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Installing A Second Monitor under winXP

By Optiv
Feb 27, 2005
  1. hey just got another monitor for my pc,

    The original runs off a seperate driver, as i have another plug avaliable through the motherboard.

    i was running win M.E and used to be able to plug it straight in and use dual monitors, however XP doesn't recognise it when i plug it in and restart.
    Can anyone help me with this issue and prehaps tell me what to do?.....

    Do i have to enable something???

    Optiv
     
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    In Display Properties you should see two monitors. You have to enable the grayed out one by ticking the checkbox that says to extend your Windows desktop on that monitor.

    Did the WinMe dual monitor setup work on that same machine? Not all display adapters allow you to use the DVI and VGA outputs at the same time.
     
  3. Optiv

    Optiv TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah it worked fine using windows M.E - just no go with XP... thats why i'm wondering if something has to be enabled ?????

    I don't have the dual monitor setup in the display menu
     
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 9,431

    Then Windows doesn't detect that you have two monitors attached.

    Do you have the latest and proper dirvers installed for both your video cards and monitors?
     
  5. shadow_29

    shadow_29 TS Rookie Posts: 252

    hey optiv,which video card do you have???.do you have onboard video?
     
  6. Optiv

    Optiv TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My primary monitor is running off of the video card -

    The Secondary Monitor ( The one trying to get going ) is running off the motherboard - (motherboard monitor)

    Still no luck with getting anything working
     
  7. shadow_29

    shadow_29 TS Rookie Posts: 252

    you'll have to enable it and assign some video ram to it through bios.also you might want to check if the onboard video isnt diabled in the windows xp,check device manager and look for a small sign in front of any device.you also might wanna check your onboard video drivers or reinstall them.
     
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