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Dual Monitor issue. Lock console & external monitor becomes monitor #1

2009-06-26, 1:34 AM

Hi folks.

 

New here.  Sorry if this has  been asked/answered, but I searched and didn't find it.

 

My company got me this great new W500 laptop.  Came with minidock and external monitor.

 

I have the monitor plugged into the minidock, and have it to the right of the laptop.

 

Laptop is monitor #2, and external LCD display is #2.  works great.  UNTIL....

 

If I lock the console, and fold the laptop monitor closed (to have it power off - i.e. at lunch break, etc...)

 

When I come back, the external monitor is now monitor #1 (has the windows task bar, Start menu, etc...) and it thinks the laptop monitor is monitor #2. 

 

I can't figure out how to switch them back without rebooting.  It's very frustrating, b/c the 'sides' are swapped too.  Meaning the external LCD display which is physically to the right, is "on the left" as far as Windows is concerned, so if I drag the mouse off-screen to the right of the external display, it arrives on the left side of the laptop (which is physically to the left).

 

Is there a simple solution to this?  I can't live with having to reboot every time I lock my monitor.

 

I'm using Windows XP if that makes a difference.

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Re: Dual Monitor issue. Lock console & external monitor becomes monitor #1

2009-06-26, 1:48 AM

more information...

 

It's the 'advanced minidock' with keys.

 

The monitor is connected via the DVI port, not the plain old VGA port.

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Re: Dual Monitor issue. Lock console & external monitor becomes monitor #1

2009-06-26, 13:16 PM

noticed a typo in my original post...

 

"Laptop is monitor #2, and external LCD display is #2.  works great.  UNTIL...."

 

It should read:

 

"

Laptop is monitor #1, and external LCD display is #2.  works great.  UNTIL....

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Re: Dual Monitor issue. Lock console & external monitor becomes monitor #1

2009-08-13, 16:48 PM
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/display_multi_monitors_select_primary.mspx?mfr=true
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Re: Dual Monitor issue. Lock console & external monitor becomes monitor #1

2009-08-17, 15:26 PM

thank you for your response, but this is already set.

 

Display #1 (multiple monitors) on ATI Mobility FireGL V5700

 

is already set as the primary monitor. 

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