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andymirasol

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Hi,i am trying to use a flatscreen lcd tv/monitor as a second monitor on my laptop(xp),which at first was going fine, i clicked Extend My Windows Desktop Onto This Monitor check box.The desktop appeared on the tv/monitor, i altered the resolution to fit the screen and it was central on the screen, but as i was altering the settings while continuing to set it up and now i cannot get the desktop to sit correctly on the screen.It goes off up to the top right and i cannot get it back again to how it was,that is sitting centrally on the tv/monitor?i have tried altering all the resolutions up and down the scale but no luck.
Can anyone help please?
thankyou.
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- Have you tried removing the second monitor and adding it again? (Deselecting extend desktop then re-enabling it)
- Also what size is your second monitor? Is it a TV or a monitor (computer and tv monitors use different resolutions/ratios).
- Are they both widescreen?
- Also how are you connecting the monitors, and what type of video card do you have?
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Hiya, yes tried hundreds of times adding it again.
It is a 21" TV
With a vga cable,straight out the back of the laptop into the tv.

But like i say when i first set it up and messed around with the computer i got it to position correctly, but now it will not,it sits to the top right of the tv screen.
So i know it will work,lol but it just wont go back.
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Are you cloning your monitor or doing a horizantal span?
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Hi, i want to run a CDG plugin on winamp which plays karaoke text to music, basically you run it on the laptop and just click the box what opens up and drag it across onto the tv screen.I already tried this, it works ok...so i guess this would be a horizontal span not a clone.
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Correct. A clone is just where both monitors show the same exact screen. While horizantal span is where you can drag/display different windows on either screen.

So to confirm my understanding, your TV is only using a part of its display, while the rest is black?
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Hiya,the tv monitor originally shown the desktop picture from the laptop from corner to corner minus icons on the tv screen,this is how i need it,but at the moment the desktop image on the tv screen is sited offset to the top right but on a monitor you can line this up with the x/y buttons but on the tv there is none.
But originally when i first connected it i was messing around with the resolutions in display properties and it came right but i cannot now get this correct setting back and it sits to the top right.
Thx

Edited by andymirasol, 16 June 2009 - 08:54 AM.

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Hmm, what is your resolution set to for each monitor?
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1024X768
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What happens if you set your tv to be the main display(primary)? Will your computer also only use part of the screen, or will it use the full screen.
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this is greyed out and i cannot select it as primary but the desktop is ok on laptop ,just offcenter on tv
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Could you provide me with a screenshot of your Display Properties -> Settings for each monitor? Let me know if you need assistance with this.
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Hi Trippester, its on another computer of my friends and he does not have internet access on it.
they are both set to 1024 x 768 32 bit color
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Are you able to move your mouse around the whole TV screen? Or only where the desktop background/wallpaper is?

Edited by Trippster, 16 June 2009 - 06:47 PM.

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Hi Trippster, yeps its only on the desktop
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