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Window Desktop Resets in Dual Monitor Mode

Posted on 2009-05-11
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This is for a Dell Latitude E6400 Series. (NOTE:You can't create hardware profiles for docked and undocked on the E-Series laptops)

When laptop has been undocked and booted up using only the laptop screen and then docked and booted up using dual monitor setup all of the Windows Desktop icons are reset and repositioned on the screen.

Steps taken to resolve issue:
1.) Deleted and recreated profile
2.) Updated NVDIA driver to most recent version
3.) Updated BIOS to most recent version

Still experiencing issue. Any advice would be appreciated.  
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You can create another hardware profile. Just copy your current and set different options in the copied profile to suite your needs.
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Thanks Marine7275. I've tried this already but the E Series Laptop only uses one profile.
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Are you using the NVidea desktop manager?  Try turning it off (or if not try turning it on).

Under display properties, settings, Advanced, the tab for your NVidia card (mine is "GeForce FX Go5200"), under "Desktop Management", and then the "Enable" or "Disable" button.

I have mine disabled and it correctly switches to my last docked layout when docked, and my last standalone when not docked.
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Thanks JohnBPrice:

Attached is a screen shot of what I see when I click on my Video card. (NVDIA QUADRO) There is no option for me to click desktop management
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If you click the "Start the NVIDIA Control Panel" you should be able to find it.  
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Thanks John. I had previously done that. Attached is a screen shot of what I saw after clicking start the NVIDA ControlPanel. Theres nothing about "desktop management".
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Hmmm, I've attached my pictures.  What happens if you click "Advanced Settings"

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Hi John. Nothing is under advanced settings.
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Nothing at all?

Another approach.  As I recall the desktop manager was called "Nwiz.EXE".  Do Start-->Run MSConfig and see if there is anything like "NWiz" in the startup tab.

I seen references about people turning off Desktop Manager with Quadro cards, so there must be some way to do it.
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Hi John. Sorry it took so long to respond. Removing Nwiz.exe from the start up fixed the problem :-) Thank you so much for your help. I've had this ticket open for months now at my job. Take care
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Glad you fixed it.  I'm sure there is someway to enable or disable the desktop manager in a more normal mannger, just can't find it.
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