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I've got a laptop with a second monitor on my desk. I use both monitors but the desktop is larger so I use it as my primary. It is also to the right of the laptop, so I have to switch the order of the monitors in the display settings page. My issue is that any time the screen saver comes on or the computer goes to sleep, the orientation of the monitors goes back to primary desktop monitor on the left. I then need to switch them back so I can see the windows open on the laptop's display. I've disabled Windows Mobility Manger after have other issues with the second monitor not always being recognized. I've also installed MuiltiMon to see if it would help. It doesn't. I need to use the Microsoft screen saver as I need to have it locked when I'm away from my desk. The laptop has an nVidia GeForce 7950 card in it so ATI's manager won't work for me.
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by:aleghart
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Don't sleep the monitor or the computer.  When the computer is waking, it sees that there's only one monitor, so makes it primary.  Then, your external monitor wakes up and Windows shoves it to a default 2nd position.

Happened to me with XP and Win7, so I'm assuming it's the same with Vista.
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by:Dalamar9
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I get the issue just going into screen saver. It's not going to sleep. Both monitors are active with the screen svaer going across both of them.
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by:jamietoner
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Have you tried the latest driver from Nvidia? My m1710 has the 7950 GTX and I run an external monitor as the primary when docked and I haven't run into this problem.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/geforce_notebook_winvista_win7_64bit_179.48_beta.html
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by:Dalamar9
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Still having the same issues after updating to the latest drivers.

jamietoner, Is your main external monitor on the right or left of your laptop? This seems to be my big problem as I have the laptop on the left and Windows really does not like it there.
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