Windows loses screen layout

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QUESTION :

I’m using a HP Compaq 6510b laptop running Windows Vista 64-bit with an additional 24″ screen.

Windows is constantly forgetting the screen layout, even though I didn’t disconnect anything. A simple reboot or waking up from standby is enough so that the screens are rearranged.

Do you have any solution to this?

My inconvenient solution for now is to disable the build-in screen and work just on the external screen. But I’d like to use both.

ANSWER :

I have an HP 8440w atm, which I use with several monitor-setups, depending on where I use it.

I use the built in device profile manager which comes with the ATI-video card. I beleive this is also accomplishable with nVidias device drivers.

There’s always some manual step I have to take to quick-switch resolutions on all monitors, but this is easily accomplished by having user-profiles that remember monitor position / resolution / type. Meaning I have 4 user profiles that are either 3 clicks away, or changeable via shortcuts (ex: ctrl + alt + shift + key):

  • Work: dual screen with docking
  • Work: 20″ + laptop (left side of screen) on stand (not very ergonomic, but there’s not enough docking stations to go around!)
  • Home: laptop (right side of screen) + 24″ screen
  • Everywhere: laptop only

I’d recommend checking out the default drivers suppled for your graphics card.

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