No destop no start bar

October 5, 2011 at 03:40:19
Specs: Windows XP
I attempted to set my computer up for two monitors but this just set my original monitor to a blank screen and no signal to the second monitor. Nothing now operates other than the mouse. I cannot get to Ctrl-Alt-Del. Is there a way out of this?

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October 5, 2011 at 05:08:58
please make sure that connections are properly

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October 5, 2011 at 05:18:39
All connections are fine and I have some more information.

It is possible to move the cursor using the mouse and to log onto the last windows account (although this has to be done blind as the login dialogue is not displayed).

It is also possible to create new desktop items - and they appear on the screen. When an attempt is made to run one of these, the cursor changes to an hourglass as if opening the application. But nothing further is displayed.

In addition, it is possible to move the cursor off the left hand side of the screen as if it is moving to a second monitor.

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October 5, 2011 at 07:47:23
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.

The specific model of a brand name system is often shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site and loading a program they have available, if Windows is still working, on the subject computer.

If it's a Dell computer...
Go here for how to find the Service tag "number":

Tell us what it is.

If it's a HP or Compaq computer.....
Go here:
Scroll down a bit.
Look for the similar label on the outside of your computer.
Quote the specific model number - that's at the end of the first line.
Quote the Product number - that's on the third line.

The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.

The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not as specific as the specific model number.

Not all computers support connecting two monitors to them.
There must be a VGA, DVI, or HDMI video port for each moniitor.
In some situations, you may not be able to use a DVI port and a HDMI port at the same time - you can use one or the other, but not both.
What type of ports are you connecting the monitors to ?

Some newer mboards have onboard video that has a DVI-D port, NOT a DVI-I port, that DOES NOT support using a standard DVI to VGA gender adapter with the DVI port to get video on a VGA monitor.

Windows enables only one display by default. You have to change settings in Display Properties to get video on other monitors, but of course you must have normal video on at least one display in order to be able to do that.

Are you connecting the second monitor to a video card installed in a mboard slot that you have just added ?

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