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Second screen on Laptop - Changing Screen Arrangement

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Hi All,

I run Windows XP (SP 3) on a Compaq nw8440 laptop with an ATI Radeon X1600 graphics adapter.

I use an HP L1908w as a 2nd screen.

Under DISPLAY PROPERTIES --> SETTINGS:
The default screen arrangement is as follows:  [1]  [2]
(So my laptop-screen [1] is on the left and the 2nd screen [2] is on the right).

When I drag and drop screen [2] to the Left and click OK, it changes the arrangement to:  [2]  [1]
(Which is the way I want it)

--so far so good--

However, when I log out and back in, the default settings has been restored, viz.  [1]  [2].

I've also tried to do this via ATI's Catalyst Control Center, however the same problem occurs.

How do I force (and Save) the DISPLAY SETTINGS on XP to remember the new screen layout?

Thank you
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Some systems will never been able to get it to work as you described.  Here are some suggestions that have helped in the past.

-make sure the ati driver is up to date (it seems they change this weekly) and the other vid card driver is up to date.  The problem is specific to ati cards.
-make sure you have the correct monitor drivers installed for each screen and no extra monitors.
-sometimes the vid card and the motherboard are not compatible, a better word they are kind of compatible.  A lot of times the motherboard cannot supply enough power to the video card to consistantly support two monitors.  (think of it as a limiter on a car or a funnel)
-update your systems bios
post back with any updates you discover
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