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Dual monitors Windows xp - resolution issues

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.  
Baffled.

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.

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8/22/2022 - Mon
IanTh

so is the 2nd monitor only capable of 640 * 480

to get the taskbar on multiple monitors there are a few utils that can do that just search google
Brian Pringle

It may not be a Windows issue.  If the display is really old, it may not support the resolution that you are setting.  Try 800x600 to see if that works.  If not, use the geometry settings on the monitor to change the width and height.  If that works, then try a higher resolution.

If you still cannot get it to work, go to your local Goodwill and buy a used monitor.  They usually have them for about $5.
Darr247

What is the brand and model of the external monitor?
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The monitor is about 13 years old, but was able to work well at higher resolutions.  
The problems we're seeing is when we attempt to make it primary running through XP from the netbook.  When clicking the various options on the monitor itself, it'll move the monitor's geometrics or options screen around but nothing actually changes to the point where we can see the equivalent screen as we see on the netbook screen.  

Although another monitor is likely down the road, we try hard not to add to the environmental chaos in discarding anything that we can get to work.  I'll be at their place tomorrow and hopefully can find some alternative fixes.

Thanks for your input, will return later if more ideas pop up.
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Robert Retzer

You said the external monitor is set as the primary and the netbook is the secondary monitor right? You also said that the task bar displays on the netbook or secondary monitor. Well there is a way to change that. Right click on the taskbar, and remove the check mark on: "Lock the taskbar". Now you should be able to drag the task bar to the primary monitor. Once it is there you can right click on the taskbar and place a check mark on "lock the taskbar". You can drag all your icons on the primary monitor as well. Now the external monitor will have all your icons and the taskbar. That solves one of your issues, as far as the resolution is concerned on each monitor, you need to select a resolution that will  give a readable and pleasant picture at the same time. You have to play around with the settings that are available.
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Thank you so much for your help.  I will be there later today and return with more specs.
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WOW, decades on Windows and PCs and my total inexperience with multiple displays has been a brand new learning experience and I very much appreciate your insights and guidance here.

The external monitor is Sylvania L-151 model PD 70FA.  First produced April 2002.  

I've managed to modify its setting to 1024x768 and looks great at 32 bit.  All desktop icons are on the external monitor and functional, using the most current NVIDIA control to modify settings.  I've  checked all drivers for updates, all as good as it gets.  The laptop, though no longer shows ANY.  I first had both displays set next to each other on the settings rather than what they were which is the external drive behind the netbook.  The roadblock now is how to create duplicate views and access on both displays to access whatever he needs to work.  I still don't get the multiple display environment and rules.  As it now stands, I can address and populate the external Sylvania monitor in 1024x768 mode which works great, but the laptop now only has the black desktop with the background image.  I'm clearly  missing the boat on this one.  I've modified the physical location of both monitors correctly... baffled.  Until this morning, though, until a number of reboots, no icons migrated to the external display but now Ok.  Changing the resolution settings, which clearly the old 2002 Sylvania display supports of 1028x768 works for him.  But the laptop remains a mystery.  Is there no way to get them to be equal in terms of  accessing icons to do work in either display mode?  The laptop only shows the background image.  I
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Thank you Darr247 for that insight.  Had to rush off and will return to his place tomorrow to continue and will try your recommendations.  I was fairly sure that I had chosen the clone option, but will need to verify tomorrow.  

Once successfully reconfigured, will he be able to take cursor actions on either desktop to execute commands (to work)?

Very appreciative,
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Yes, but the same application windows will appear on both displays, too.
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BRILLIANT.... unchecking extend desktop and cloning made it all perfect.


Thanks bunches.

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