How to retain extended desktop (Multiple monitors) across start-ups?

sfwalt

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I have a T61 Lenovo laptop with Mobile Internet 965 Express Chipset, Vista SP2. I have a second monitor, Envison, installed which I use to extend my desktop--laptop display on right, Envision monitor on left. Everything works just fine, however, whenever I shut down my system (sleep or hibernate or shut-down) and then power up again, the Envison monitor only displays my wallpaper and I need to re-establish it as my "extended desktop". This configuration worked fine under XP (with all the same hardware), but now it reverts back whenever I shut-down. Can this be fixed? Thanks.
 

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Patonb

Vista Guru
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Weird.... Though i've not ran dual monitors on my laptop, just my desktop.

How are you connecting to the ENVISON monitor? vga or hdmi
 

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sfwalt

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I don't actually know the answer about HOW I'm connected--just a multi-pin plug into the side of my laptop. This used to work just fine when I was running XP, so I suspect that it is a problem with Vista. I can live with the work-around (i.e., re-establish the extended desktop every time I restart my system), but it's just perplexing??!! And annoying. Thanks for your interest.
 

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Patonb

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Okay.... thats a vga connection.

Hmmm, you know what... I googled and youre not alone. Most people solved it with a driver update.

According to cnet you have a quadro nvs 140 gpu

If you have the 32bit the drivers here: NVIDIA DRIVERS 260.99 WHQL

64bit is here: NVIDIA DRIVERS 260.99 WHQL

Try the new driver and see how it goes.
 

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System One

  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Motherboard
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...

sfwalt

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Patonb,

Thanks so much for your suggestion. I downloaded the driver as you recommended (32-bit version) but when I tried to execute it, during the "Checking System Compatibility" step I got the message: "Install cannot continue" and "The graphics driver could not find compatible graphics hardware". This is very frustrating, but I think that I will just have to live with re-establishing my extended desk top every time I start up. It's really not that painful, just check "personalize" and "Display Settings" and then drag the monitors to their proper positions. I can almost do it in my sleep at this point. I really appreciate your efforts on my behalf, thank you.

Walt
 

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Patonb

Vista Guru
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Probably due to the large model selection, i got some misinformation...

Heres the drivers page from lenovo with the intel, and nvidia driver.. I'd give the intel one ago. Just click Video link in the list.
Lenovo Support - Drivers and software - ThinkPad T61, T61p

I know youre use to it, but you shouldn't need too.
 

My Computer

System One

  • CPU
    Dual L5639 // i7 950 @ 4.0Ghz
    Motherboard
    Evga SR-2 // Gigabyte x58a-ud3r
    Memory
    12Gig Corsair XMS3 // 6Gig OCZ Gold
    Graphics Card(s)
    gtx 560 ti // gtx 260-216
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dual 22" // Headless
    Hard Drives
    OCZ aGILITY 3, 120Gig + Seagate 500Gig x 2
    PSU
    Silverstone da700 // Corsair 520hx
    Case
    Rosewill BlackHawk Ultra // Antec 900v1
    Cooling
    Twin CM Hyper 212+ // Noctua NH-u12
    Other Info
    Acer 8930 laptop with x9100...
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