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Problems With Dual-Monitors in a Multi-Boot System

Question: Problems With Dual-Monitors in a Multi-Boot System

Hi There everyone!

This is a new build. Please check the spec's for this machine.

My default OS is Win 7 Ultimate 64 Bit. When I am using this OS all Is good with my monitors. My left screen is my primary screen and has the start button and all my short-cut icons on it which is the way I would like it to be in all three Os'. I can open many panes and move them back and forth to any screen I want.

When I restart the system to enter into Win Vista Home premium My Right screen is the primary screen and I cannot move any panes into the left screen and i cannot move the cursor into the left screen.

When I open the device manager in this OS there are no problems showing in either the display adapters or the monitor criteria.

I have tried correcting the problem in both the windows control panel in displays and also in the Nvidia control panel and I can't seem to solve this problem.
What do i need to do to get my left monitor to be my primary screen and to move window panes from left to right and vice versa.

Not sure but I think this is a driver issue.

Thank you for your help.
ranger72

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Answer: Problems With Dual-Monitors in a Multi-Boot System

Hi ranger, welcome to VF, it is a bit of a problem, I assume you've updated your drivers from Nvidia's site? I've not come across a problem like this for a while, but it does sound like Nvidia's drivers at fault, have you tried switching the dvi ports around, might fix it, and have you also tried reverting back to WDDM drivers and see if it is Nvidia's fault? I often find also that when you try and adjust a setting on nvidia control panel, you need to set the resolution to low to get results, however that may just be me :-)

MrNeeds

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Firstly, let me explain my setup.
I have just installed a new 2TB hard drive, the plan being to test drive windows 10 on one partition of a triple boot with windows 7 & 8. There is a 4th partition named Data. Windows 7 & 8 are installed and both work (when I can get them to boot!). Windows 10 in an empty partition at present.
There are 2 other 1TB drives for data in the system.
Problem is, the 2 1TB data drives Disc 1 & 2, both have bootmgr on them but they should not have. It depends on how I cable the 3 drives as to what choices of operating system I get presented with.

I'm writing this on a clean install of Windows 8.0, but as can be seen from the screenshot of EasyBCD, it shows Windows 8.1 as entry number one. This was on my old hard drive, now removed from the computer.

How can I get just the main drive to be the one to boot (with a choice of operating system) regardless of which cable is plugged into which disk?

Answer:Boot problems from multi drive system

I suppose some info might be in order. When you install an MBR configured system, the install will put the boot files on the drive listed as primary in the Bios. This is probably what happened when Disk 2 was made the System partition and it boots into Windows 8 on Disk 0.

Any active partition has the potential to be a System (boot Files) partition and able to boot your system if configured to do so.

The system will boot to the first active partition it comes to following the drive priority in the Bios. When you change the connections, you are effectively changing that order, but it is better to change it in the Bios.

You might want to set the current Disk 0 as first priority in the Bios and see where the System partition is. If it doesn't boot, set it back to its present configuration.

Have you made any changes using EasyBCD, and if so do you remember what they were?

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I have more than one OS on my computer (Windows 2000 pro and Ubuntu Linux) and I am having a problem with a new Wireles keyboard/mouse combo. The wireless receiver only has 1 interface (USB). The keyboard and mouse work fine inthe BIOS area and once the computer has loaded an OS, but before the OS starts to load I get the "Choice" menu where I get to choose which OS to load (bootloader menu). Here the Keyboard does not work at all and I can not choose which OS to load, it simply loads the default OS after the timer expires. This happens to me in ALL computers which have multiple OSs installed when using wireless keyboards with USB. If the wireless receiver has a PS/2 interface for the keyboard there is no problem. What am I doing wrong?

 

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Laptop: Lenovo Ideapad y510 After looking around on the forums I saw alot of people saying it could be done but could not find any step-by-step directions on how to do it. So after searching the internet I finaly found a good step-by-step that showed how to do the hard part but needed some changes for this laptop. 1) First the easy part but a very important part. It is very important to download vistabootpro and the Lan Driver for XP before you start the whole process. Don't install yet though just download them. This is necessary because the ethernet card is incompatiable with XP and you will not be able to access the internet after installing XP. (Also if you want it might save sometime if you download all the XP drivers right now) 2) Installing XP. For this step follow this link.  (Also note you need to go to the bios menu and set your sata to compatibility mode) 3) After following the link I still kept getting the error ntldr missing. Then I logged onto vista and reinstalled vistabootpro in the vista drive also. Go to the "System Bootloader" tab on top, then I clicked the radiobuttons for "Windows legacy bootloader (uninstall vista bootloader)" and "All Drives" and clicked apply. Then I went to the "Manage OS Entries" tab on top and clicked windows xp and checked off "set as default". I restarted computer and then it automatically logged into XP. Now go into vistabootpro while logged into XP, go to the "System Bootloader" tab on top, then I clicke... Read more

Answer:Dual Boot / Multi Boot .(y510) XP and Vista how I finally got it to work.

Great write up

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Hi
Im trying to set up a dual boot system, i have windows vista ultimate installed and im trying to add XP professional.
I set up a new partition on my C drive, formatted it to NTFS then booted from the xp disc and continued to install xp to this new partition.
Partway through installation the message comes up windows needs to reboot then set up will continue, when it reboots i just get a black screen with the message "error loading operating system"
I have tried deleting the partition through xp setup and installing again but get the same message!
Any help would be gratefully recieved.

Thanks.

Answer:Problems setting up a dual boot system.

Hi is the hdd ide or sata if sata you would need to slipstream the xp and sata driver on to a disc.This is about dual booting vista and xp http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_v...step_guide.htm and this is for slipstreaming http://www.digitgeek.com/how-to-slip...rs-into-xp-cd/

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I posted the following query earlier today:"I attempted to set up Windows XP as a second operatng system on my PC but abandoned this before completing the setup procedure. Now every time i boot the PC I get a dual choice of sysytem: "Normal Windows" and "Windows XP Setup". The system default is now "W XP Setup" Does anyone know how I can eliminate the unwanted "W XP Setup" so that the PC defaults to its normal operating system?" Powerless suggested deleting the line which gave the W XP option in "boot.ini".I tried this but the system still presents two boot options: "windows (default)" and "windows 98". Can anyone suggest what the correct script for the "boot.ini" file should be? Or another alternative?

Answer:Dual Operating System Boot - Continuing Problems

in XP you could try start\run MSCONFIGthen under boot.ini click on 'check boot paths', it may offer to delete the XP set up.

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Curious to know if AV/Malware scanning for both primary partitions can be fully performed when the scanning software is installed onto just one or is it 100% thorough only for the active partition? Would like to keep one bootable active partition as lean as possible...if possible.

Answer:Security scanning - Multi-OS / Dual-boot?

If you want to AV scan from one OS it will scan as much as you tell it to. So if you have it installed on one OS, and tell it to scan all the drives, it will.

Be careful with dual boots though, i think some Linux distros can flag as Viruses.

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Having just upgraded from XP using the Nvidia dual monitor desktops for years, I was surprised to find Windows 7 has this feature in-built with the added bonus of slideshow desktop images C00L!
So beyond Win7 eye candy which is better, Does it come down to games running faster under the Nvidia dual desktops, what is the general preference here?

Answer:Is Nvidia dual monitors a poor cousin to Windows 7 dual monitors?..

afaik, there is no real performance difference, as all stuff is handled by the nvidia driver anyway.

And of course the more monitors the higher performance hit as there is more screen surface to work on (the same as increasing resolution).

Btw, the main pityfall of the multiple monitors is that the taskbar is only in the primary monitor, but there are a ton of good third party programs that can handle this, like Actual Multiple Monitors.

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Will the Intel HD Integrated Graphics (version DX10.1) support dual monitors? If not ; is there a driver update available from HP or do I need to install a graphics card?

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I have a new laptop compaq computer with vista and I am trying to use it with a multimedia projector with powerpoint. But I am having trouble setting it up right. For some reason when I start the powerpoint show it displays on the laptop and the part that I use to set up the powerpoint shows up on the projector. This is backward to what I want. I want the presentation to show up on the projector. I have gone crazy trying to fix this. How am I suppose to set the dual monitors up on the vista so that what I want shows up on the projector?
 

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I am trying to set up dual monitors on a Dell opteplex 755. and I have a multi monitor card Dell / ATI Radeon X300 128MB PCI-e Graphics Card - 102A2590401installed. When I go to "Display" "Settiings" there is no "Identify Hardware" tab. all is shows is a single monitor, with no options. Both monitors a working fine, but only in unision.
 

Answer:Dual monitors problems

You should be able to run software from Dell/ATI to set up both monitors; it should have come with your system. If not, go to www.dell.support.com and download it for your particular card. Once that is done and run, make sure and go to Display in Control Panel and ensure that they are placed the way you have them, 1 & 2 or 2 & 1.
 

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So I decided to try dual monitors, but I'm having a few problems:

1. How do I add my icons to the first monitor while still keeping them on the second? I tried copy/paste, but it doesn't support icons with the same name.

2. I downloaded Ultramon, and it let me add another taskbar, but not the start menu, the icons next to it, and the clock and the icons next to it.

3. How do I make it so games won't minimize when I use the other monitor?

Oh yea, Ultramon only has a 30 day trial period. Is there anyway to do this without it, or are there any other programs?
 

Answer:I'm having problems with dual monitors

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So I was using a single 1050p monitor without any problem but then I bought and plugged another 1440p monitor and I noticed that the mouse sometimes getting stuck so I need to ctrl alt and del to log out and in again also the mouse cursor will scroll the page down by itself also the secondary 1050p monitor will flash black for a sec why ? The 1050p monitor plugged with a dvi cable and the 1440p with a display port . I have Windows 10 sapphire r9 390 i7 6700k

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So I was using a single 1050p monitor without any problem but then I bought and plugged another 1440p monitor and I noticed that the mouse sometimes getting stuck so I need to ctrl alt and del to log out and in again also the mouse cursor will scroll the page down by itself also the secondary 1050p monitor will flash black for a sec why ? The 1050p monitor plugged with a dvi cable and the 1440p with a display port . I have Windows 10 sapphire r9 390 i7 6700k

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I have 1 monitor connected to my graph card and 1 in my motherboard, but the monitor connected to my motherboard does not display and my PC does not find it and i tried to detect it with Catalyst Control Center and that didn't work either.

Like maybe there is a program that lets me use on-board graphics and graphics card at the same time.

Would be awesome to get some help.

If its needed here is my PC Specs etc:
Graph Card: I got 2x XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55, Socket-1155
Power supply: Chieftec Nitro Series BPS-950C 950W PSU
PC Monitors: BenQ 24" LCD G2420HD
CPU: Intel? Core i7-2600K Processor
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
RAM: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 16GB
CPU Cooling: Antec Kuhler H2O 920 CPU Cooler
Hard Drives: 2x Corsair SSD Force Series 3, 120GB 2.5" and 1 Seagate Barracuda? Green 2TB, 3,5"
PC Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Big Tower

Would be lovely to get some help,

Answer:Problems with Dual Monitors

When i was running dual monitors the graphics card had 2 ports. The problem with this is that you can only use either the graphics card, or the onboard graphics card. You can't use both at once. Atleast this is what I learned. There could be a way, but never found one.

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I have AIM and when I open a window or recieve an IM it shows up in my primary monitor I drag it to my secondary monitor thou but I was wonderin if there was away to recive IM;s from my second monitor.
 

Answer:Dual Monitors Problems

A window should reopen in the same spot you closed it. By default any program will open a new window (one it's never opened before) on the primary monitor (hence why it's the primary monitor). If it's not opening on the secondary monitor upon reopening (after having closed it on the secondary monitor) it's because AIM themselves have done something stupid to prevent such functionality.

If you want some help with dual display issues or an app that can help with things like this you should check out ultramon you can find it at www.realtimesoft.com. It's the best dual display app I've ever found and I use it myself all the time.
 

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Hi guys,

First of all, I didn't really know where to put this, so my apologies if I did anything wrong.

I recently found a second monitor just lying around and decided to hook it up to my laptop. It worked fine for about a week but now, after maybe 30 minutes of use the problem occurs;

First of all, both my screens go completely black and the windows error sound plays. After a few seconds my main monitor comes on again and the seconds displays 'No Signal'.
Around 10-20 seconds later, the seconds monitor comes on again, but all the windows have been moved onto my main monitor.
I really don't know what else to say, I'm unsure what the problem is.

Anyway, thanks for any help.

-MrYodaylay

Answer:Problems With Using Dual Monitors.

Check your power settings, some laptops on battery power will disable a second monitor automatically. Also, did you try clicking type mobility center in the search programs and files, and choosing the monitor mode you want under display? You can also press the Windows Key + P to open Display Switch.

You can also check your settings against this tutorial here, and see related tutorials there as well:

Display - Change Main Display

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Hi all

I have an older (aka ancient...8 yr old) system with a Gigabyte EP43-DS3 mobo. I have a dual monitor set up for video editing - my main is a 23" Samsung connected via DVI cable to DVI port, the second a 20" Acer connected via blue VGA Dsub cable to VGA Dsub port.

This is the same setup I have had for a number of years without any problems.

I recently upgraded my video card to a nVidia GT 740 which has 2 DVI ports, a D-sub VGA port and an HDMI port. I had been having some problems with the older card (GT 520) - driver crashes, colour shifts etc.

After installing the new card then the drivers from the CD and then updating them from the net I started having problems:

1) when booting, the splash & post etc screen comes up on my Acer (second) monitor, then when Windows has started it switches to the log in screen on my Samsung (main) monitor.
2) when I go into Windows colour management via Control Panel it identifies my second monitor as number one, when I go into nVidia control panel or Windows "change resolution" panel both read the Samsung as number one monitor

There seems to be some confusion in the system as to which is the number one monitor.

Would this be a BIOS issue? is the BIOS using the VGA connection as the main until Windows opens then uses the preferences I have set for monitor ID? Can this be rectified within the BIOS settings?

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Answer:dual monitor -OS boot split over 2 monitors

The Video card by default, considers the Right DVI port as you look at the back of the computer, to be the Main DVI port and the one to the Left to be the Secondary.
You can assign which monitor you want to be the main monitor in the nVidia Control Panel, and you can drag the icon around to move it to the position you want it to be. But if the Bios only sees your secondary monitor then switch port of the monitor.

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I recently installed a second monitor for my PC. I have an AMD 7850 and one display is a DVI output (my primary and previously used display) and the new one uses an hdmi output. When I first tried this, it worked completely fine but now, when I boot to windows the computer doesn't output a display when both are connected.

The computer is booting to windows succesfully, though, as the num lock key works and I can shut down the computer with out hard killing the power. If I boot with only the DVI monitor everything is fine and, after I have booted to windows, I can then connect the hdmi and both displays work.

Any ideas as to why this might be happening? Is there some way to choose a primary display port on the video card? Thanks for the help.
 

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I am experiencing a problem when booting Dual-Monitors plugged on the HP t620 Quad Core TC's with Windows 10 embedded. The Monitors will lose display after passing the HP booting screen. However, if I boot the thin client with just one monitor plugged in it boots with display perfectly fine, I can then plug the second monitor in after it reaches the Windows 10 embedded sign in page and both monitors will work. However, if I shutdown and reboot the computer again the dual monitors both go blank again after passing the HP logo again. Both monitors are HP ProDisplay P202m's and are both plugged in via display port cables with no extra adapters. I have tried the exact same pair of monitors with an older Windows 7 embedded t620 without any issue. I ran updates on the BIOS and graphic card drivers. Any advice would be appreciated.

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I'm pricing out my next system and it's going to be a Gaming/Home Theatre PC for college. So my question is...can I have a dual boot system with Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Media Center 2005? Thanks in advance...
 

Answer:Dual-Boot/Multi-Boot

Yeah, Partition Magic should do the trick. Just install one and then pop in the disk as if you were installing the second OS fresh and just select your extra partition.

Sorry for short response, Im on the phone.
 

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I have 1 monitor connected to my graph card and 1 in my motherboard, but the monitor connected to my motherboard does not display and my PC does not find it and i tried to detect it with Catalyst Control Center and that didn't work either.

Like maybe there is a program that lets me use on-board graphics and graphics card at the same time.

Would be awesome to get some help.

If its needed here is my PC Specs etc:
Graph Card: I got 2x XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB GDDR5
Motherboard: MSI Z77A-GD55, Socket-1155
Power supply: Chieftec Nitro Series BPS-950C 950W PSU
PC Monitors: BenQ 24" LCD G2420HD
CPU: Intel? Core i7-2600K Processor
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate x64
RAM: Kingston DDR3 HyperX 1600MHz 16GB
CPU Cooling: Antec Kuhler H2O 920 CPU Cooler
Hard Drives: 2x Corsair SSD Force Series 3, 120GB 2.5" and 1 Seagate Barracuda? Green 2TB, 3,5"
PC Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced Big Tower

Would be lovely to get some help,

Answer:Problems with Dual Monitors - Help would be awesome.

Hello Bodomi,

I have already made a reply, please do not make a second post:

Problems with Dual Monitors

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I have a dual monitor setup on my pc. Gforce4 440 128mb agp card and an ATI rage 128 pro pci. My problem is that when i am playing media ie music, video etc. i get distorted sound when i open, close, maximize, move any window on the monitor that is on the ati rage card. I remove the card and the sound distortion goes away. I have moved the monitors around, i have updated drivers for EVERYthing in this mess. I have an ECS mobo k7s5a with sis7012 integrated sound. cannot find ANY references for this type of problem. The only thing i haven't done is tried another pci card to replace the ATI. I would just like to know why there is distortion.

THanks in advance!
Rich
 

Answer:Dual Monitors and Sound Problems

Did you try a differnt PCI slot for the ATI card?
 

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Ok, this problem is getting really annoying and I think its a problem with windows 7 itself and not my computer.

Basically I have a dual monitor setup with the left hand monitor as my secondary and right hand monitor as my primary.  Whenever I have an application with any graphics on it at all such as a progress bar on my left hand monitor moving windows around becomes laggy and juddery, yet this doesn't happen when the graphical app is on my primary monitor!

My system Specs: 
ASUS Striker Extreme MOBO
OCZ 850W gameXtreme
Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz CPU
4GB (4x1GB) OCZ DDR2 1066MHz RAM
Nvidia 8800GTX
Sound blaster x-fi Xtreme Gamer (older PCI version)
3 x 80GB HD for system drive in RAID 0
1 x 500GB and 1 x 250GB drives for storage
Monitors are 1680 x 1050 res

Windows 7 Exp Index:
CPU: 5.9
Memory: 5.9
Graphics: 6.8
Gaming Graphics: 6.8
Primary HD: 5.9


What iv tried:


Updating to latest drivers
Upgraded system memory from 2GB to 4GB
Installing 64-bit version
removing sound card and re-installing windows from scratch
upgraded my PSU


Thanks for your help!



 

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I just installed Vista Business and get the same exact image on both of my monitors. How do I change it so that the displays are independent? Do I need to download the ATI drivers instead of using the ones built into Vista? Thanks in advance. So far, Vista looks pretty slick.
 

Answer:Problems with dual monitors in Vista...

I'm not on my Vista machine right now, and I can't remember the exact vernacular but it's in Display Properties. Highlight your secondary display, and then select the option to "stretch" (or something like that) the desktop onto the secondary display.
 

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Hi, when i plug in a hdmi from my tv to my computer, my desktop doesnt show up on my tv. Im trying to makee it so i can use my tv as a monitor for my computer

cOMPUTER sPECS:

MotherBoard: Gigabyte: GA-MA785GM-US2H

Cpu: AMD Phenom II x4 920 Processor

Memory: 2 X COrsair CM2x2048-6400C5

Netowrk adapter: Realtek pcie gbe family controller

Graphics: EVGA NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 1024 MB

Sound: Reaktek High Definition Audio

HardDrive: Seagate ST3250410AS

Thanks!

Answer:Unable to run dual monitors, for home entertainment system.

Take a screen shot of the screen resolution & stick it up here. Right click the desktop/screen resolution. First window you come too. Just curios.

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I'm using Win7 Pro w/ Service Pack 1, and ATI Raqdion HD 4600 series Graphics card. Up until last week I had dual Sony E540 CRTs with extended display across both (left #1; right #2).

I finally upgraded to ASUS VW246 LCDs, automatically installed as Generic PnP; I could not find ASUS drivers. Since then, my display screens randomly flip-flop when I log on or boot up (i,e., the left becomes #2; the right #1). The mouse then cannot travel directly across from one to the other, but left off the left screen and appears to the right on the right screen.This does not happen every time, but often enough to be a real irritant.

When this happens, I swap the cables in order to re-establish the proper relationship. Otherwise everything works normally.

I've run through all the Control Panel settings, and am stumped. Needless to say, swapping the cables every day is getting to be a real pain. Appreciate any help.

Answer:Dual monitors randomly flip-flop upon log-on or boot-up

You don't need to swap the cable, just go into display properties (right click on Desktop and select Screen Resoultion) and then re-position the screens by clicking and dragging the left monitor over to the right.

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HP Zbook Studio G3 connected to two ASUS 24" HDMI screens (VE248H with different firmware) via the HP Tunderbolt Dock 3.  Screens are connected via Displayport to HDMI adapters. Upon boot up, one of the screens does not sync- which one is random. If it is the primary screen, the symptom is a loop of the screen blacking out ever 3 seconds or so for 2 seconds then lighting up again. Sometimes this is accompanied with an audible click. If it is the secondary screen the loop is the image wobbles every 5 seconds or so, blacks out briefly then comes back on.  I have updated the firmware on the dock, the BIOS, and all the drivers.  The daily steps to resolve the problem involve the Multiple displays option in Window's Screen Resolution. By changing it back and forth between the individual displays and the "Extend these displays" option I eventually get the screens to stabilize. Any help would be nice. Wasting 5 - 10 minutes each morning on this is frustrating.

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Hey all!

So my PC decided to upgrade to Windows 10 while I was at work, even though I was sure I had turned it off! The only real problem with this is my desktop wallpaper! In Windows 7 I had the same image on both monitors, and the image would rotate every minute. So far, I have been unsuccessful in replicating this, and after searching through some forums and doing some googling I haven't been able to find anyone who has solved this problem! Is it not possible on Windows 10? All of the wallpaper settings are so bad, and SPAN is the only setting that looks even remotely good... And it's horrible...

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Hey all!

So my PC decided to upgrade to Windows 10 while I was at work, even though I was sure I had turned it off! The only real problem with this is my desktop wallpaper! In Windows 7 I had the same image on both monitors, and the image would rotate every minute. So far, I have been unsuccessful in replicating this, and after searching through some forums and doing some googling I haven't been able to find anyone who has solved this problem! Is it not possible on Windows 10? All of the wallpaper settings are so bad, and SPAN is the only setting that looks even remotely good... And it's horrible...

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Hello,

As the title states, I'm having some issues with having all three devices connected to my video at the same time. My card has a vga, dvi, and s-video slot. I have a lcd monitor connected to the vga connector, a crt monitor connected to the dvi port through a dvi to vga adapter, and I just recently bought an s-video cord to hook up to my tv which also takes s-video.

It seems that I can't have all three connected at the same time because when I restarted so that the tv could be detected, my system kept making weird noises and displaying some message on a black screen before windows loaded, but I couldn't see what it said since the comp. restarts before I can read it. As soon as I unplugged the s-video cable the comp. started up normally. I think I read somewhere that nvidia cards can only have two displays active at once, but my main question is: Is there a way to switch between using my lcd and crt monitor and using my lcd and tv without screwing up settings?


Sorry for rambling and the long explanation, any advice or sources of advices would be much appreciated!

P.S. another side issue I had was that when I got the display working on the tv, the tv would not show the entire window, like part of it was cut off from the top, i tried messing with the resolutions but it didn't work, is there any way to make it so that a window will maximize properly on the tv.
 

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I have a multi-boot computer with the following setup :C drive Windows MED drive Windows XP SP1E drive Windows XP SP2The boot partition is drive C. The trouble is that my Windows ME system may need reinstalling as I am having some problems that I cannot find a solution for. Obviously I cannot just reinstall ME straight over the top of the existing drive C without buggering up the boot-up of Drives D and E.Is it possible to move the boot.ini file to either Drive D or E, do the reinstall of ME and then move it back onto Drive C. Or would this muck up my being able to boot into the D and E drives?Do I need to move anything besides the boot.ini file for the booting process?

Answer:Change the boot.ini location on multi boot system

Boot.ini must be on the C drive, along with a few other files.

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I am having a nagging problem with getting the 2nd monitor in my dual monitor setup to start properly when doing a Windows restart (only). The appearance is blue and very faded. It looks like a CRT where the red and green guns are not working. I can faintly see the information being displayed but it's hard to view. This problem does not happen when I do a complete turnoff and boot my computer fresh as everything works perfectly.

What happens differently during a restart vs a fresh start?

I am using a GeForce2 MX/MX400 NVidia compatable video card from gainwardusa.com and am running Windows XP Pro with SP2.

I have contacted gainwardusa and have been sent several different drivers in an attempt to solve my problem but thus far, I have been unable to care for this issue.

One other point......when the pc recovers from standby or hibernation, everything comes back working properly.

Does anyone have any ideas?
 

Answer:Dual Monitors - Problems with Restart Only - Not Fresh Start

Does this problem occur if you on the pc fresh and then do the restart without starting up any apps?Does this problem occur in safe mode or low resolutions?
 

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How to Install Microsoft Windows XP on a Dell Studio 1747,
turning it into a dual-boot (multi-boot) Windows 7 and Windows XP computer
 

Disclaimer: I am a not a computer guy. I learned how to do the following by searching all over the internet, some of which is no longer available online. The following instructions worked for my Dell Studio 1747. I install Windows XP Professional 32-bit.  I did NOT have to unistall Windows 7. These instructions do not apply to any other configuration.    These instructions are mostly for me just incase I ever have to do this again.


 
1.         Back up all files you do not want to lose.
2.         Create a new partition (volume) on the hard drive.
                        -Make it minimum space to install Windows XP and whatever over XP programs you eventually want to install.
                        -I made mine 20 Gb in size. I think you need a minimun of 10 Gb to be safe.  But keep in mind to make it big enough for all the software you will use on it, i.e. adobe, microsoft office, roxio,  etc.
 
             &nbs... Read more

Answer:Studio 1747:dual-boot (multi-boot) windows XP and Windows 7

I want to add little bit more thing in above article. You can make a simple bootable usb of your desire Windows XP, or Windows 7. It is very simple just download the yumi bootable software first then download Windows 7 from here fileswiper.info/.../
or get Windows XP from here fileswiper.info/.../.
these setups have all drivers of dell laptop and dekstop PC.
after getting the download setup you just need to select your Operating system and browse your setup file by using yumi bootable software.
It will create your bootable USB with in  15 minutes. and you are able to install your operating system using your USB drive..

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Question: Multi-boot system

I already have xp and W7-64 on my computer. I have 4 internal HDD's and am thinking of adding third OS, W7-32. Since they would be on the same computer, will I be able to activate the W7 32-bit version?

Answer:Multi-boot system

Yes as long as its on a different partition or drive.

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i would like to know if it is possible to make four bootable partitions on a single harddrive...is it possible to use the windows xp disc to format all the partitions to make them bootable or do i have to use a "boot floppy"...i know that there's only 4 partitions allowed (excluding logical disks) just not sure if all 4 can be bootable

Answer:multi boot system...

Any primary partition can contain a Windows operating system. Any partition reflecting a Windows operating system can be bootable.This, of course, takes no notice of those situations where two copies of Windows accidentally coexist on one partition.A hard drive is limited to having 4 primary partitions...the limit for bootable partitions containing Windows...on one hard drive is 4.But I understand that Linux can be be installed on logical partitions...so I have no idea what the limit might be for such involved in multiboot situations.If you have an XP CD, there is no reason to have a boot floppy. The CD performs the same formatting functions that the floppy used to be used for.Louis

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Question: Multi-Boot System

I've been working on a project for ASU, in which we have created a multi-boot system with four partitions. We've installed Vista, Win2000, and XP Pro.
I've got two XP Pro installations, although I can't get one of them to boot. We were trying to create an xp pro os that is joined to our ASUTC domain, and also an xp pro installation that is created as a workgroup. The installation joined to our domain, we renamed XP Active Directory, and this partition boots fine. The other installation of xp, we call XP Pro, will begin to load (makes it to the window's logo screen) then restarts. I was wondering if it is possible to install the same os version & platform on the same hard-drive (different volumes, of course). When I checked the system files, some of the boot files are missing.

Answer:Multi-Boot System

Yes that is completely possible. At the same time you could just check your Disk Management screen and see which drive contains the boot information. From there you can edit the boot.ini file manually to correct the boot problem for the XP install that isnt booting.

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I am using Windows 7 SP-1 and have 581GB free space on my 1TB SSD. I would like to set up a clean Window 7 partition for experimenting, a partition for experimenting with Windows 10 and a partition in which I will install my current software into Windows 7. Can't find a tutorial to set up a multi boot system. Could someone please point me in the right direction? Also, how much space should I allocate for the experimental partitions (I only plan to install one or two programs at a time in these partitions). Thank you.........

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HI. I have a Samsung HD monitor and a VGA SuncMaster Samsung monitor. The HD monitor is what I use on my desktop all the time. I am wanting to have dual monitors to use on occasion and use both these at the same time with a mirror image. The graphic card ATI Radeon HD 5450 has a place for my HD and VGA slots. Win 7 recognizes both monitors, BUT my HD monitors resolution is not HD anymore but the VGA monitor is good.

How do I get the settings to be the same as it is on my HD monitor and then display the mirror image to the VGA monitor????

Thanks so much, Tammy

Answer:ATI Radeon HD 5450 Dual Monitors HDMI & VGA Resolution Problems

Are you sure what you want is to DUPLICATE the contents of both monitors (referred to as "clone mode")? You want to show the identical desktop content on both monitors identically and simultaneously?

Or do you want to EXTEND the Windows desktop to run horizontally across both monitors, so that your Windows desktop is pretty much "double wide"? This allows you to drag windows onto one or the other monitor, and open up independent program windows on either monitor to meet your needs (e.g. to look at two open program windows independently presented on each of your monitors).

If you run the dual-monitor setup in EXTEND mode (with one of the monitors called "primary" monitor for Windows and the other monitor known as the "extend/secondary" monitor) then each monitor can be configured to run at its own native/optimal resolution, independent of what the other is configured at. So if you have a CRT (typically 4:3 or so) it can run at say 1280x1024 or 1600x1200 or 1440x900 or something like that, while your flatscreen/TV (typically 16x9 or 16x10) can run at say 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 or 1680x1050 or something like that. So you'd get FULL use of both monitors at their native/optimal resolutions, and maximum width of the effective combined Windows desktop.

If instead you do really want to run the two monitors in "clone mode", then you only have a Windows desktop that is the smaller of the two monitors. And you will be running the... Read more

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I recently updated my nVidia drivers to the latest and also my SiSandra Lite software (for quick access to accurate specs of my PC). After updating SiSandra Lite, I looked at the GPU section. As usual it loaded the primary monitor first where everything was fine. I then changed to look at my secondary and my primary monitor turned off and my desktop was shifted to my second.

Now when I boot my computer, my primary comes on, but after the pre and post bios. Only when Grub comes on does something appear on my primary monitor, but it's very low resolution (compared to what it used to be). The windows 7 loading bar appears on my primary but before the logo can appear and glow, it swaps to my secondary monitor where it stays.

Windows 7 cannot detect my primary monitor trying both screen resolution detection and it's missing from the devices menu. Really confused about this whole business

I realise this may have been posted as a problem before. I did find little snippets of information about it but nothing sufficient.

Any help or redirecting to places where this problem has been solved would be much appreciated

Thanks

Ben

Answer:Dual Monitors problems ater updating SiSandra and GPU drivers

Anyone?

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I need help from you SME out there, How to setup a Multi-OS boot system using <Win98> <XP Pro> <Vista Ultimate 64> on three separate SATA hard drives. All there is required for operation.
First, I created a RAID stripping with three SATA drives. Using XP Pro partitioned the Array and formatted into three logical drives. Installed XP Pro first without a problem, but my Plextor optical drive would not recognize Win98 CD and stopped any attempts for installation.

Questions.
1. Is it even possible to setup multi-boot OS in RAID configuration?
2. Can multi-boot OS be setup on separate HDD in non RAID configuration?
3. Which sequence should the OS be installed? Assuming Vista 64 is last.

Windows 98 ? drive 01, FAT32
WinXP Pro ? drive 02, NTFS
Vista Ultimate 64 ? 03, NTFS

Thanks in advance.
Myarkangel
 

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Not sure if this is the right place!

I have a multiboot system, comprising of a few flavours of linux, windows xp and windows 7 and it's all set to boot from the grub boot loader..... Well almost! If i want to load XP or 7 there is just a single windows entry in grub, this then takes me to the Windows 7 boot loader where i can choose Windows 7 or an older version of windows i.e. XP.

I would like now though to do a fresh install of Windows XP, and i presume that if i do, the Windows 7 boot loader will be wiped? If so, wil it be possible to reinstall the loader?

thanks

666philb

Answer:Reinstalling xp on a multi boot system.

Relevant LinksMy experience (dual-boot XP and Win 7) is that trying to do a clean install of XP (minus any other drive reflecting a different O/S) resulted in an XP install resulted in an XP install that booted properly. If I then had wanted to reestablish my dual-boot, I would have had to do a reinstall of Win 7, to make it bootable again and make the XP boot.ini subordinate to the Vista/Win 7 bootloader.One of the links listed above may offer an easier, more reliable way.Louis

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I had windows XP working on my computer. I installed Windows 7 x64 on a seperate partition on the same hard drive. Everything was fine for a while, then when I tried to load XP, it wouldn't load. It only flashed the Windows XP loading screen of a second, then a 1 second blue screen then the system reboots. The windows 7 installation has been fine.

I have restored XP from image back-up 3 times. Each time it would work ok for a few days then same problem, wouldn't load. It won't even load in the safe mode.

Answer:XP dies in multi-boot system

  
Quote: Originally Posted by oldspook


I had windows XP working on my computer. I installed Windows 7 x64 on a seperate partition on the same hard drive. Everything was fine for a while, then when I tried to load XP, it wouldn't load. It only flashed the Windows XP loading screen of a second, then a 1 second blue screen then the system reboots. The windows 7 installation has been fine.

I have restored XP from image back-up 3 times. Each time it would work ok for a few days then same problem, wouldn't load. It won't even load in the safe mode.


Don't know why it is happening, but when you install 7 and leave XP at the front of the hard drive, instead of 7 creating its 100MB "System Partition" with its boot code, 7 puts the boot code in the XP partition. Can you post a screeenshot of your "Disk Management" window?

Screenshot with Paint

Something is happening to that file in XP?

I would think using your 7 DVD to do a "Startup Repair" or "Install Repair" would correct the situation, instead of restoring the XP image.

Repair Install

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

A more permanent solution (fairly easy as you seem to be comfortable restoring images) would be to move the XP partition to the end of the hard drive, all the way to the right. Then reinstall 7 at the front of the drive so it can create the 100MB "System Partition". You don't have to completely install the new ... Read more

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Essentially my plight is this: I would like to install Windows 98 on a computer that already has XP and set up a multi boot system. I did not partition the drives when XP was first installed.
Is there a way for me to do this without 1) Buying a program and 2) Reformatting my current XP and starting from stratch?

I did hear of free programs that can simulate an another OS so if you think that is a better option can you please give me a few details on how they function. I really appreciate the help and patience. Thank You
 

Answer:Setting Up Multi Boot System Help

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I upgraded to Win 7 (Home Premium) from XP by adding a new physical drive, not by inserting a new partition into the original boot drive. As a result, files essential to the booting of Win 7 are stuck on the XP drive. The XP drive cannot be removed or reformated because doing so would make it impossible to boot Win 7 from its drive, at least as is.

I have already added a great number of files to the Win 7 drive, and there is no space left on the XP drive to reinstall Win 7 there either. If possible, I need a solution that will make the Win 7 drive bootable so I can remove the XP drive completely, or reformat it.

As currently configured, XP is on drive C:, Win 7 was added to drive E:, and the system is currently run as a dual boot. Attempting to boot without the XP drive present will yield a "NTLDR is missing" error very early in the boot process.

I have already tried the following:
(1) I moved the hidden Windows Boot Manager files (bootmgr as well as the associated Boot folder) from the XP drive root to the Win 7 drive root.
(2) After physically removing the XP drive, I rebooted to the Win 7 installation DVD, and used the "Repair Your Computer" option to pull up the "Recovery Tools". Then, using the command prompt utility, ...
(3) I attempted to write a new boot sector to the Windows 7 disk using the command: Bootrec /fixboot, - that yields an error though. The Bootrec /fixmbr claimed success, but ultimately did not make Win 7 drive bootable. ... Read more

Answer:How do I remove XP from a dual-boot on dual-drive system, leaving the Win 7?

I found a solution. It's convoluted but it works. I will present it here in detail in case anyone else runs into this problem. I also found a Microsoft support article related to it, although it's discussing this problem for an older version of Windows:

Changing Active Partition Can Make Your System Unbootable

The article points out the boot-up error symptomatic of having multiple active partitions ahead of the actual partition with the OS: "NTLDR is missing". That is exactly what I experienced. Since most people use drive C: to boot from, they may never see be aware of this idiosyncratic problem, as active partitions after the first won't cause the problem. Microsoft blames an Intel's design for this oversight.

I first disconnected all other hard drives except my chosen boot drive, - this allowed Win 7 to boot properly, if only from that one drive. Here's the way in which I finally was able to reconnect all the drives and boot from my Win 7 drive:

(1) Once Win 7 was able to boot from the single drive remaining, I deleted the unnecessary boot menu left over from the dual boot by running the command prompt utility in the administrator mode, (right-click on command prompt program icon, select Run as administrator), and used the following command to delete the menu: BCDEdit /delete {ntldr} /f

(2) I then reconnected all the drives I previously removed. Consistent with what I'd expect if the Microsoft article was true, Windows 7 no lon... Read more

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Can anyone tell me how System Restore works in a multi-boot environment? (I am not concerned with Vista, but with WinXP only).
If I have O/S A and B, and I perform a System Restore in O/S A, is there any possibility that O/S B will also get rolled back to the same date?
In O/S A, should I allow System Restore to monitor the O/S B partition, or should I switch off System Restore on that drive?
 

Answer:System Restore in multi-boot environment

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hi all ,
new here so 1st q ,

i have an xp system with xp32+64 ,win7 32+64 on,running on win7 32 currently,
i would like to remove win7 64 bit without killing this 32 bit which runs fine + without killing xp ...
xp's run fine as does win7 32 just want to get rid of win7 64
Pleese help .. its not a major prob i just want it off this machine lol
the xp and win 7 drives are all over place some on seperate partitions etc its a mess in here and i'd like the communitys expertise on clearing this pc out hehe
any help greatly appreaciated

frosty.69

Answer:removing win7 64 from multi boot system

Hi frosty,

Please post a screenshot of the disk management window.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...en-forums.html

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I am currently using a multi-boot system with 98SE on a small FAT32 partition with XP on a larger NTFS partition. The balance of the single hard drive is divided into a data partition, an applications and games partition and a backup partition, all NTFS.XP needs reinstalling. I am wondering whether it is possible to reformat the XP partition only using partition magic and reinstall to that to avoid having to copy back my data, applications etc and, in particular, reinstall 98. Alternatively, and perhaps preferably, could I reformat the drive except for the 98 partition and set-up my XP and data etc partitions from scratch? There's nothing really wrong with my 98 set-up, which I only occasionally use for some legacy games and applications.It's just a thought but any reason why it's just plain impossible or any pitfalls I should be aware of? Any thoughts appreciated.PaulC

Answer:Reinstalling XP Home on multi-boot system

No help from me Paul but you have described almost exactly the situation I am in except that I only use XP home. I need to do what you describe because my OS directory has a corrupted MFT which Norton Disc Doctor can not repair. This also stops me increasing the size of the OS partition because Partition Magic keps flagging error 2003. Any response to Paul would also help me

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Dear Fellow Forum Users,

I'm running XP on my machine and I want to remove it and install win98SE. I don't mind reformatting the system and installing fresh win98SE.

My Plan is to install winXP pro after I installed win98SE. I read on the XP Help and support that for multi boot system, WIn98 should be installed first before WinXP. I want both systems so that I can run older programs and games on Win98SE while keeping WINXP on another partition for more secure computing.

My problem is when I restart the PC in cannot reboot on win98SE CD at the CD-ROM drive (I've already set the boot priority to CD-ROM at CMOS setup.) Instead, it merrily went through the WinXP routine to XP Welcome Screen.

details:
current OS: XP Pro SP1 at C
40GB HDD0 : Partition1 (OS) C: FAT32 30GB ;
Partition2 G: FAT32 10GB (data only)
20GB HDD1 : Primary partition 20GB FAT32 (data only)
CD-RW : Drive/Volume E
CD-ROM : Drive/Volume F
512 SDRAM
900MHz AMD Duron

Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:Multi boot system install problem

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   Note

I've now finished a proper tutorial on this process at this link below.

System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logical Partitions

This was all down with diskpart and disk management.


I booted the Vista installer to diskpart created the SysResv, an extended and a data partition.click any image to enlarge

I installed Vista first, I would normally do Windows 7 first but I wanted to make sure Vista's boot files would be created to the SysResv alone before I got too far.
I then did the shrink, creates and the formats using disk management.
Then installed Windows 7.

Then installed XP.
I had to run startup repairs to get back into W_7; then from within W_7 I added a boot entry for XP using EasyBCD
Enjoy!

Answer:System Reserved : Multi Boot from Logicals'

That's very interesting, don't have to worry about running out of primary drives.

The system reserved partition is very handy, as it turns out.

I've used the system partition most of the time. A lot of people were saying it is bad, but I never did get a good reason why.

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i7-5820k, 3.3GHz
Asus X-99A/USB 3.1 mobo
16gigs Ram
AMD RX480 8gig
Win 10/7

I am dual booting win 10 and 7. The install of 10 went smooth and I had the wonderful blue menu screen for some time.
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However, since the Creators update on 10 all I have for the boot manager is a black screen. I can still navigate said screen as if the manager options are still there, which is why I haven't really attempted to fix it since initially having the issue. Today the Restart I initiated hung so I ended up hitting my power button to kill it and boot it back up. Everything was normal until it got to the boot manager screen which was back in its blueness, but the menu was on the left screen as if my desktop was in an Eyefinity group (after booting it was and I didn't set that). Set it back to standard multiscreen non-Eyefinity and restarted afterwards and it was back to black again.

Reinstallation is out of the question.

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I'm attempting to do an upgrade/update install of Windows 7 Professional over Vista Business. Everything checks out with the update advisor, the anti-virus and anti-spyware programs have been turned off (I have, however, left the Windows home-grown firewall on), but shortly after the temporary files have been copied and the setup begins, I received a dialog box saying that an unexpected error has occurred and that I should retry the installation.

My system is multi-boot with the first partition for Windows XP Professional, the second with Vista Business, and the third and fourth with OpenSuse Linux. I'm trying to upgrade/update the Vista partition. SP1 has been installed for Vista, and all of the updates contained in SP2 have also been installed.

Sorry to waste your time if there is an obvious solution to this , but I haven't yet seen it in this forum or anywhere else. Thanks in advance for any help!

Answer:Unexpected error on multi-boot system

Hello Clip5, welcome to SevenForums.

I honestly to not suggest an upgrade, it tends to cause more problems. As to the others you have installed. Perhaps it has something to do with OpenSUSE. Do you use Grub1 or Grub2 for a boot loader? (Or something else)

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OK, I've recently had to reinstall 2000 Pro on my laptop (Gateway 9300) since I couldn't figure out why I was unable to launch a command prompt. I did a reinstall over the top of the funky OS. Everything went fine, all drivers were picked up correctly and I haven't had any problems with Apps. The problem is that now W2K is the default OS and is loaded if I'm not paying attention during boot and I've come to really like the dual monitor feature of W98. (I couldn't figure it out in W2K and I don't even know if it's possible, but I'll post that question seperately) Anyway, I referenced a very thourough Multi-Boot website created by some NT geek who will remain nameless *ahem* Reuel *ahem* *cough* *cough* but the only thing I couldn't find in it was how to set the default OS in the NT loader.
Anyway, any help would be appreciated.
 

Answer:Default OS on multi-boot system using NT loader

OK, after posting above I did a site search, followed some leads and ended up going to the M$ knowledgebase myself and I turned up this article that says W2K will do dual monitor and gives some instructions. I guess I'll just have to smack it around some more.

EDIT: Cain't spell werth a dang.

[This message has been edited by ich (edited 02-21-2001).]
 

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I've had many BSODs on this computer in the five years I've had it. Under warranty, I had a new video card (Gforce GT220 replacing GT210), new motherboard (Gigabyte 970A-D3 replacing 870A-UD3) when Windows 7 was the only system.
Since then, dual booting Windows 7 and 8.1, I've installed new RAM, new PSU, new HDD and both operating systems continue to randomly blue screen.
Now with Win 10 as a third operating system, they still happen.... twice today, but nothing for a week or so.
It drives me mad, and I'd willingly buy a new computer if I could be sure that would solve the problem. I've deleted all programs with old drivers, and keep right up to date with all updates available.

Answer:Many BSODs in multi-boot system and most suggest hal.sys

Hi skcusime,

It seems that an important file is corrupted.
Are you able to open msinfo32? (Search "msinfo32" without quotes)
If you are, please re-run the BSOD tool and upload the zip file.

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i7-5820k, 3.3GHz
Asus X-99A/USB 3.1 mobo
16gigs Ram
AMD RX480 8gig
Win 10/7

I am dual booting win 10 and 7. The install of 10 went smooth and I had the wonderful blue menu screen for some time.
Attachment 164426

However, since the Creators update on 10 all I have for the boot manager is a black screen. I can still navigate said screen as if the manager options are still there, which is why I haven't really attempted to fix it since initially having the issue. Today the Restart I initiated hung so I ended up hitting my power button to kill it and boot it back up. Everything was normal until it got to the boot manager screen which was back in its blueness, but the menu was on the left screen as if my desktop was in an Eyefinity group (after booting it was and I didn't set that). Set it back to standard multiscreen non-Eyefinity and restarted afterwards and it was back to black again.

Reinstallation is out of the question.

Answer:Invisible Boot Manager on Multi OS system.

In Windows 10, in a Command Prompt (Admin) - and I think Powershell (Admin) will work also, run:

bcdboot E:\Windows
bcdedit /set {default} description "Windows 7"
bcdboot C:\Windows
bcdedit /set {default} description "Windows 10"

The path in red is to your Windows 7 installation. It will be \Windows, but the drive letter might be different.
The path in green is to your Windows 10 installation, which should be C:\Windows.

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I really need some help ASAP.

My OS is Windows Vista Home Premium and I tried to set up a multi boot by installing XP on another partition.

Since I have installed XP, it runs fine. But every time I turn the computer off and then on again, it boots straight to Windows XP and doesn't give me the option to boot Vista.

Answer:Multi Boot Problems

I have solved the problem and I am now able to boot either Vista or XP on startup. I used the help from Microsoft here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529/en-us

What I want to do now, is erase XP and get Vista back to normal.

I would appreciate someone's help!

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me is on my c drive xppro is on my e drive it gives me boot options on startup but if i choose xp it hangs it will boot into me any help will be welcome

Answer:multi boot problems help please

Has it worked okay in the past? At what point does it hang -- what's showing on the screen? I'm no expert on this, but at least this will get you to top of the list again.

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My pc is a multi-boot system, winxp pro, English win7 and Hebrew win7. My printer is an usb Brother mfc-5440cn. The printer served me all along while using XP and for a time, with my win7 installations.
Suddenly, I don't know why, none of the thre operating systems recognize my printer. I took the printer to a Brother service and it's in a working condition. I tried to install various drivers on each and every os, but to no avail.

What can cause thus strange behavior? How do I set the computer, each and every os, to acknowlege and use my printer?
 

Answer:A multi-boot system fails to recognize USB printer

This may sound stupid, but have you tried a different USB port (assuming it's a USB printer)
 

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My pc is a multi-boot system, winxp pro, English win7 and Hebrew win7. My printer is an usb Brother mfc-5440cn. The printer served me all along while using XP and for a time, with my win7 installations.Suddenly, I don't know why, none of the thre operating systems recognize my printer. I took the printer to a Brother service and it's in a working condition. I tried to install various drivers on each and every os, but to no avail.What can cause thus strange behavior? How do I set the computer, each and every os, to acknowlege and use my printer?

Answer:A multi-boot system fails to recognize USB printer

Do other USB devices work? Check all the USB ports on the computer. It may be a fault with the PC.

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I have a laptop which multi-boots between Windows7 and Windows8. I share an NTFS partition between the two OSs. If I boot into Windows8 and make changes with files in the shared NTFS partition, everything works fine and I can reboot into Windows8 with no problems. If, however, I subsequently boot into Windows7, I will receive messages that Windows7 needs to check the shared NTFS partition for errors even before I get to the Windows7 login screen. After the check is run "errors" are "found" and "corrected" which subsequently foul up the NTFS partition for Windows8 use.

It seems that something needs to be done to the NTFS partition so that I can use it flawlessly between Windows7 and Windows8 without this problem showing up. Maybe it is something to do with hidden files or access control lists on the shared NTFS partition. Maybe an NTFS partition for Windows7 is somehow different in some way than an NTFS partition in Windows8. if anybody has any idea what is causing Windows7 viewing the NTFS partition as invalid after using it without problems in Windows8 I would appreciate hearing about it.

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Attached is a screen shot of my system hard drive set up. I'm using Easy BCD to boot to which ever OS as my mood strikes. I have some free space on drive X where I would like to install Vista ....for no other reason other that I can. Vista set up keeps giving an error message " cannot find or create proper partition to install Vista."
What am I missing? I have managed to get all the other OS's installed including Linux.

Answer:Multi boot system question....adding Vista

Delete the partition, then it will be unallocated and the vista install should work

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this need to be quik:i had windows 98 on drive D and windows xp on drive C. I removed the d drive and threw it away. The windows multiboot menu still asks me wether i want to boot windows 98 or xp, am i able to remove 98 from this menu? i don't want it popping up if i don't have the drive with 98 in the pc...

Answer:urgent multi boot problems

Start, Run, Type:C:/boot.iniClick OK.Remove the 98 line, File and Save.

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Hi,

I have two HDD, namely 10GB and 20GB HDD in my system.
System layout
AMD Duron 800GHz with 512MB Ram

I have this 10GB, & partitioned to C& E drive to cater for Win 98SE and win2k sever.
On my 2nd HDD(20GB), partitioned it to D & F drive, to cater for NT4 and XP.

Q1
Is it adviceable to partition different o/s in two HDD or have them dumped into one physical HDD?
(I have Partition Magic 7.0 installed on C drive)

Q2
I read articles in the web(can't recall where is URL) that if you are
installing NT on win2k, some of the system files will be overwritten as a result, even if you are installing nt on E drive, having installed win2k on D drive and 98SE on C drive.
(Assuming I have only one 10GB HDD)

Q3
What is the prior difference bet XP and win2k server feature, utilies etc??
Is there a need to upgrade??

Please reply to my queries.
Appreciated it.

Regards,
 

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Hi,My setup includes dual monitors with a T61 in port replicator  and a Dell 24" monitor positioned above.  While I can achieve this setup by manually dragging the external monitor above the laptop each time I dock, I cannot get the Presentation Director to capture this position accurately.  It will capture the setup, but reverts to horizontal monitors with left/right mouse whenever the captured profile is used.   [With my old T43 in the same setup, I was able to get the monitor positions memorized correctly. ] Does anyone have a solution?  I've checked the Control Panel--> Display settings and the NVIDIA Control panel.  The control panel allows me to set up the external monitor as per above, but I haven't found any control to ensure the settings "stick".

Answer:Dual Monitors / Cannot capture vertical monitors (mouse up /down vs left /right)

Additional Note:  I've also tried creating a new profile in the Presentation Director with the selection for "External Monitor positioned above laptop", but that does not work as it will not recognize the external monitor resolution of 1900x1280, and thus will not allow me to finish the profile.

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I have Windows Ultimate x64. It's a fresh (re)install. After retrieving all available updates (including all optional drivers) and rebooting, I tried to install the Japanese Language pack via Windows Update and after maybe around twenty minutes of the software trying to install, Windows Update reports an install failure. The error message is:


Code:
Code 80070643: Windows Update encountered an unknown error.
I Googled the error code, and Microsoft says that the error is caused by a possibly corrupt .NET install. After using their .NET cleaner and reinstalling all the applications, the error persists. I looked further on Google and read a post by someone with the exact same problem as me. It looked like he was able to fix his problem pretty easily, and he explains how he resolved it in his following post, but his explanation is a little over my head. From what I can tell he used bcdboot to tell Windows where the reserved system partition is or something like that. But without explicit instructions I'm kind of in the dark. I'm not good with Windows. I prefer Linux. Basically I need what he did explained in Captain Dummy talk... I think his solution is the solution to my problem as well.

Answer:Installing language pack on a multi-boot system fails

Hey neat! I fixed it myself by guessing at the guy's instructions!

What he did was issue the following command:

Code:
bcdboot C:\windows /s C:
And marked my system partition as active by using the administrative tools. I thought this would remove my boot loader, but it didn't, I still have GRUB. I think I basically just gave myself write permissions to the system drive, which Windows needed to install the language pack.

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I am running a multi-boot system, managed by EasyBCD, consisting of Vista (main operating system) XP, and Ubuntu. It all works fine with the exception of one annoying little niggle that I would like to fix.

On boot, I am offered the expected choice of three operating systems. However, if I select XP a second selection screen then appears with two identical entries for XP. The first one listed boots successfully, but the second seems to be pointing to a non-existent installation and crashes if chosen. EasyBCD only shows a single entry for XP, so I assume that it is being held somewhere else. At this point I have no idea how to find it and remove it.

Steve S

Answer:[SOLVED] How do I clear a corrupt XP entry from a multi-boot system

Try this:

Once booted onto the working installation of XP, click the "start" button. Click "run" and type in "msconfig," without the quotes. Once the configuration utility opens, click the "boot.ini" tab and see how many OSes are listed near the bottom.

It should look similar to this:

multi(0)disk(0)partition(*)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP [version]" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

* = the partition. if your drive just has one partition, it should be 1. if there are multiple partitions, it'll list the partition that XP is installed on.

[version] = Home or Professional, etc.

The /commands may or may not be there. For now, just tell me what you see.

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I have one HDD C: with Win7 64bit and another HDD from my previous dual boot PC with two partitions C: and E:, both winX pro.

How is it possible to combine both HDDs, creating a multi boot system having as C: my Win7 drive?

any advise would be highly appreciated!!!

Answer:Combine both HDDs creating multi boot system with C: as Windows 7?

If you windows 7 is the bootable disk, you can add the other disk's installed OS's to the boot menu. Using EasyBCD from NeoSmart Technologies you can alter the Windows 7 boot menu. Keep in mind that you can only chain from Win7/Vista (new boot loader) to XP and not the other way around. What that means is you can't add win7/vista to the XP boot menu (boot.ini).

This will not complicate your setup - you will be able to separate the drives and they will work independently. The only thing that will not work is when you boot with the Win7 drive, the XP menu options will not work, obviously, because the XP disk has been taken out.

In short: Add XP boot choices using EasyBCD to the Win7 boot menu. Win7 must be the bootable drive.

This tutorial should give you more details - .3 seconds on google... and its from this forum.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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Hi! I just upgraded to Win8 this weekend and so far I really like it. I discovered something this morning that now that the weekend is over is bugging the crap out of me and I need help. I work from home and use this alot so it would be helpful.

I am trying to do a couple things I could easily do in 7,
- have Chrome open in both monitors at once with different things on them.
- currently Chrome has no minimize/maximize buttons on the upper right like it used to. Makes it very hard to multitask.

I have 2 monitors, the main is a 23" touch screen and the second is an 18" non-touch screen.

Also, is there a way to have the taskbar to appear at the bottom always like it used to?

Thanks! I really appreciate the help!

Answer:Windows 8 Dual Monitors, need help having browser open in both monitors

Answered my own question. Google Chrome was showing in App mode. When I downloaded Chrome for 8 there is an option to have it show in desktop mode and the taskbar, minimize/maximize, and multi window option came back. YAY.

Now if someone could tell me why windows 8 won't fill the screen at the resolution recommended for my 23" monitor I'd be good!

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I have an ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 9600 video card. It's been working properly for quite awhile and now suddenly the cursor moves to the second monitor when I drag the cursor beyond the bottom of the first monitor.

It used to go from one monitor to the other by dragging it from left-to-right. I can't figure out what caused it to start doing this or how to go about getting it back to the way it was before. Any ideas how to change it back. Any help will be appreciated. Thank you!

.....Gord
 

Answer:Dual Monitors - cursor changes monitors vertically instead of horizontally

Display Properties - Settings - Drag the monitors to side-by-side position with the mouse, it thinks they are one obove the other.
 

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I've got a 100 gig hard drive divided into a primary C partition and a second logical partition (E drive). (I also have a separate hard drive, which is D, which I use for backups). This is a dual boot system - the C drive has Windows ME on it, which I don't use anymore, and the E drive has Windows XP Pro.

I'm wanting to find out if I can turn this dual boot system into a single boot system, so that I just have Windows XP on my system. Windows XP is now on the E partition. I'd like to avoid having to reinstall the XP operating system and having to re-install all my applications, etc. Is there a way to simplify this process of going from an ME/XP dual boot setup to an XP setup? Is there some automatic way to use so that XP and the applications on E will now migrate to C?

I'd appreciate tips and suggestions on how to accomplish this. I have Partition Magic, so I can use that if it's helpful. Thanks very much. Please feel free to e-mail directly: [email protected]
 

Answer:Changing Dual Boot System to Single Boot System

Hi jsaffer,
Have a look here :
http://www.petri.co.il/remove_windows_98.htm
 

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Hello,

I have 2 Windowses on my PC and I would like to play games that I have installed on W7 on W8 but there is a problem. Some games dont worked because of d3dx9 dll's and I solved it with installing DirectX , some games missed VC++/.Net. But now there are some games that still dont work. Like League of Legends didn't worked when i run it from W7 partition but when i copied it to W8 partition it worked. I don't want to do this with every game I have. Is there any solution to make them work?

Sorry for my english.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Dual/Multi Boot games form Windows 7 on Windows 8

As a general recommendation you shouldnt try to run most programs that are installed on another Windows OS'es partition. some softwares need certain files, dependencies, Registry entries, etc, and if those are in your other 7 OS, then your 8 install wont be able to find everything, which may bring about errors.

The best thing you can do is either play them on 7 or uninstall them in 7 and then reinstall them in 8.

I also had the same issue when trying to run some other Windows games via WINE in Ubuntu Linux. same basic principle applies.

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I'm running a multiple boot system with an internal 40GB hard drive (secondary) with 2 partitions having win2k pro and winxp pro (recently)installed on each partition. I also have 3 other hard drives (primary) that are interchangeable via a swappable hard drive bay configuration all of which are running my old reliable win98se which have all been dual/ multi booting fine and working well with win2k which is/was already residing on my internal hard drive prior to the recent xp pro installation. I recently installed winxp pro on my main internal hard drives second partition and I installed xppro with my main swappable hard drive inserted already running win98se (I'll call it swappable hard drive #1 of 3 for illustration purposes), which all co-exist and are running great together very well (aside from the file format incompatibility issue between 98/2kpro/xppro of course), however when I switch to my other swappable drives #2 & #3 needless to say I don't "see" xp pro on the startup menu. I've seen some potential fixes for this and wanted to put my problem out to the community for an overall consensus on what I can and should do to correct the boot issue on my "other" drives #2 & #3. I believe I've got to boot to (with swappable drive #2 installed) to my win xp installation disc and go to recovery, from there I believe I have to "fixboot" to rewrite the MBR to now see xp on my drive #2, then repeat the process instal... Read more

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So I'm in need of the time right now, where I need help on installing Windows XP. I already made a partition of where I'm going to install XP and stuff like that. The only thing I need right now is, I have a USB Lexar 2 GB and SD Card 1 GB and my desktop that have the files on the installation disc. My laptop does not have a CD Drive at all, so I can't put CDs. I'm looking for a way on how to install this without having to buy a external CD Drive and then going out to buy XP... unless I can copy the files I have onto a CD and burn them.

Please help me out.

Answer:Multi-boot/Dual-Boot Windows XP on Windows 7

The problem is the partition you created needs XP formatting and I am not sure you can format using the XP installer if it is not booted.

I am testing now if XP files can be loaded into a USB stick and booted as Win7 can . Stand by.

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hello all,

I have several questions here:

1. How do i install a 2nd monitor and my graphics card has one output?!! Actually it has the normal o/p that accepts monitor's cables and another o/p that i'm still figuring it out


2. If i suceeded in installing a 2nd monitor, how can i turn my PC into a server (or 2 PCs-in-1) ? In other words, how can i and my brother use the same PC AT THE SAME TIME, such that, he's using one monitor and i'm using the other and we have two sets of terminal devices, i.e. two keyboards and two mice?
 

Answer:Dual monitor == Dual PC == multi-terminal Server

Zeratul said:



hello all,

I have several questions here:

1. How do i install a 2nd monitor and my graphics card has one output?!! Actually it has the normal o/p that accepts monitor's cables and another o/p that i'm still figuring it out


2. If i suceeded in installing a 2nd monitor, how can i turn my PC into a server (or 2 PCs-in-1) ? In other words, how can i and my brother use the same PC AT THE SAME TIME, such that, he's using one monitor and i'm using the other and we have two sets of terminal devices, i.e. two keyboards and two mice?Click to expand...

1) That second output may be DVI, or S-Video, what does it look like? If it has a lot of holes, it's DVI(newer LCD monitors) if it's black and has 4(i think) holes and a rectangular hole, it's S-Video and goes to a regular TV.

2) I don't think that's possible with one PC, but I could very well(and probably am) be wrong.
 

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Hi everyone, I hope you can help me out with this.

I'm trying to add 4 monitors to my PC (on top of the existing one) I have purchased a new graphics card nvidia geforce 8400 gs and have 2 montors running on this and I have a 3rd monitor running on a usb to vga adaptor.

my computer has one PCI express port which has the new graphics card in and 1 PCI (not express) port which is empty at the moment. What I want to know is can I buy a PCI card and fit it in this port to run the last two monitors? I have found a NVIDIA PCI card which I believe will fit (its a NVIDIA Geforce 9300 GS).
[h=1][/h]The 4 monitors I am trying to add are all 15 inch and they are only for viewing charts and spreadsheets on. I dont need it for gaming or viewing video etc.

So the question is can i buy this second card and be able run both cards at once?

Or could/should I buy 2 more USB to VGA adaptors?

Or neither?

My PC is a dell studio 540 bought about 2 years ago, 32-bit 4GB.

Thanks for the help.

Answer:Help with multi monitors?

Good question.

Being a dell it probably has a small power supply, so putting a 2nd gpu in it may not work due to not enough power.

Which adapters are you using? The evga one?

You could try the 9300, But I cant find any info on it on the net. Does it only have 1output?

Welcome to the forum.

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Anyone heard anything about Nvidia possibly adding multi-monitor support for SLI any time soon? I just purchased a second 8800GTS 512 and SLI'd it up with my old one, but to my dismay, I couldn't use both of my screens anymore. Not in SLI mode anyway...

Why would Nvidia do this to me?
 

Answer:Multi-Monitors and SLI

MetalX said:





Anyone heard anything about Nvidia possibly adding multi-monitor support for SLI any time soon? I just purchased a second 8800GTS 512 and SLI'd it up with my old one, but to my dismay, I couldn't use both of my screens anymore. Not in SLI mode anyway...

Why would Nvidia do this to me? Click to expand...

There is a workaround I used with my 8800GT SLI to make use of two more monitors alongside my SLI configuration. I had an identical board, as well.

The idea revolves around a third GPU (Anything will do, so a cheap 8400GS would work fine. I used my old EVGA 7800GT) and tricking the driver. If you want, I can dig up the link to the workaround from somewhere.

You cannot do it with only the two SLI'ed cards, and I haven't heard anything about additional monitor support. This is quite annoying, since there is a serviceable workaround and dual GPU cards like the 9800GX2 are essentially SLI, but with multi-monitor support. Both mean it is possible, so I don't know why it was not implemented.
 

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Hello I bought a ENVY 750-427C  I was told that it could run up to 3 monitors, it has 3 HDMI ports, but when I try to detect any others it says it can't find any.  What do I need to do to make at least 2 work?? Thanks 

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Question: multi monitors

How can i tell if my laptop is capable of having 2 or 3 monitors working correctly with my set up? I have an asus x550za. If it is, how do i setit up?

Help is appreciated.

thx

Answer:multi monitors

From the pics it looks like you have 1xVGA and 1xHDMI. I can't find anything specific for what the APU supports for max outputs...but I would probably assume either:
a) Built-in LCD + VGA OR HDMI
b) VGA + HDMI but NO built-in LCD

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Question: Multi-Monitors

I'm planning on going to a dual monitor setup. I'm using XP and have a dual monitor video card. Is there any software which would help or enhance dual monitors?

Best Regards,

steel

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I finally got my video cards driver working for dual video.  Using windows 7 Im able to go from svideo to RCA. Thing is that it sees four attached monitors the third being my tv.  I want too keep everything to the first two but be able to put like movies out to the tv without loosening my second monitor. It's a nvidia GeForce fx 5500

Answer:Multi monitors

Im gusseing it cant do this since there is a limit to the display output of most video cards

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Hello everybody,

I'm reletively new on this forum and I've spent a lot of time reading posts here concerning innovative installation methods and various approaches to partitioning. This forum really has some great info and users!

I'm an old school guy going back to the days before PCs even existed. Electronics has always circulated in my bloodstream. I'm an old dog but open to new tricks.

I decided to overhaul my primary workhorse computer (See this thread for full description) by adding an SSD and rearranging my drivespace, as one of my drives was failing. I had an 80GB Vertex2 SSD scavanged from another system and thus I hatched my new partition scheme to use it.

Long story short is that after multiple trials I came to the conclusion the SSD was causing me much trouble, probably failing due to it's age. 80GB was a mighty tight fit anyway to boot 3 operating systems. So today I ordered a new SSD, a low cost 120GB Sandisk Plus from Amazon, paying less than $40 including shipping by using a discount coupon I had.

At this point I'm asking myself whether I should scrap all of the MBR partitioned disks and use only GPT disks. In reading this thread I see it's now possible to boot Windows installed on GPT using a non UEFI, legacy BIOS, which is good b/c that's all my mobo supports. That thread also requires at least a minimal MBR image, be it on a floppy VHD or other virtual image, or via some other clever "trick" to allow either winload.exe or bootmgr to live in... Read more

Answer:Pros / Cons of Multi-boot, Multi-Disk Partition Scheme With SSD

To the best of my knowledge MBR will work just find for drives smaller than 2 TB.
Drives bigger than that need to be GPT.

A little info from Microsoft.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2581408





Quote:
In order for an operating system to fully support storage devices that have capacities that exceed 2 terabytes (2 TB, or 2 trillion bytes), the device must be initialized by using the GUID partition table (GPT) partitioning scheme. This scheme supports addressing of the full range of storage capacity. If the user intends to start the computer from one of these large disks, the system’s base firmware interface must use the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) and not BIOS.



More helpful info from one of Brinks tutorials.

Hard Drive - GPT or MBR

More information if need be.

How to Convert a MBR Disk to a GPT Disk
How to Convert a GPT Disk to a MBR Disk

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Hello dear sirs,

I helped a friend replace his MB after failure, exactly same MB only new version (2 .1 not 2 - Gigabyte 970A-DS3P) He has a dual boot and Win 8.1 works fine but Win 7 doesn't. Repair doesn't resolve problem. Have looked at various fixes including Command Prompt Dir fix and Paragon software. We are concerned that re-installation will overwrite valuable files. I was wondering what you would advise, we are assuming that a re-installation will probably be needed but would appreciate some advice as to the best course of action.

Thanks ever so much in advance for any help you might be able to offer.

All the very best, May the 4th be with ...always...


 

Answer:New MB Old MB failure no Win7 boot issue (Dual Boot system Win8 fine)

System Model
Windows 8.1 Professional (x64) (build 9600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)
Installed: 2/4/2015 4:22:57 AM
Boot Mode: Legacy BIOS in UEFI (Secure Boot not supported) Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
3.93 gigahertz AMD FX-6350 Six-Core
288 kilobyte primary memory cache
6144 kilobyte secondary memory cache
8192 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (3 total)
Hyper-threaded (6 total) Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. 970A-DS3P
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
UEFI: American Megatrends Inc. FB 10/31/2014
Drives Memory Modules c,d
2500.51 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
1774.72 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
DTSOFT Virtual CdRom Device [Optical drive]
TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-224DB [Optical drive]

SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB Device (16.01 GB) -- drive 3, s/n 20051233900C67C09D2A
WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 2, s/n WD-WCC3F2DY9DK4, rev 01.01A01, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD1003FZEX-00MK2A0 [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WCC3FJZZ4LU2, rev 01.01A01, SMART Status: Healthy
WDC WD5000AAKS-00UU3A0 [Hard drive] (500.11 GB) -- drive 0, s/n WD-WCAYUJ466801, rev 01.03B01, SMART Status: Healthy 8160 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

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Hi,
It has happened to me twice...I accidentally deleted a partition and later found out that my system is dead....The only way I recover out of that is I reinstall Windows and then install grub again to recover the Linux partition. But I feel the delete partition is a very rapid process just taking seconds and in that I don't think files would be deleted, so I feel potentially I can recover the deleted partitions including the boot partition. But I don't know how to do it. Also now when the boot partition is deleted and the system is not booting up what should be done to recover the system and data?
Thanks in advance,
-pkd
 

Answer:How to recover deleted grub/boot partition in Windows XP(Dual boot system))

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I've read that in Windows 8 with a dual monitor setup, the metro screen defaults to one screen and the desktop to the other.
That's fine, but what about when you want to span the desktop across both monitors? Do you actually have to go and change the settings every time or is there an easy way to toggle the metro UI on/off on the 2nd monitor?
 

Answer:Multi-Monitors in Windows 8

Nope, it works fine with dual monitors... I'm using it now, nothing to setup. When you go to the desktop it brings it up on both monitors.

When you go to the metro interface it only uses 1.
 

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I have a inspiron 660 with the factory Intel HD Graphics card which has HDMI and VGA interface.  I am using both ports because I have two monitors.  Now I want to add two additional monitors but am not sure how to go about adding additional monitors.  I don't know if my PC can take another card so if someone knows the best route for me to take to configure my PC so I can add the two extra monitors, I would surely appreciate the advice.  By the way, the system in my compute is all OEM, I have nothing added to my tower as of yet.  This is the configuration I have:  www.cnet.com/.../

Answer:Hardware for multi monitors

Do you have the Inspiron 660 or the 660s? You said "660" but your link is for the 660s.
If you currently don't have an add-in video card, you could install one in the PCI-e x16 slot on the motherboard. I suspect the 660s requires a LOW-PROFILE card, but I'm not sure about the 660.
You can probably find a suitable add-in video card that supports 2 or 3 monitors. But, I don't see the "Intel Multi Display" option listed in BIOS setup for either the 660 or 660s. So that probably means the onboard video ports will be disabled when you install an add-in video card.
If you really need 4 monitors, you'd probably have to get an add-in card that supports 3 monitors and use a USB>{video} dongle for the 4th one, where {video} is one of the ports available on the monitor, eg USB>HDMI or USB>VGA, etc.

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Dear all,Currently in the market for new desktop for basic functions, plus camera and occasional digital video editing , and I want to combine monitor with watching TV, so therefore thought about getting a box with separate monitor - a BIG monitor, 23" at least - see loads of Philips LCD TVs out there with DVI inputs plus separate tuners - also seen a PC that appears to be well good value - a Philips MT2100 from PC World at 650ish without monitor - anybody with any thoughts out there?

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I have a 4 monitor setup, as a 2 by2 square, with 1 computer
A friend told me there is a way to access the monitors diagonally
or vertical with the mouse, but lost all info about the program.
Right now I have to move the cursor off the end to get to the next monitor
i.e they are only available serially.
So if any body has a solution, please let me know.
 

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Hi All,

I have just upgraded to 5 monitors, eventually to 8, how can I get the taskbar on each monitor, I have tried MultiMon, but I can only get the taskbar on 3 monitors. There's Ultramon and Display Fusion and Actual Tools who all cost, but free is better, anyone know a free method or program?

Phil.
 

Answer:Taskbar for multi monitors

UltraMon looks like the best tool for the job. Just tested the trial version, works great. But after quite a bit of Googleing, I could not find anything for free.
 

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I got a new 32" TV that is being used as a monitor. I want to set the 2 old 24" monitors each side of it, as a multi setup. So far, no probs as far as I can see. However, I want it to run so I can game over all 3 screens. I realise support is very light for this, but I wondered if anyone had any ideas.
The main 32 is running at 1920x1080, for which I am using a HDMI-DVI lead. I tried with a DVI/VGA, and it would go to 1600x1200. The 24s I had problems with before, so they will either be the same res, or lower, depending on how they are recognised.

If anyone has thoughts, let me know. Thanks
 

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Im interested in setting up a multi monitor setup.

My main monitor will be for gaming, and the other will be for web browsing/server admin clients.

Could i run one monitor off my GPU and the other off my Core i5's integrated GPU via the built in HDMI connector? or would this cause a confusion with windows?

the reason i ask is because i cant see my ATI 6950 handeling both BF3 and another monitor,

Answer:Multi monitors what would happen if..?

You could probably pull it off on just that card, but you would want the second monitor to be a smaller and if possible lower resolution model.

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