if your looking for that option then you need a third monitor and a much better graphics card. The pic tells you more but mine is running 3 monitors in eyefinity mode.

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