2 screens, 1 graphics card problem!

December 29, 2008 at 14:20:41
Specs: Windows XP, Dual core, 2.8ghz 3GBR
Hi all,

Ive got a saphire radeon X1600 pro graphics card and am using the catalyst control centre drivers.

I have a 19" tft monitor connected to the vga out of the graphics card with no problems at all.

Today i bought a 20" lcd tv made by polaroid that has vga in, composite in and s-video in as well as the obvious rf, scart and hdmi.
ive used the s-video on the graphics card to connect the tv as a clone of monitor 1, the problem im having is that the picture is too big for the screen... the resolution looks perfect but its like the frame is too small for the picture! when i move the mouse cursor to the outer edges of the screen i can move the image around to see the whole screen but if im watching media on it (which was the reason for connecting it!) i cant see the full picture.
Ive played around with the resolution settings but it only makes the icons look clumsy or too small.
Ive got the same exact same polaroid tv connected to another pc in another room but its the primary monitor connected by vga and theres no problems with it.

How can i get it to work with s-video so i dont have to fit a dual graphics card??

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December 29, 2008 at 15:13:14
Haven't used CC in some time. As I recall there is a setting to insert a higher resolution into a lower screen setting. The result is the ability to pan. When you move the cursor to the edge of the visible screen does the view move?

At any rate I don't think it is strictly a resolution issue although it could be. Are you cloning the primary screen?

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December 30, 2008 at 03:13:12
Hi, thanks for getting involved!
yes, when i move the cursor to the edges the view moves, similar to internet browsing on a mobile phone.
and yes im cloning the primary monitor, the primary monitor is vga, the new tv is s-video but there both coming out of the same graphics card. ive tried setting it as an extended monitor but it doesnt change the problem.

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December 30, 2008 at 07:24:41
The answer is in the settings for both displays. Unfortunately that software is not the easiest to use.

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January 12, 2009 at 06:31:48
Perhaps it's a driver issue? Do you have the latest drivers for your system? You can use the scan at http://www.pcdriverupdate.com to check your drivers.

Hope you sort it out. Sounds strange. I'm cloning to a projector no problem but haven't cloned to a tv.

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January 12, 2009 at 08:24:57

The proper place to update ATI drivers would be from ATI.

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