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Set dualview/clone as default for multiple users

Can't seem to find anything useful on google about this.

I have a few classrooms with a computer with a monitor and projector set up for the teachers. If I set it to Dualview/clone in the nvidia control panel and then an other users log on it defaults to single monitor. Before I started here they used VGA Y-cables to go around it. But they strain the VGA port on the computer, some have started glitch and some graphics cards only have DVI so I have to use first DVI to VGA, then a VGA Y-cable and then the cable to the monitor and projector. And since the computers are in cages a bit over the floor the entire weight of that bends on the graphics card. I haven't found any thing in the Nvidia control panel that lets me set clone as default for all users. Is there a way?

I have one computer with an ATI card as well. And it would be nice if that could work with clone as well.
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ishtari
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Justin_W_ChandlerCommented:
You need to modify the appropriate registry values that tell ATI to use dualview. You can accomplish this by looking in the registry while logged in as a user that has dualview/clone enabled. Check under HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\ATI and export that key to a REG file. Then, you can apply those settings to the default user (HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT). This is the easiest way to accomplish this.
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gurutcCommented:
Hi,

One thing you can do is to create a new user with everything default.  Don't configure any special settings.  Log in as that user.  Then only do this:  Set the Display Settings the way you want them.  Then log out.

Now log in as yourself.  Go to Documents and Settings.  You'll see folders for Default User and the new user you set up.  First, make a copy  of the Default User folder.  Make sure you have view system and hidden files turned on.  So now you also have a Copy of Default User folder.  Then go into the new user folder, select all, and copy.  Now go into the Default User folder, and paste.  Over write all folders and files if asked.

Now, when a new user logs in, they'll get the Display Settings from Default User, which you just set up.

If this all doesn't work, copy the files from Copy of Default User back into the Default User folder.

Good Luck,

- gurutc
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gurutcCommented:
Or do what the other guy said!

I couldn't locate the key in the registry, cuz I have Intel Graphics.

If you do the registry hack, be sure to export a copy of the current registry to a backup file before you apply any changes.

Good Luck,

- gurutc
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ishtariAuthor Commented:
I was dreading the default profile/regkey thing. There are 10 computers and I usually have to re-ghost them at the start of every term depending on the teachers software and hardware needs. There isn't an other way, a script or something?
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gurutcCommented:
well, once you have the .reg export of the ati key, all you have to do is put it in a place where all the pcs can see it, like a share, go to each box, click on the .reg file, and say yes when it asks if you want to confirm adding this to the registry.

Good Luck,

- gurutc
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gurutcCommented:
well, right click on it, and then click on merge or add to registry, or you can double-click on it.  

- gurutc
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ishtariAuthor Commented:
Alright, I guess there isn't any easier way so I'll try it. Works the same with nvidia?
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gurutcCommented:
It should.  The reason the other Expert said find ATI in the registry is cuz ATI uses NVidia chipsets a lot.  Find the ATI or NVidia section of your registry that has the settings (yes this will be a PITA!)

But, as always, Good Luck!

- gurutc
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ishtariAuthor Commented:
When I tried in a classroom I was a bit surprised to find that 2 of my test accounts that I don't remember to have been used on that computer worked with dualview without configuration. I guess I'll have to try more accounts on more computers. It would be great if it worked, however it doesn't seem probable.
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stlbridgeCommented:
Or create a "dual monitor" group that has these settings available.  Or, just unlock that setting:

Start, Run, GPEDIT.MSC

You gould go to the registry and "hack" it, or you could try this. :)
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Justin_W_ChandlerCommented:
ISHTARI please be specific when you say "It would be great if it worked..." Do you mean that you set the setting in the default user profile as suggested? If that's the case then yes it will definitely work on any new users that log into that computer. You can also replicate the settings in the same way as the other poster (by creating a user the way you like and then copying everything into the "Default" directory under /documents and settings/default, though it's a bit sloppy in that it will also copy everything else and not just that setting.

STLBRIDGE what exactly are you talking about? What does group policy editor have to do with turning on dualview for new users? Please elaborate.
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ishtariAuthor Commented:
Yes I can see now how what I wrote can be misinterpreted. What I did was nothing, and it worked on the 2 test accounts that i was pretty sure I hadn't setup dualview on. So I will have to try it on another computer, however the projectors are usually rather busy so I haven't had the time to test more thoroughly yet.
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Justin_W_ChandlerCommented:
Well I am still unclear on what exactly where we're going with this or if your problem has resolved itself. In any case i hope I was of some help to you. Have a good day and post back if you want to continue with this.

Justin Chandler
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gurutcCommented:
I'm with you guys.  What's the 'thing' that's working?  Is it just automatically working?

Thanks!

- gurutc
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ishtariAuthor Commented:
Sorry guys, it seemed like the computers where teasing me or something. :) Sometimes dualview/clone worked for all users without doing anything at all with the comp and at other times they  So I didn't know what to think. However when it didn't work by it self the reg hack seemed to do the trick.

It was just a bit hard to fix when I wasn't always able to replicate the problem.

Sorry for keeping you waiting, thanks for your patience!
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