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Multi Monitor Problem with Vista

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October 28, 2007 12:54:46 AM

I upgraded XP Home to Vista Business on my HP Pavillion dv1000. This notebook uses Intel's chipset and Extreme Graphics 2 (82852/82855 GM/GME Graphics Controller).

Vista included all the necessary drivers for the dv1000, and everything works, except that the Extreme Graphics 2 does not appear to be as fully functional as in WinXP.

For instance, in Vista when I connect a miniDV camcorder via the 1394 port to record video with Windows Media Maker, it fails with a notice that my graphics card does not have hardware acceleration, which is required for Movie Maker. In WinXP, Windows Movie Maker worker great with my miniDV camcorder, with no issues at all.

Next, the multi-monitor functionality of the graphics is limited under Vista. Under WinXP I could connect an external monitor to the VGA on the notebook, right-click the Desktop, select "Monitor" from the graphics options, and everything will appear on the monitor instead of on the notebook display. Under Vista, it does not appear that I can do this.

I can "extend" my desktop to an external monitor. However, I can not switch between the notebook display and external monitor (primary to secondary).

I seem to be using the graphics drivers that were included in Vista.

Does anyone have any solutions to this issue of sending the video to an external monitor.
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October 28, 2007 8:50:52 AM

The standard Vista drivers are generic and don't have the hardware acceleration support that movie maker needs. Same story for the external monitor. You'll need to obtain proper divers for your video chipset. Try HP first.
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April 28, 2009 10:14:45 PM

Vista has to have the same cards to work correctly. Here is a little help
for those who want to setup multiple monitors on their computer system.

The Three main ways to Setup Multiple Monitors

1) You can buy a pre-manufactured multiple monitor computer. The best place to purchase a multiple monitor computer is at:
Multi-Monitors.com. They carry a multi-monitor computer line called SUPER-PC that can support from 2 to 12 monitors.

Multi-Screen Computer Systems

Multiple Monitor LCD Displays

2) You can get a USB to VGA Adapter, or USB to DVI Adapter that will allow you to add an extra monitor to your computer
via any USB2.0 Port. You can also add multiple extra monitors by using multiple adapters. This is a great option for viewing
documents, surfing the web, using Microsoft Office and many other business tasks. This is not a good option for intense
graphical situations such as HDTV, Blu-ray, Gaming and 3D / CAD Workstation applications. For those types of scenarios,
it is highly recommended that you purchase a high-powered multi-monitor workstation or a Matrox Dual or Triple Head2Go.

Multiple Monitor Adapters

3) You can replace or add an extra video card to your existing computer, depending on how many monitors you wish to support.
Although this sounds easy enough, this is a rather complex solution for a beginner, especially when trying to find a compatible
graphics card. For this reason, I am going to write an entirely seperate post on that topic and will link to it here, very soon.

Multi-Monitor Graphics Cards

Once you have your multiple monitor system set up and ready to use, you will need to enable all of your monitors in
your “Display Properties” Control Panel. Here is a great link to a complete and animated walkthrough of how to enable
your multiple monitors in Windows.

How to Setup Multiple Monitors (Instructions)

This is what it will look like when you are done:

Multi-Monitor Video Demo 1
Multi-Monitor Video Demo 2
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