Dual Monitor Problem

April 12, 2009 at 11:23:58
Specs: Windows XP, 4 Gig
Recently I installed a second monitor, the primary is a 22" Envision and the secondary is a gateway flat. I am using a ATI X700 Video card. The problem is that every night I turn off the monitors and leave the tower running and when I turn on the monitors in
the morning they have reversed themselves, Primary and secondary are reversed. Nothing has changed or rebooted, it is driving me nuts! I have to go back through the set up procedure every morning! I think the problem is in the Video Card, however I can't find any help at the ATI site even when I updated the driver.

Any idea's?


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#1
April 12, 2009 at 12:38:21
Does the PC go into sleep mode or hibernation? What happens if you don't shut the monitors?

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#2
April 12, 2009 at 13:31:35
I do not have it set up to go to sleep or hibernate, those features never have worked satisfactory for me. If I do a restart or shut it down and restart it later it comes up correctly. That is what is so puzzling!

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#3
April 12, 2009 at 14:56:10
I think I found the answer. Right click on the desktop, left click on properties, go to the settings tab, then advanced & displays. Save your settings as a 'scheme'. Let me know if it works.

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#4
April 12, 2009 at 16:59:32
If that doesn't work then change the monitors around on the card. Port #1 on the card should be #1 display in the software.

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#5
April 12, 2009 at 17:07:42
Thanks! I will give those options a try and report back.............

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#6
April 13, 2009 at 07:27:09
I have some updated info, doing the save did not help, however I discovered that when ever I switch off the monitors it does the reversal. It does not mater what order I do it in. Also if I leave the monitors on and do a restart everything is fine.

I don't see the plug switching as an answer either, because the older monitor is connected to the VGA connector and is running analog and the 22" is connected to the DVI port on the video card. It would defeat my reason for using dual monitors by running the better monitor in the analog mode.

I did find that with the ATI Catalyst Control software I able to correct the problems with 3 simple clicks! So for now, unless I am willing to spend the money on a better Video Card, I think I am stuck with the problem!

Thanks for your comments.......................


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#7
April 13, 2009 at 23:45:44
Its definitely a issue with video card drivers, report this to ATI.

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