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  1. #1
    Jacques Latoison Guest

    Dual monitors

    Hi all,
    Does anyone know how to get Vista to both mirror and/or span across dual
    monitors - without the use of extra software (is Vista capable by itself)?
    The main goal is mirroring as I'm being asked by several people. I can do
    it with my nVidia control panel, but others need to do it with just Vista
    (even Ultramon says they can't do it on Vista, just on XP and 2000).

    Thanks beforehand

  2. #2
    LVTravel Guest

    Re: Dual monitors

    Totally depends on the video card and drivers you have in the system whether
    you can span across monitors. If you don't have two outputs (one on a
    laptop with the built-in display) that you can hook the individual monitors
    to you can't. I haven't yet seen any laptops that don't have the ability to
    span. I have an older Dell with XP Home, two Averatecs, one with XP Home
    and one with XP Pro, and an HP running Vista Ultimate. All can span or
    display the same image depending on how I have the driver set up.

    In Vista you Right click a blank area of the desktop. Click Personalize.
    In the Personalization window that opens click Display Settings. Make sure
    that your second monitor is connected to the extra output port on the
    computer. If the computer's video driver is capable of "seeing" two outputs
    at the same time you will see monitor 1 and monitor 2 displayed in the
    Display Settings window that opens. To span, click on the monitor with the
    2 in it. You will see "Extend the desktop onto this monitor" appear. Click
    the box to the left of the message and then click Apply. You should
    immediately see the desktop expand out to the other monitor.

    If you want to send the same data to two monitors (or a monitor and
    projector) get an amplified video splitter. A decent one can be had for
    about $50. This (even with a laptop with a weak video system) will allow
    you to run two outputs and not have to worry about movies or such not being
    properly projected. There are many different ones and here is one, not
    necessarily one that I recommend.

  3. #3
    S. Farragut Guest

    Re: Dual monitors

    I have looked into this as well in the past..

    you cant switch back to mirrored without an extra software or the driver
    control panel....

    that's what I have concluded

    perhaps you can define key-shortcuts to do this using the nvidia driver so
    you wont have to go to the control panel

    otherwise both in nvidia and ati I always needed to go to their control

  4. #4
    Ken Blake, MVP Guest

    Re: Dual monitors

    Yes, Vista is capable of doing either by itself. Ultramon adds
    additional features, but neither it nor any other extra software is


  5. #5
    Jacques Latoison Guest

    Re: Dual monitors

    No offense but you didn't explain how to do it.

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