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Dual Monitor problems

I have a Dell with 2 monitors and all was working well until I disconnected the primary. Now the secondary monitor is the primary and I can't seem to get it back to normal. Can some one please help me?

XP Pro

Dell with 2 monitor.s

Thank you
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jray9242
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
What version of Windows?

In XP,

1. Right-click a blank area of the desktop and click "Properties".  
2. Click the "Settings" tab
3. Both monitors will be listed.  Click on the monitor that is supposed to be primary.
4. Check the "Use this device as the primary monitor" box.
5. Click "OK"
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jray9242Author Commented:
Dang, I did that but it doesn't change... urggg!
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Brian PringleSystems Analyst II, SCM, ERPCommented:
Are there two video cards or is it one card that has two plugs or a dongle with two plugs on the end of it?  

If it has the dongle, make sure that the primary is plugged into the blue plug.  

If it is a single card with two ports, are they both analog or digital, or is one analog and one digital?

If there are two cards, which one is being used for the primary monitor?  Is one of them integrated into the motherboard?
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MereteCommented:
If you have system restore enablled might be a quicker fix that chasing settings
restore your computer back a couple of days.
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jray9242Author Commented:
Good point about the restore point. I have one video card and the monitors are plugged into each other. Meaning Display two is plugged into Display one.

Thanks for the hints
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MereteCommented:
yeah it gets a bit tricky when default monitors start swapping places if you can put the display back to single display boot  make sure you have the right monitor plugged into the default.

alternative is to unplug the secondary monitor, in safemode if necesary do this, uninstall your video card then re-install it.
or
 tap F8 a few times in the advanced options select start computer in VGA mode then you can uninstall and  re-uinstall the drivers.
it will put your default monitor back then plug in the second screen activate the clone mode or dual screens again.
Did you change a setting?
What is the DVI or video card your using?
Any manuals?



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jray9242Author Commented:
Ah, another good point! I have a DELL and using the onboard video card.. Gee I am getting old. I should have thought about that one. Unplug, reboot and set it up again.. Too simple!!!!!

Thanks
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MereteCommented:
lol my pleasure, i get that too :D
 I just hope it works. Let me know how you go.

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jray9242Author Commented:
I am going to increase the points to 200 so to be fair to both of you.

thanks
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jray9242Author Commented:
I am going to increase the points to 200 so to be fair to both of you.

thanks
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MereteCommented:
Thank you jray9242: I  take it you have success and restored the default monitor back?
Cheers Merete
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jray9242Author Commented:
Ah yes, the old, unplug it routine worked..... LOL.

Thanks again!

Jim
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