Extending Windows desktop onto a secondary monitor
Posted on 2007-04-07
Dell Dimension 8400 Pentium 4 3 GHz, 1GB RAM XP Pro v2002 SP2 with Radeon x300 Series display adapter with 2 Samsung (920N and 940N) monitors split by an external StarTech VideoVIEW ST 122 2-port VGA Video Splitter.
Problem: The RADEON X300 Series Secondary (2) does not recognize any driver regardless of either 920N or 940N driver that I install into that Secondary display adapter (using the Samsung driver installer, I can choose which display adapter to install which driver on). I cannot extend my Windows desktop onto (2) the secondary monitor OR use the secondary monitor as a primary monitor. It will only recognize one monitor (1) regardless of what driver is installed for that monitor but will display both monitors. What confuses me is that both monitors display the same thing regardless, even though they are different monitors using the same driver. It doesn't matter what driver I install (920N or 940N) either. Selecting either or both boxes in the Display Propeties/Settings tab and Applying those changes does not affect the split monitor view that I require, but defaults back to a non selection and a Not Active (2). Under the Advanced button/Monitor tab for (2) the Secondary, it displays Default Monitor as the Monitor type and the Properties button is ghosted, so I cannot manually install a driver into that display adapter. Do I have a crappy adapter? Do I need to spring for a new one and trash the splitter? Thanks.