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I am running Vista 64 bit, I have a Nvidia 8800GT with two Samsung SyncMaster 226CW monitors.   I loaded the digital 226CW drivers, but I keep getting 3 Generic non-pnp drivers as well, if I delete them, I get them back it keeps coming back.  Windows thinks the two samsung drivers are the main ones, but these extra drivers keep coming back.

For the most part it doesn't cause problems, but it is very annoying, and color management seems to notice them as well.
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by:Merete
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Maybe if you add one monitor then once it's cleanly installed add in the other coudl just be the sequence of installing the devices. If not right windows overlaps them. Can rename them like number 2 or something?
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Can't rename them or anything.  Windows just keeps creating the three extra non-existent "general non-pnp monitor" devices.
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Right, are you looking in device manager under monitors?
That is by default if you use clone mode or dual screens, they are called default monitors.
Via the s-video cable
I have the same since I use clone mode with PC to TV with s-video
Maybe it is the cabling your using to connect several monitors.
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by:CharlieBeBop
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I've used dual view (dual monitors on Nvidia) for almost 10 years now, i've had probably 10 cards since then, ATI and NVidia, and this is the first time I have ever seen it do that.  Maybe it is something specific to Vista and Nvidia, but I have never seen it before.
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I believe the one default is for viewing from left to right on the 2 screens and the other is for viewing right to left.
And the other settings is just for either of the Samsung SyncMaster 226CW monitors.
I never saw it a few years back either but seems to come in with all the new drivers and new control panel for the nvidia, i can only speak for the nvidia since I have a 6600Gt.
A lot of new options including spanning are now inluded with teh new drivers.
Clean installed this card on a new hard drive and sure enough 4 appeared by themselves. Unless you look in the device manager you'd never know.
 In display I just see the 2 monitors LG on nvidia and default monitor.

For your benefit I did a little research
http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=174970
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