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Assuming that you've just added a second monitor.

You need to go into the Display Settings, or Display Properties dialogue box.

In there go to the Settings tab.

You'll see two squares marked 1 and 2. select the second one, then lower down on the dialogue box you'll see a checkbox to enable "Extend my Desktop to this Monitor"

Check it and you're good.
With your mouse you can select each monitor, and drag them around to adjust how your two desktop displays will seem together, higher lower, left or right side. Experiment till you're comfortable.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 11, 2009

  • Richard Schabler Dec 12, 2009

    When you firs turn on the computer, the BIOS screen should show on all monitors. If you see this screen, black and white text, memory count check, diagnostic display before the Windows starts. Your computer display is good and working.
    If not, your monitor, or video card may be dammaged or not working.

    Be shure the power lite is on on the front of the monitor to show it is getting power. Be shure the power lite changes from orange to green when the computer is turned on.

    On the Video Output, be shure the terminal is hooked up properly.

    If the BIOS displays, but Windows dosn't have a display, reset the machine to restart it, and when the BIOS screen finishes and Windows starts, press the F8 Key.

    A dos screen will come up and you will have the option to start in "Safe Mode", this is Windows working with basic settings using generic all purpose drivers.

    Your display will work (although it will be course), and you can change your display type and settings.

    In particular, you want to choose which video output you want to use as your "Primary Display";

    and you want to disable a secondary display extention, since you only have one monitor now.

    With these settings changed, restart the computer and allow Windows to start in Normal Mode. Your new display settings should work.

    Beyond this, you will have to manipulate the drivers and video software in the Hardware section of the Windows OS.

    Good Luck.



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