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Dual Monitor Different Desktop Backgrounds

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I've got 2 Sony CRTs going into a Matrox Millenuim G450 DualHead video card and I'm wondering: can I get a different background image on each screen?  

Right now it mirrors whatever I choose, esentially outs it on both.
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by:CrazyOne
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You should be able to

Start > Run Display
Click the monitor you want to make the change and then change it.
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by:CrazyOne
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Umm that should be

Click the Desktop tab and then click monitor you want to make the change and then change it.
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by:happydog234
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start > run > display

"windows cannot find 'display'. make sure the typed name coprrectly, and then try again.  to search for a file..."
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by:happydog234
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Nope, changes it for both
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by:happydog234
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clicing desktop tab only shows one monitor

two monitors appear under settings, bu not desktop
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by:CrazyOne
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Oops sorry that should have been

Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display

>>>two monitors appear under settings, bu not desktop

Yeah another goof. Umm did you click on the monitor in question and try to change the background?
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by:happydog234
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there is no option to change background on the screen with 2 monitors

display:
 tab: desktop: one monitor - option to change bkg changes on both
 tab: settings: 2 monitors - no optoin to change bkg
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by:CrazyOne
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Bummer I don't know of any work around to change this. What opeating system is this?
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xp pro
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sp1
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by:CrazyOne
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Hmm I thought this could be done on XP. Apparently it will only save certain configurations for one monitor. It may take a third party utilitly to do it but I don't of any off hand.
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by:happydog234
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k, thanks for trying!
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by:chicagoan
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I thought Matrox Powerdesk could do this?
Did you click ADD EXTRA "DUAL HEAD MULTI DISPLAY" SUPPORT when you installed Powerdesk?
Else see http://forum.matrox.com/mga/viewtopic.php?t=6037
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by:DarkHound
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I usually just make one large background image and literally paste the two in there, for instance, I have 2 1024x768 Monitors so I make an image in photoslop that is ((1024+1024) x 768) = 2048x768, and I arrange the images how I want them to look on the monitors.

also look here: http://www.plasmadesign.co.uk/dualmonitorselection.htm

and here: http://wallpaper.deviantart.com/dualdisplay/

here too: http://www.digitalblasphemy.com/mpages/2x_1.shtml

over here: http://www.geocities.com/verybadcrc/


Also I know on nvidia cards, there used to be an option in Nview to do this. But that's not going to help with your Matrox card.. I'm actually kinda surprised it's not included with matrox's stuff.
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by:happydog234
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chicagoan, that didn't help: i can change the resuloutions seperatly but can't set unique backgrounds
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by:happydog234
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DarkHound

good suggestion, but I don't want tto have to do that if i can avoid it...
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by:chicagoan
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you can change color schemes, no? next best thing?
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by:John Smith
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I dunno if you can do it with a matrox, but there is a tool that comes with Radeon Dual head cards, called nView, that allows you to set different wall papers on the monitors. Check the Matrox Website, they should be able to help.
(*Reminices on when he had a matrox mx400... lovely cards they were!*)
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I think you need UltraMon - it's an absolutely brilliant utility for multiple monitors, in fact the best I've seen for this purpose.  See here:  http://www.realtimesoft.com/ultramon/

(I'm not affiliated with them, I just love the program.)

Simon.
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by:happydog234
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HOLY CRAP, WHAT A UTLITY
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by:happydog234
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****ing kickass, nice ****in util.  Perfect...!
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by:hotsextoy
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another way without a utility is, go to Display Properties > Desktop tab > click on Customize Desktop > click on New, find the wallpaper you want...and move it to the screen you want, resize it the way you want and lock it in place...

patb
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