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How do I split screens

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I have a two monitors.  For some reason, the second monitor doesn't seem to recognize anything.   It says, "no signal input or cable disconnected".   The NVidea card has two outputs, and I have two (Long) cables to each screen (my computer is in another room).   I'm thinking it's just a setting I need, but I'm very hesitant to mess with this.
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by:PUNKY
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by:wheezle
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Check your "Start : Control Panel : Display : Settings" tab on the monitor that works to make sure the second monitor has been activated there.
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22750711
I rebooted the computer.   The left monitor actually lit up!!!!  Then, when I pushed the on/off switch on the right monitor, it lit up and the left one  shut off.  Now the left one won't light up.   What am I missing here?
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by:PUNKY
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Did you check Enable Expand or Dual View?
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by:ralphwalkerdj
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How do I do that?
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22750757
RIGHT ON!!!!
Now the only problem is that the second screen's resolution is terrible!!!  What should I do?  Sorry I'm so naive!
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22750758
Another dumb question: how do I move the cursor from one screen to the other?
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22750760
I FIGURED OUT THE RESOLUTION PART!!!!!!!!!!!
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22750788
Problem: Nothing shows up on the secondary screen except the background.   And I still can't move the cursor there.  Why aren't both screens identical?
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by:PUNKY
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How large of your monitor screen?
It is wary of resolution.  The larger your screen size, the more graphics memory you should equip.  An 8800GT will do anything and run dual 2560x1600 screens.
Or you might have update nView from nVidia support website.
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by:ralphwalkerdj
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Both are 19 inches.  I'm not sure I understand the rest of what you said.  Do I actually need to do something?  This is a brand new install of the card.
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by:PUNKY
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I guess your monitors are widescreen, try to set resolution that match with monitor specs first.
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by:ralphwalkerdj
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The second monitor still doesn't support any of the icons, even at the lowest resolution.
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OK, before I make a big mistake, there is no icon to the left of the clock. However, when I go to Start, programs and Nvidea, there is a Nvidea PhysX.  Should I use that, since the advice you gave me is from a 6600 and is, I'm assuming, more dated than the 8800.

Also, would I have more luch with two LCD monitors than with an LCD and a CRT?
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by:PUNKY
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Go the link below and download software for 8800 if the version is newer what you have.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_8800gt.html
Also, check the nVidia video card you have to make sure what vendor of it:
 http://www.nvidia.com/object/support_aic.html
Yes you can use PhysX you have, and also check newer version online:
http://www.nvidia.com/content/forcewithin/us/download.asp
 
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by:ralphwalkerdj
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The Vendor is BFG TEch.    I have the latest driver, and I'm not sure what the purpose of the 2nd and third link is.  The main question now, I think, is how to actually use PhysX, right?  Is there a step-by-step guide like the 6600?  That one was perfect.

And, by the way, thank you for being so amazingly responsive, Punky.
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by:PUNKY
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Oh, I am sorry. The PhysX is hardware acceleration for gaming. It is not a tool like nView.
I think you should go back to begin, and setup again the dual monitor in either the contal panel, or in microsoft link below. nVidia has gereric procedure online as well:
http://nvidia.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nvidia.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=28&p_created=1096498048&p_sid=Zvi3WLgj&p_accessibility=0&p_redirect=&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MTUsMTUmcF9wcm9kcz0wJnBfY2F0cz0wJnBfcHY9JnBfY3Y9JnBfc2VhcmNoX3R5cGU9YW5zd2Vycy5zZWFyY2hfbmwmcF9wYWdlPTEmcF9zZWFyY2hfdGV4dD1kdWFsIG1vbml0b3Jz&p_li=&p_topview=1
Or use this link:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307873/en-us
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by:ralphwalkerdj
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I think I'm stupid.  

Is it possible the monitor just isn's conducive for this?  Are some monitors better than others for double screening?
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by:PUNKY
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Can you post a screen shot of your display property like pictures below:
display-property.JPG
display-property-2.JPG
display-property-3.JPG
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22754257
How do I do this?  Print screen?
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by:PUNKY
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Yes, just do print screen (but if you can save into jpeg format so it is smaller size and upload easy). And then use Attach file option below and upload here.
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by:ralphwalkerdj
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 OK.......  I save it to a  Word file.  But I can't copy it here.  This one question is turning into three!  I'm giving you 1000 points later!  What do I do?
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by:PUNKY
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Do this way:
- Hit Print Screen key
- Start > Programs > Accessories > Paint
- Click on Edit to get drop down menu, and slect Paste
- See the picture attached on follow steps below. One picture 1, use red square as a function to resize your picture

print-screen.JPG
print-screen-2.JPG
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by:PUNKY
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Dont worry about points, you should wait little more (might be tomorrow, Monday), more experts will see and help you out.
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22754571
I saved the photo as a .jpg.   How do I import it to here????????
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by:PUNKY
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See pictures attached below.
When you click Add File, you will be asked to navigate to where the pictures located, and then you open or add the picture, name on description, and click summit.

attach-1.JPG
attach-2.JPG
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by:PUNKY
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I will be out for diner, and might go back later. But other experts will help you better.
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22754664
Here's what the first page looks like
a.JPG
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by:ralphwalkerdj
ID: 22754708
To get from b to c, I hit "advanced.
c.JPG
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by:ralphwalkerdj
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Awesome work.  Thank you
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