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Primary display issue

I have been trying to setup my nVidia GeForce 5200 to use the DVI port as the primary display port.  I have updated all BIOS and drivers.  The new driver recognized the port and gave me dual monitor display options.  I set selected the configuration to use my DVI port at the primary display device.  This immediate closed down my VGA port (now secondary), but did not bring up the DVI display.  I have rebooted, reinstalled the video card, etc and still don't have video to my LCD monitor.  I have tried all port combinations.


The current state is that I cannot get a display to work. Is there a hot key to show the secondary display so I can try to switch back.  Is there any work around that will allow me to see a display?

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Try going to Windows Safe Mode. You do this by pressing the F8 key repeatedly exactly after you hear your computer beep when it is rebooting. This should bring you to a screen that will have 3 Safe Modes listed, choose just plain Safe Mode by using your arrow keys to highlight Safe Mode and press enter. Once in Safe Mode, a box will come up asking you if you intended to enter Safe Mode, click Yes. You should now see your desktop, however it will look larger, and with less colors. This is normal.

If this mode did not allow you to get into windows, then reboot, press F8 like before and select Enable VGA Mode instead.

Now that you hopefully have a desktop, try this link which will take you to a video that will walk you through the process of setting up your DualView monitors. Also, note that there are some check boxes that allow you to select which monitor you want to be the primary.

I realize this video is specific Windows 2000, but the process is the same for Windows XP.

Hope this helps and Good luck!

Posted on Dec 23, 2007

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