HP NW8440 laptop - Desktop icons scramble when connected to external monitor
Posted on 2008-06-23
Hi there experts,
I have searched the archives and related posts, and have not found a definitive solution, so I would like to toss this one at you......
In my workplace, I recently switched laptops from a IBM T43P to a HP NW8440. Having done such, I have encountered a problem which ranks rather high on the annoying list.....
Background - I use my desktop as a filing system, and have 15-20 folders on it such as "HR", "Admin", "Customers" and the like. Additionally, I also have shortcuts to network folders for quick access to folders I access frequently. I have done this for many years, and have developed a system that I am familiar with and works for me.
Further background.. I started this with a HP N610C, migrated to a HP NC6000, and followed suite on the IBM T43P. I would lay the icons out carefully where I wanted them and again have become familiar with where everything is.
Now the problem, every time I plug the NW8440 into an external monitor, the desktop icons "scramble" all over the place in no rational order that I can detect. I use an external LCD as my primary display when in the office, but am now scared to plug it into anything else in fear I will be re-arranging things for the 27th time!
I have checked the obvious - turned off arrange icons to grid, and auto arrange. Any suggestions on how to stop this from happening? It was very embarrasing last week when I had to give a presentation to senior management and my desktop looked like a 4 year old had a field day!
The NW 8440 is a wide screen unit. However, I have someone on staff that has the SAME exact laptop and doesnt have this problem. I havent gone as far to put the units side by side and compare what is different. Again, this is the first laptop I have ever had this issue with. However, oddly enough, shortly before the T43P was put out to pasture, it was doing the same thing. I am not sure if this is coincidence or not.
Basically, I want to set my desktop up to my liking, and have it stay that way regardless of display resolution.
Hoping to find an answer. I would prefer not to use a third party app if at all possible.