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Win8 problem with two monitors

  1. #41


    Posts : 31
    Win8 Home


    Yes, I follow what you are saying and it does make some sense.

    Though it is inelegant, confusing, frustrating, non-TV-tolerant, and downright ugly. I find it offensive that such inelegant monitor-flipping software was released to the public resulting in hours and days of wasted time just for this one instance.

    The following is a true story. This disappearing desktop situation almost caused one computer manufacturer to honor their warranty by replacing the video-card and replacing the motherboard in order to correct this odd behavior that is considered normal behavior for Win8. The scheduled manufacturer hardware swap was cancelled by the end-user who realized that it was a Win8 anomaly and not a hardware problem.

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  2. #42


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Some of it is software and some of it is due to hardware. My Video card has three outputs. One HDMI and two DVI. When I boot up the BIOS POST screen shows up on the display connected to the DVI-I connector. Likely because its the only one that you can connect a VGA monitor to with the DVI to VGA adapter. Its my right most monitor. Its hardwired in the Video card and I can't change it. Once the OS starts to load the Windows Boot Screen, Lock Screen and Logon Screen show up on the monitor set in Windows as the Main Screen, the one connected to the HDMI port. I can change that but don't want to. There are just to many scenarios of hardware combinations for Microsoft or any software company to account for them all. Some things they can't change, like what output is set as default on a video card. Your screen switching from one monitor to the other may be due to the Video Cards design and not a bug in the Windows setup. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of things that could be improved in Windows but I don't think this is high on the list, if even possible.
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  3. #43


    Posts : 31
    Win8 Home


    Okay, I'm getting used to this. I was trying to perform image backup and image recovery. I thought it wasn't working. It just stalled after Restart. Not if I turn on the TV. There it is!

    I just use the wife-verbal-mouse-cues workaround (she's getting tired of this) to select which image to recover etc. Next time I think I will unplug the HDMI cable to get the desktop back to my computer monitor. Then when I reach the finish recovery message that the computer will restart in 30 seconds, I will plug the HDMI cable back in.
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  4. #44


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Yes, unplugging the HDMI cable when doing stuff like that would likely help. It is an inconvenience as you say though. Some of your issues are because of what the video card is doing. If you set the PC monitor as the "Main" screen your taskbar should show up on it. Launched programs and Apps should also open on it. But keep in mind that desktop programs like Media Player will remember what monitor they were last used on. So, if you were running something on the TV and closed it on the TV, the next time you open it again it will launch (or try to launch) on the TV. Pressing the Windows Logo Key and the P key, and then selecting "PC only" should bring everything that's running, back to the monitor set as main. It does on my setup, everything drops into my center monitor. I switch to PC Only when I'm gaming and go back to Extend for day to day stuff. If you set your actual PC monitor to Main you shouldn't get any missing out of site windows when you switch to PC Only. On my media PC that is connected to our living room TV I use a Wireless Logitech K400 keyboard. It has a track pad where the number pad would be on the right. If you had something like that and used duplicate instead of extend you might find things a lot easier to do. I just sit back in my recliner with the keyboard in my lap and have at it. If the TV remote is handy I can shut down the PC and switch back to normal TV without having to get up. As you can see from my long reply there is no easy answer.
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  5. #45


    Posts : 31
    Win8 Home


    This Win8 problem is unworkable for me! This is (by far) my worst experience ever with a new computer (usually I am delighted). I dont want to settle for unplugging and replugging cables in order update my computer.

    Oh, out of curiosity I unplugged the harddrive and plugged in a temporary/replacement harddrive. Then I loaded Windows 7 on the new temporary harddrive. Guess what? Windows 7 works! It always continues displaying on the computer display. It never switches to the TV display. It never separates the display (like Windows 8) with Metro Apps on the computer display and Desktop Apps on the TV.

    I was liking Windows 8 until this. This new computer is going to be returned.

    Thanks alphanumeric. Though we differ on our description of this anomaly, I respect your opinion and appreciate your help.
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  6. #46


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    No problem, I don't have a problem with somebody using what works for them. I didn't like 8.0 when it first came on the scene. I rolled my desktop PC's back to 7 several times after trying each new release of 8.0. There is nothing wrong with Windows 7 and I don't see the point of belittling somebody for wanting to use it just because I happen to like 8.1. Unfortunately there are some that don't see it that way. The changes made in 8.1 turned the corner for me and made it usable on my desktop PC. It works for me but that doesn't mean it works for everybody. I am sorry you couldn't get it working the way you wanted so hopefully 7 works out the way you want. I use the same username on the sister sites, 7 forums and 9 forums by the way. If you need help sign up on Windows 7 Help Forums if you haven't already, and I'd be glad to try and help sort it out any issues you have.
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