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Dual-monitor setup using video card and motherboard?

sixty4bit 2,742 770 January 4, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Hi all,

I'm waiting to get another cable so I can plug both my monitors into my video card that has no VGA port. At the moment I'm running Monitor 1 to the video card with a DVI Cable and Monitor 2 to the VGA port on the mobo.

Windows seems to be recognizing both monitors, i.e. the mobo isn't shutting off the video card because I have something plugged into the mobo vga port. My desktop appears on Monitor 2, etc. and I can see both monitors and choose "Extend These Displays" in my display settings.

However, even though I see the desktop (i.e. wallpaper) on Monitor 2, I can't move my mouse over to that monitor or move windows onto that screen. My mouse just stops at the edge of Monitor 1. Anyone know why this would be the case? Is it just not possible to do this correctly when using both the video card and mobo?

My video card is Radeon HD 6850 and mobo is a Gigabyte Z68 something or other.


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NM I figured out the problem...

I had Monitor 2 to the left of Monitor 1 on my desk and was trying to move windows off the left side of Window 1 but needed to move them to the right side.

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Quote from irish713 View Post :
Hi all,

I'm waiting to get another cable so I can plug both my monitors into my video card that has no VGA port. At the moment I'm running Monitor 1 to the video card with a DVI Cable and Monitor 2 to the VGA port on the mobo.

Windows seems to be recognizing both monitors, i.e. the mobo isn't shutting off the video card because I have something plugged into the mobo vga port. My desktop appears on Monitor 2, etc. and I can see both monitors and choose "Extend These Displays" in my display settings.

However, even though I see the desktop (i.e. wallpaper) on Monitor 2, I can't move my mouse over to that monitor or move windows onto that screen. My mouse just stops at the edge of Monitor 1. Anyone know why this would be the case? Is it just not possible to do this correctly when using both the video card and mobo?

My video card is Radeon HD 6850 and mobo is a Gigabyte Z68 something or other.


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NM I figured out the problem...

I had Monitor 2 to the left of Monitor 1 on my desk and was trying to move windows off the left side of Window 1 but needed to move them to the right side.
Sounds like you got this figured out but you can switch this in windows. No need to do any physical switching. I would run the digital monitor as your primary and the analog monitor as your secondary.

You are pretty lucky to have the ability to run the onboard graphics and a gpu at the same time. Most motherboards can't do this.
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You are pretty lucky to have the ability to run the onboard graphics and a gpu at the same time. Most motherboards can't do this.
Yeah, you can run into a lot of trouble with this due to compatibility; most have the ability "technically" but in practice it doesn't work...you run into less problems either running a card with dual outputs or running two identical cards.
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Quote from irish713 View Post :
NM I figured out the problem...

I had Monitor 2 to the left of Monitor 1 on my desk and was trying to move windows off the left side of Window 1 but needed to move them to the right side.
I love when I sit down at a 2 monitor workstation and it's setup in this manner. I mean REALLY, you can't take 2 minutes to set it up correctly. End user.

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Quote from beefcake78 View Post :
I love when I sit down at a 2 monitor workstation and it's setup in this manner. I mean REALLY, you can't take 2 minutes to set it up correctly. End user.

LMAO
Well why can't they make it so the monitor can extend from either side?! LMAO
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just right click the desktop hit screen res, then grab the monitor and drag it to whatever side. You don't need to physically move the monitors, but rearrange them in the screen res window. if they aren't the same resolution you can move them up and down to make it so that they line up how you want. ait work I run a 24 with 2 19s on either side and another 19 off to the side.

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