WinXP split screen issue

By Khahli
Nov 2, 2009
  1. Brand: Compaq Presario
    Model: V6444US
    OS: XP sp3


    When the computer was turned on this morning the entire screen (from boot start) was split into tiled copies of iteslf. Even when I go into the BIOS screen, it too is split in tiled copies. When Windows boots, the entire desktop is tiled. Each tile has it's own cursor, task bar, desktop icons, and programs. All tiles work simultaneously (not individually), so when the mouse is moved, all cursors move the same direction and click the same icon in each tile; when a program is opened, it opens in all tiles. No new programs have been installed and no updates occurred since last use (the night before).

    Attempted fixes:

    1. simple reboot - no change
    2. system restore - no change
    3. updated graphics driver - not needed
    4. virus scan - clean

    Does anyone have any clues about how I can remove the split and make it normal again (short of complete reinstallation)? Any help is appreciated thank you.
  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415


    if it happens before windows kicks in then its not a windows fault and reinstalling windows wont do anything.

    is your video card one that is on the motherboard or one that is on a seperate card.

    Can you try the monitor on another pc or laptop.
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