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Brain Teaser !!! ]:)

By ThumbsUp2 ·
I?m tired of reading all of the password/hacking requests (and bored), so I thought I?d throw a little brain teaser at you, just to see if anyone is awake. I?ll try to keep it simple, but THIS IS A QUIZ!!!!!!

System:
Windows XP Pro ? SP2 fully patched
Dual monitor set up, left and right

Work Environment:
In this particular dual monitor setup, the left monitor is #1 and the right is #2. You have #2 application moved over and displayed on the right monitor (maximized) and #1 application being displayed on the left (maximized). Everything works fine and you use it on a daily basis this way. Every time you start these applications, they display exactly where you left them (i.e.: #1 app displays on #1 monitor and #2 app displays on #2 monitor).

Scenario:
The BOSS notifies you on Monday morning after you?ve started working for the day that he?s sending you and your computer to HQ to work from there for a few days. They want the computer to go too because they want to install some specialty software on it while you?re there. You?re told to leave the monitors where they are. After all, HQ has an extra monitor to use when you get there. So, you shut down, unplug everything and take just the PC with you, load up and get on the road.

Problem:
When you arrive at HQ and get everything plugged in using just ONE monitor, you boot up and begin to go to work. However, you discover now that you can?t SEE the application that used to open up on the 2nd monitor (right) because you forgot to move it back to the left monitor before you shut down and hit the road. The application starts because you can see it in your taskbar and task manager. You just can?t see the application window. It?s being displayed on a non-existent monitor (i.e.: the computer thinks the monitor SHOULD still be there).

Teaser:
We know we can fix the problem by shutting down, plugging in a 2nd monitor temporarily while at HQ, move the application window to the left screen, shut down again and unplug the 2nd monitor. There is another way to resolve the situation without having to do all of this shutting down and borrowing another monitor.

What is the quick and easy solution?

]:) ]:) ]:) ]:)

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No, but GO PATS!

by Churdoo In reply to Doesn't work.... EDIT oo ...

Can't think of another way

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it's dual monitor

by CG IT In reply to Doesn't work.... EDIT oo ...

you temporarily change from using 2 monitors to 1 in the graphics card utility. you can also just boot up in safe mode which will not load up video drivers.

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Very close....

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to it's dual monitor

Can you be more specific about the "temporarily change from using 2 monitors to 1 in the graphics card utility"?

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if you tell me what graphics card.

by CG IT In reply to Very close....

not all utilities are created the same. lol

but I've done this with dual monitor and quad monitor systems where your trying to fix something and you only have 1 monitor.

Profiles often work well... one for dual monitor and one for single monitor. much like hardware profiles for laptops.

NVidia control panel has a a nifty little dual monitor setup program. It will show all displays available and allow you to choose a primary and secondary. and also to just use 1 monitor.

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This is true...

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to if you tell me what graph ...

Tis true... not all card utilities are created equal. I suppose I should have supplied one further detail to make it easier.

Let's say the particular card being used in this scenario is a PNY GeForce FX5200 (Nvidia), PCI w/256MB DDR. Nice little cards for work environments.

But, the quick and easy solution to the problem is actually built into Windows. The card doesn't matter.

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Ok

by The Scummy One In reply to This is true...

r. click on the desktop, select properties, go to settings, and uncheck the extended desktop.

no thumb needed here. Churdoo has the best answer...

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Hehehe...

by scott_heath In reply to Doesn't work.... EDIT oo ...

The funny thing is, this happens to people with ONLY ONE MONITOR!! I can't tell you how many times over the years someone has mananged to move and application to the "netherworld" outside the viewable area. Then they freak out and think their app is screwed up. I've even seen other techs who thought the app wasn't open when it just needed to be moved back into the viewable area.

Good question though! I love a thought provoker!

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What about this

by Jacky Howe In reply to Brain Teaser !!! ;) ]:)

Right mouse click on desktop select properties, settings, left click on 2 and untick Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor.

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BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to What about this

You got it on the first try! Congratulations!

So often we look for the "mechanical" solution with profiles or disabling the hardware functions or anything else we can think of.... that we actually overlook the obvious. That little sucker (check box) is hidden in plain sight, right under our nose and we forget that it's even there.

If you disable the desktop on "other" monitors, it is restored to the single monitor and your applications will appear only there. Once you restore the 2nd monitor and extend your desktop to it... Windows remembers where you put the application window.

<edited to add last paragraph>

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Thank you

by Jacky Howe In reply to BINGO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The way I have my monitors setup I only have to turn off the second one and it auto adjusts for me. I should have had this setup years ago.

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