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My Dad has an ATI Graphics card (specifications unknown) with an application called Catalyst Control panel that controls the card and sets the dual monitor.  It is not fast to use that application to switch between single and dual displays and therefore, it doesn't play nice with some remote software. I will be using on my website called "dimdim".  I know I could use something better for remote desktop, or built-in for that matter, but I have some particular reasons for wanting to use dimdim.  

This means that I need a third-party software or something that makes it a single click of an icon to switch between single and dual monitor mode.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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by:Tony van Schaik
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I'm using LogMeIn free with my dual monitor setup and never had problems. You can switch with LogMein to dual and single monitor setup, you can find these settings in de top toolbar of LogMeIn under Screen Settings. https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/
It's also possible in Catalyst Control Center to assign Hot Key or Shortcut keys so you can switch profiles or switch between display.
Hotkeys quickly setup ATI Catalyst Control Center Hotkeys to instantly adjust and configure ATI Radeon graphics accelerators without running the ATI Catalyst Control Center application.  
But i would suggest just use LogMeIn for remote control no hassle or difficult setups or configurations. You can just click and switch the display view.
Hope this helps you out.
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I have a specific reason for wanting to use DimDim.  I am looking for a utility that will switch easily between single and dual-monitor mode.
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by:Tony van Schaik
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You can use hotkeys in Ati Catalyst. Just bind a button with for example ALT+1 and select the settings you want to use.
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Here's an example
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That still doesn't tell me how to specifically toggle between single and dual monitor displays.  Since I don't own that machine, I need to know specifically what to do before reconnecting.
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Ok have than have to make a screenshot tomorrow i have a nVidia Graphics Card at home. Have to do it elsewhere.
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You are fantastic!  I'd really appreciate that.  

The screenshot is always a big help.  I'deally, I'd like to be able to walk him through it on the phone.  So I can look at the screenshot so that I have an idea what he is doing.  I also need to know what choices to make so I can tell him....

ie.
do you see x?
yes
ok, click on y
click z
click finish
press hotkey s
did it switch?
yes
press hotkey s
did it switch back?
yes

excellent!
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by:Tony van Schaik
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Ok i have the screenshot by remote control :).
You can choose a couple of options:
  • Enable Clone mode (Show the same stuff on 2 displays)
  • Enable Extended mode (Stretches the view on you 2 displays)
  • Disable all non-Primary displays (Disables the secondary display)
  • Switch Displays (Toggle between 2 displays)
So if you want to enable a Hotkey just select it and click on Edit and choose keys you want to enable it.
Note you have to be in Advanced View of ATI Catalyst Control Center not the Basic Wizard setup.
Good luck

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What would I do to switch/toggle quickly between
1. 'extend' mode
and
2. 'single' monitor mode
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by:Tony van Schaik
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For example: ALT+1 - Enable Extend just give it a try.
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The problem is that I don't waste time fumbling around in front of him.  So the steps are:
right click on the desktop
go to properties
click ?
click ?
click ?
steps to enable to quick toggle?


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That's a little bit difficulty for me. Because it also depends on which drivers/catalyst version and graphics card your using. The example i have are the 9.3 drivers version 64-bit. So it's a bit of trial and error.
Why don't you install LogMeIn Free on his system and do it by remote, that's how i help friends/family out. https://secure.logmein.com/products/free/. So you can do it yourself.
 
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if you could just list the steps that you follow at that level of detail, it would help.
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I have made some screenshot, but i don't if it works like you want it. Because i can't try it because i don't have a dual setup on an ATI graphics card. I have a dual setup on a nVidia graphics card, so i can recreate your situation.
You could try these 2 options see attachments.
Good luck

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Did it work?
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I haven't tried it.  It looks like I may not get the opportunity for a couple of weeks :(
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dad's dual monitor settings
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