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Laptop and an external monitor set up as dual monitor?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Al Dykes, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. Al Dykes

    Al Dykes Flightless Bird

    ISTM that I've heard of a laptop and an ext monitor set up as
    independent views on what I assume is a big virtual desktop. I've got
    a new laptop and my trying to get his running. I can get the same
    view on the laptop and the VGA-connected monitor but I can't find a
    clue about how to get different views.

    Did I mis-hear?

    FWIW it's W/7 on a Dell Inspiron laptop. The monitor model is
    recognized by W/7 PnP and can show lots more pixels than the laptop
    screen can.

    Thnaks.


    --
    Al Dykes
    News is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is advertising.
    - Lord Northcliffe, publisher of the Daily Mail
     
  2. Quilljar

    Quilljar Flightless Bird

    You need a Matrox double or Triplehead2Go. I have used one for years, best
    bit of kit I ever bought...

    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/

    Q



    "Al Dykes" <adykes@panix.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > ISTM that I've heard of a laptop and an ext monitor set up as
    > independent views on what I assume is a big virtual desktop. I've got
    > a new laptop and my trying to get his running. I can get the same
    > view on the laptop and the VGA-connected monitor but I can't find a
    > clue about how to get different views.
    >
    > Did I mis-hear?
    >
    > FWIW it's W/7 on a Dell Inspiron laptop. The monitor model is
    > recognized by W/7 PnP and can show lots more pixels than the laptop
    > screen can.
    >
    > Thnaks.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Al Dykes
    > News is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is
    > advertising.
    > - Lord Northcliffe, publisher of the Daily Mail
    >
     
  3. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On 7 Apr 2010 15:55:22 -0400, Al Dykes wrote:

    > ISTM that I've heard of a laptop and an ext monitor set up as
    > independent views on what I assume is a big virtual desktop. I've got
    > a new laptop and my trying to get his running. I can get the same
    > view on the laptop and the VGA-connected monitor but I can't find a
    > clue about how to get different views.
    >
    > Did I mis-hear?
    >
    > FWIW it's W/7 on a Dell Inspiron laptop. The monitor model is
    > recognized by W/7 PnP and can show lots more pixels than the laptop
    > screen can.
    >
    > Thnaks.


    It might depend more on your video card and its drivers than anything else.

    If you can't track it down in your video setup menus, click on help or go
    to the video card maker's site.

    Or even consider posting what your video hardware is and maybe someone here
    can help.

    --
    Gene E. Bloch letters0x40blochg0x2Ecom
     
  4. DL

    DL Flightless Bird

    Did you try 'dual monitor' in win7 help?

    "Al Dykes" <adykes@panix.com> wrote in message
    news:hpinva$3eq$1@panix5.panix.com...
    >
    > ISTM that I've heard of a laptop and an ext monitor set up as
    > independent views on what I assume is a big virtual desktop. I've got
    > a new laptop and my trying to get his running. I can get the same
    > view on the laptop and the VGA-connected monitor but I can't find a
    > clue about how to get different views.
    >
    > Did I mis-hear?
    >
    > FWIW it's W/7 on a Dell Inspiron laptop. The monitor model is
    > recognized by W/7 PnP and can show lots more pixels than the laptop
    > screen can.
    >
    > Thnaks.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Al Dykes
    > News is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is
    > advertising.
    > - Lord Northcliffe, publisher of the Daily Mail
    >
     
  5. Andrew

    Andrew Flightless Bird

    "Al Dykes" <adykes@panix.com> wrote in message
    news:hpinva$3eq$1@panix5.panix.com...
    >
    > ISTM that I've heard of a laptop and an ext monitor set up as
    > independent views on what I assume is a big virtual desktop. I've got
    > a new laptop and my trying to get his running. I can get the same
    > view on the laptop and the VGA-connected monitor but I can't find a
    > clue about how to get different views.
    >
    > Did I mis-hear?
    >
    > FWIW it's W/7 on a Dell Inspiron laptop. The monitor model is
    > recognized by W/7 PnP and can show lots more pixels than the laptop
    > screen can.
    >
    > Thnaks.
    >
    >
    > --
    > Al Dykes
    > News is something someone wants to suppress, everything else is
    > advertising.
    > - Lord Northcliffe, publisher of the Daily Mail
    >

    1. plug your monitor into the vga connector and turn it on.
    2. Right click on the desktop and select screen resolution.
    3. Select the display listbox and drop it down to see if it recognizes 2
    monitors.
    4. If it doesn't go to http://support.dell.com and put in your service code
    in the drivers and downloads sections.
    5. Find the correct video driver for your card.
    6. After the reboot do steps 2-3 again.
    7. in the display listbox you should see both monitors and some choices on
    what to do.
    8. Select the 2nd monitor and select extend my desktop to this monitor.

    --
    Andrew
     

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