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Dual monitors Windows xp - resolution issues

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Asta CuFlag for United States of America asked on
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Helping someone with the old XP OS that has a netbook and an external monitor trying to use both to do work.  The Netbook is set to its standard high-resolution setting, and once we setup the other monitor as monitor 2, and set it to be the primary the only thing it shows is the background image, none of the icons nor the bottom taskbar display.  Nvidia control panel as well as the display panel in control panel of xp have been attempted to allow him to use both monitors. The mouse cursor works on both screens eventually, but he has to move the cursor around all over the place beyond the netbook screen before it shows up on the
sylvania 2nd monitor.  I've tried all the settings, and the external display only shows the desktop icons if I change the resolution to 640 x 480.  
And even then it bites.  the external display is old, and I've checked for updated drivers, and none found. When viewing the desktop and comparing it to the netbook at all resolutions, the background image on the external sylvania display does not replicate the netbook image at all, most of the image is off screen, along with all the desktop icons from
windows xp.  Not until I change the resolution to 640x480 can I view all icons.  

Spent about an hour on this and not making much headway.  It's been a long time since I fiddled with XP, so looking for guidance with gratitude.

":0) Asta

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