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Using wide and regular format monitors

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Anthony Giorgianni, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Anthony Giorgianni

    Anthony Giorgianni Flightless Bird

    Hello All

    My job just gave me new Lenovo T400 laptop running XP. (No Windows 7 yet
    for us)

    It has a 14 inch wide format screen. I'm attaching the computer to a
    traditional 20 inch screen. The wide display on the laptop 1280 x 800 is
    squished and off the screen on the traditional montior. When I open display
    properties, it shows both montiors as Monitor 1.

    I'd like to have the traditional monitor work property without having to
    resize the display resolution every time I connect to it. (I do NOT want to
    use one monitor as an extension of my desktop). Is there a way to have two
    different reoltuiosn - one to accommodate the laptop display and the other
    my traditional 20-inch display? If I try to activate monitor 2 in the
    display settings or even drag, it wants to extend my desktop. What, if
    anything, am I missing here?

    Thanks for any help.

    Anthony Giorgianni
     
  2. thanatoid

    thanatoid Flightless Bird

    "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in
    news:#KmnW5fpKHA.5308@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:

    > Hello All
    >
    > My job just gave me new Lenovo T400 laptop running XP. (No
    > Windows 7 yet
    > for us)
    >
    > It has a 14 inch wide format screen. I'm attaching the
    > computer to a traditional 20 inch screen. The wide display
    > on the laptop 1280 x 800 is squished and off the screen on


    Go to the control panel or right-click on the desktop and go to
    graphics properties. There will be a bunch of options depending
    on your chip. Set it up the way you want for the laptop screen
    and save it as a "scheme" (or whatever your software calls it).
    Then connect the big monitor, set it up for THAT, and save it as
    another "scheme". Then they will be easily accessible by right-
    clicking the desktop and choosing the one you want.

    Remember about refresh rates etc!


    --
    The arrows are faster than rodents!
    - t.
     
  3. Anthony Giorgianni

    Anthony Giorgianni Flightless Bird

    Thanks for advice. Unfortunately, the highest selection I can get is the
    laptop max at 1280 x 800. There's a tab for the monitor when it's connected,
    but no option to change the resolution (which is 1280x1024) . The resolution
    option only appears on the laptop tab.

    I can change to a large size on Monitor 2, but there's no way to assign that
    to the big monitor unless I extend my desktop to that one, which i don't
    want to. Very odd.

    Regards,
    Anthony Giorgianni

    For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group


    "thanatoid" <waiting@the.exit.invalid> wrote in message
    news:Xns9D15DE7D585E3thanexit@188.40.43.245...
    > "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in
    > news:#KmnW5fpKHA.5308@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:
    >
    >> Hello All
    >>
    >> My job just gave me new Lenovo T400 laptop running XP. (No
    >> Windows 7 yet
    >> for us)
    >>
    >> It has a 14 inch wide format screen. I'm attaching the
    >> computer to a traditional 20 inch screen. The wide display
    >> on the laptop 1280 x 800 is squished and off the screen on

    >
    > Go to the control panel or right-click on the desktop and go to
    > graphics properties. There will be a bunch of options depending
    > on your chip. Set it up the way you want for the laptop screen
    > and save it as a "scheme" (or whatever your software calls it).
    > Then connect the big monitor, set it up for THAT, and save it as
    > another "scheme". Then they will be easily accessible by right-
    > clicking the desktop and choosing the one you want.
    >
    > Remember about refresh rates etc!
    >
    >
    > --
    > The arrows are faster than rodents!
    > - t.
     
  4. Paul Randall

    Paul Randall Flightless Bird

    I'm guessing that you have your advanced monitor settings "Hide modes that
    this monitor cannot display" setting checked. By unchecking this, I get a
    multitude of screen resolution options up to double my monitor's actual
    width and height. I don't know if this is unique to my ATI Radeon XPress
    200M laptop driver, so your mileage may vary.

    -Paul Randall

    "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in message
    news:-O6c9HHipKHA.5588@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Thanks for advice. Unfortunately, the highest selection I can get is the
    > laptop max at 1280 x 800. There's a tab for the monitor when it's
    > connected,
    > but no option to change the resolution (which is 1280x1024) . The
    > resolution
    > option only appears on the laptop tab.
    >
    > I can change to a large size on Monitor 2, but there's no way to assign
    > that
    > to the big monitor unless I extend my desktop to that one, which i don't
    > want to. Very odd.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Anthony Giorgianni
    >
    > For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group
    >
    >
    > "thanatoid" <waiting@the.exit.invalid> wrote in message
    > news:Xns9D15DE7D585E3thanexit@188.40.43.245...
    >> "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in
    >> news:#KmnW5fpKHA.5308@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:
    >>
    >>> Hello All
    >>>
    >>> My job just gave me new Lenovo T400 laptop running XP. (No
    >>> Windows 7 yet
    >>> for us)
    >>>
    >>> It has a 14 inch wide format screen. I'm attaching the
    >>> computer to a traditional 20 inch screen. The wide display
    >>> on the laptop 1280 x 800 is squished and off the screen on

    >>
    >> Go to the control panel or right-click on the desktop and go to
    >> graphics properties. There will be a bunch of options depending
    >> on your chip. Set it up the way you want for the laptop screen
    >> and save it as a "scheme" (or whatever your software calls it).
    >> Then connect the big monitor, set it up for THAT, and save it as
    >> another "scheme". Then they will be easily accessible by right-
    >> clicking the desktop and choosing the one you want.
    >>
    >> Remember about refresh rates etc!
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >> The arrows are faster than rodents!
    >> - t.

    >
    >
    >
     
  5. Anthony Giorgianni

    Anthony Giorgianni Flightless Bird

    Thansk Pual. that did enable mroe setting. But ti turned out the problem was
    I didn't turn off the laptop monitor - but I instead had both on, was was
    causing me to a limited selection.

    However, things still go off the page if I set my 20" monitor any higher
    than 1024X768 (actually I can go two stops higher, but the aspect ratio
    screws up. It's a mess if I go anywhere near the 1280 X 1024 native
    resolution. So now I'm work with a fairly giant screen, and every time I
    switch to the 20" monitor, I get a warning that 1024x768 is not optimal. But
    I just can't go any higher without losing icons, parts of toollbars, etc.

    Thanks.

    Regards,
    Anthony Giorgianni

    For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group


    "Paul Randall" <paulr901@cableone.net> wrote in message
    news:eQJlU5mpKHA.3948@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > I'm guessing that you have your advanced monitor settings "Hide modes that
    > this monitor cannot display" setting checked. By unchecking this, I get a
    > multitude of screen resolution options up to double my monitor's actual
    > width and height. I don't know if this is unique to my ATI Radeon XPress
    > 200M laptop driver, so your mileage may vary.
    >
    > -Paul Randall
    >
    > "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in message
    > news:-O6c9HHipKHA.5588@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Thanks for advice. Unfortunately, the highest selection I can get is the
    >> laptop max at 1280 x 800. There's a tab for the monitor when it's
    >> connected,
    >> but no option to change the resolution (which is 1280x1024) . The
    >> resolution
    >> option only appears on the laptop tab.
    >>
    >> I can change to a large size on Monitor 2, but there's no way to assign
    >> that
    >> to the big monitor unless I extend my desktop to that one, which i don't
    >> want to. Very odd.
    >>
    >> Regards,
    >> Anthony Giorgianni
    >>
    >> For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group
    >>
    >>
    >> "thanatoid" <waiting@the.exit.invalid> wrote in message
    >> news:Xns9D15DE7D585E3thanexit@188.40.43.245...
    >>> "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in
    >>> news:#KmnW5fpKHA.5308@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:
    >>>
    >>>> Hello All
    >>>>
    >>>> My job just gave me new Lenovo T400 laptop running XP. (No
    >>>> Windows 7 yet
    >>>> for us)
    >>>>
    >>>> It has a 14 inch wide format screen. I'm attaching the
    >>>> computer to a traditional 20 inch screen. The wide display
    >>>> on the laptop 1280 x 800 is squished and off the screen on
    >>>
    >>> Go to the control panel or right-click on the desktop and go to
    >>> graphics properties. There will be a bunch of options depending
    >>> on your chip. Set it up the way you want for the laptop screen
    >>> and save it as a "scheme" (or whatever your software calls it).
    >>> Then connect the big monitor, set it up for THAT, and save it as
    >>> another "scheme". Then they will be easily accessible by right-
    >>> clicking the desktop and choosing the one you want.
    >>>
    >>> Remember about refresh rates etc!
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> The arrows are faster than rodents!
    >>> - t.

    >>
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
  6. Anthony Giorgianni

    Anthony Giorgianni Flightless Bird

    SOLVED: Re: Using wide and regular format monitors

    Thanks everybody. The solution was nothing more than setting 1290x1024 on
    the extermal montior and pressing the auto refresh botton!!!! That last
    thing was the missing part!

    Regards,
    Anthony Giorgianni

    For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group


    "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in message
    news:-OfKeApopKHA.1544@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Thansk Pual. that did enable mroe setting. But ti turned out the problem
    > was
    > I didn't turn off the laptop monitor - but I instead had both on, was was
    > causing me to a limited selection.
    >
    > However, things still go off the page if I set my 20" monitor any higher
    > than 1024X768 (actually I can go two stops higher, but the aspect ratio
    > screws up. It's a mess if I go anywhere near the 1280 X 1024 native
    > resolution. So now I'm work with a fairly giant screen, and every time I
    > switch to the 20" monitor, I get a warning that 1024x768 is not optimal.
    > But
    > I just can't go any higher without losing icons, parts of toollbars, etc.
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Regards,
    > Anthony Giorgianni
    >
    > For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group
    >
    >
    > "Paul Randall" <paulr901@cableone.net> wrote in message
    > news:eQJlU5mpKHA.3948@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> I'm guessing that you have your advanced monitor settings "Hide modes
    >> that
    >> this monitor cannot display" setting checked. By unchecking this, I get
    >> a
    >> multitude of screen resolution options up to double my monitor's actual
    >> width and height. I don't know if this is unique to my ATI Radeon XPress
    >> 200M laptop driver, so your mileage may vary.
    >>
    >> -Paul Randall
    >>
    >> "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in message
    >> news:-O6c9HHipKHA.5588@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>> Thanks for advice. Unfortunately, the highest selection I can get is the
    >>> laptop max at 1280 x 800. There's a tab for the monitor when it's
    >>> connected,
    >>> but no option to change the resolution (which is 1280x1024) . The
    >>> resolution
    >>> option only appears on the laptop tab.
    >>>
    >>> I can change to a large size on Monitor 2, but there's no way to assign
    >>> that
    >>> to the big monitor unless I extend my desktop to that one, which i don't
    >>> want to. Very odd.
    >>>
    >>> Regards,
    >>> Anthony Giorgianni
    >>>
    >>> For everyone's benefit, please post back to the group
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "thanatoid" <waiting@the.exit.invalid> wrote in message
    >>> news:Xns9D15DE7D585E3thanexit@188.40.43.245...
    >>>> "Anthony Giorgianni" <pleasepost@backto.group> wrote in
    >>>> news:#KmnW5fpKHA.5308@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl:
    >>>>
    >>>>> Hello All
    >>>>>
    >>>>> My job just gave me new Lenovo T400 laptop running XP. (No
    >>>>> Windows 7 yet
    >>>>> for us)
    >>>>>
    >>>>> It has a 14 inch wide format screen. I'm attaching the
    >>>>> computer to a traditional 20 inch screen. The wide display
    >>>>> on the laptop 1280 x 800 is squished and off the screen on
    >>>>
    >>>> Go to the control panel or right-click on the desktop and go to
    >>>> graphics properties. There will be a bunch of options depending
    >>>> on your chip. Set it up the way you want for the laptop screen
    >>>> and save it as a "scheme" (or whatever your software calls it).
    >>>> Then connect the big monitor, set it up for THAT, and save it as
    >>>> another "scheme". Then they will be easily accessible by right-
    >>>> clicking the desktop and choosing the one you want.
    >>>>
    >>>> Remember about refresh rates etc!
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> The arrows are faster than rodents!
    >>>> - t.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >
    >
    >
     

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