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GeForce4 Ti 4200, dual monitors and tv-out problems

Question: GeForce4 Ti 4200, dual monitors and tv-out problems


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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Geforce 4 ti 4200 problem, need help.

I recently got a Chaintech A-GT20, geforce 4 ti 4200 128mb.
Sys info:
Dell 4400, P4 1.7, 256mb ram DDR.
motherboard is Intel 845PT
Windows XP
The video card DID NOT come with the Dell, it's an add-on.

Windows works great. Graphic quality is great. However, any game I play I have a stutter like effect that keeps happening. It appears to happen at certain intervals. It is almost a full pause is what it's like.

I've tried getting NVMAX and setting the AGP to 2x, the Intel option. I've tried other settings as well but to no avail.

One thing I've heard is that the power supply not being beefy enough could be a problem, but is it this kind of problem. The Dell's, per their web site, all come with 250watt power supplies. Unfortunately the one in my ssytem does not say on it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks in advance.

Answer:Geforce4 ti 4200, problems with gamimg

Hi jcs,

Welcome aboard.

Couple things I'd like to know: what drivers are you using? Have you changed drivers? What card & drivers did you have? Have you been to Win Update, Intel &/or Dell for any updates? You still using NVMAX?

I'd like you to run dxdiag.exe & see what version of DX you have & then click on the Display tab & see if Direct Draw & Direct 3D acceleration are enabled. Try the tests.

Suggestions: use the latest nVidia drivers & DX8.1 from M$. Try to make sure the former drivers have been deleted completely. Make sure you have all the XP updates too.

HTH & lemme know,

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Hi, I had this problem before and it was only a nuisance, now it's a real problem. I cannot set my display higher than 1024x768, although before I replaced the motherboard/reformated, I was able to. I just installed Need for Speed Underground 2, and I can't put it higher than 800x600, and setting the detail past the third notch crashes my system. I've only tried to play the game once, and it froze up during the first cut scene, and every time it switches screens, my moniter settings go all crazy. I have the latest drivers.

Answer:GeForce4 Ti 4200 display problems

bumpity bump

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Odd situation. I have two video cards a geforce4 MX 4000 and built in Intel Q965/Q963 installed in a HP dc5700 with 1GB of RAM running Win7 Enterprise fresh install. The onboard Intell has the latest drivers from HP and the nVidia I got working using the 81.98 forceware driver.

If I select the nvidia card as the main video card in the BIOS the display will show up on just one monitor (the one plugged in to the card), if I look in the device manager it sees both cards w/o errors yet I have no option for dual display, if I click on "detect" it finds nothing. Also all the nvidia software runs fine.

However if I select the onboard card as the default then the display goes on just it's monitor but this time in device manager the nvidia card has the "windows has stopped this device because it has reported problems (code 43)" message and obviouly no option for dual monitors.

It would seem both drivers and monitors are working since they work independantly, it's just that Windows7 doesn't seem to want them to play together. Also this situation worked fine when pc was WinXP

Any suggestions other then a new video card.

Answer:dual monitors with old geforce4 mx 4000


GeForce 4 series of cards can not work on Windows 7. Maybe with XP driver, but you definitely will never have the Aero interface available.

Sounds like you seriously need to upgrade your hardware to run Windows 7.

If you want to alleviate the error code 43, you'll need to find some chipset driver update and/or bios update. Not likely.

So not only do you need a new video card, you need a whole new system (if you can not update the chipset drivers for the mainboard.)

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Ordering a new system from Dell. Video card choices are the 4600 or the 4200. My son and I are enthusiastic but not obsessed gamers (FPS & RTS mostly).

Question: Considering the $230 price difference, are the performance differences marginal or dramatic enough to warrant the extra dollars? What degree of difference is there?

Also, will the 128MB card carry us further into the future than the 64MB 4200?

I know "answers" here are relative and subjective, but much appreciation for opinions.

*** Dell doesn't offer the Geforce4 4400 card.

Answer:Geforce4 Ti 4600 vs. Geforce4 Ti 4200

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Question: GeForce4 TI 4200

I just acquired a geforce4 ti 4200 agp video card today and at first it seemed alright. Any time I try to test the functionality of the card it'll go fine until it starts teesting the 3d graphics. At that point it'll freeze and i'll have dots all over the screen. Could this be flawed settings, or just the card its self may be bad?

Answer:GeForce4 TI 4200

Card could be bad. Make sure that the driver for that card is up to date

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Question: GeForce4 Ti 4200

Can anyone help please. I have a Carrera 253 CB 60 gig HD 512 Ram and it has a GeForce4 Ti 4200 with 64Mb memory graphic card. Problem is that I cannot play games the mother board is an Asus P4S533-E which supports 4x APG and it is set at that in BIOS but the properties say that Bus APG is 2x should this card support 4x or is the 2x correct. Pc keeps crashing after about 15 mins I have checked for the latest drivers and BIOS updates but now I'm completely stuck any advice would be welcome.

Answer:GeForce4 Ti 4200

What make and model is the graphics card. I have just done a bit of research and you are right by saying the mobo supports 4xAGP

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I posted a question once before about this questionable card, but this is from another angle.

I have a GeForce4 MX 440 64mb and it works fine. On the otherhand I have a GeForce4 TI 4200 64mb that I Acquired from someone, but when it starts doing something with the 3D part of the card it freezez and you have to restart. So far it only happens when I run a diagnostic on the card, and no other time. I AM NOT A GAMMER, I just use it for video, with that being said any suggestions on which card I should use? Is there a big difference betwee the two if your not playing 3D games? I don't know a whole lot about video cards so any input would be helpful.

Answer:Geforce4 MX 440 or TI 4200

Try updating the drivers.

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Question: GeForce4 TI 4200

Any idea on the power requirements? My brother is buying a new system and its only got a 250 W power supply. I would feel more confident if it wasn't that it had so much stuff already plugged into it like the 2 CD drives and stuff, I haven't ever put a small power supply into a computer running a card that fast, and I after hearing that the 6800 recommends a 470W power supply I'm curious what the minimum for the older card is. Anybody know what the power requirement is?

Answer:GeForce4 TI 4200

With the GF4Ti, that system needs at least 312W from the PSU, according to this online power calculator, so 250 doesn't even come close. Even without the card (subtract 30W), it still doesn't fly.

I would strongly recommend against buying that system.

1. Anyone that would design a system with a 250W PSU is trying to cut corners. If they'll cut that corner, what other corners have they cut? From the description:

Make sure all components are the lowest cost for an acceptably high standard of qualityClick to expand...

"Lowest cost" can never equate to a "high standard of quality" IMO.

2. Except for the CPU, you have no idea what brand of components they're using. Motherboard, RAM, hard drive, optical drives, PSU, etc. are all an unknown quantity.

3. Small case: only two spare PCI slots and 1 free drive bay. Also, cooling fans aren't even mentioned. Might run hot, esp with that CPU.

4. For that price, you could put together a much better system yourself.

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moved computer across the room today, setup and boot, and wont boot past winXp scolling blue bar screen with geforce in, had to throw a voodoo3 from the closet in to get it to boot,(it was running fine before i moved it) what could cause a card to lock up the system like that every time? is there any way to fix the card? could it be a card bios issue?... im sure more info was needed to help diagnose the problem but i dont know what info to provide, please tell me

Answer:GeForce4 Ti 4200 issues

If you just moved it across the room I'd double check that it was plugged in good first.
If not the problem I'm sure someone more knowledgable then I am on..They will fix you up

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So I am wondering how to get aero to work with this old video card.
i know its an old POS but its all i have for the moment.
i searched the forums for ppl with similar issues, and was told, and did, install the 72.30 drivers, and they work for directx at least, which is better than beforehand, when i got the blue screen of death whenever i tried to access directx.
now i'm trying to get aero to activate.
my score is a 1.9 for graphics on the windows index, is that just too low?

Answer:Geforce4 Ti 4200 > Aero

It is pretty low...

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I have a KDS 19" VS-190is monitor and a pny geforce 4 ti4200 vid card....for some reason they don't want to work together. I get no posting to the monitor at all. The video card works fine however and I'm using it now on another monitor. I emailed pny tech support and this is the response I got........................

There is a known issue with our GeForce4 line and KDS monitors. The problem is after several minutes the monitor goes black or you get no signal at all. The resolution for this is to break off a pin on the cable. This is from KDS themselves. Before performing this PLEASE check KDS to verify the correct pin to remove and to make sure that you don't void their warranty on the monitor.


I there any way you could help me find out which pin I need to remove or where to find out? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


Answer:geforce4 ti 4200 and KDS monitor

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I've seen many of these down at CompUSA for $79.99 after all them rebates, but since I'm quite unfamiliar with the manufacturer, can anyone care to give any opinions as to quality?


Answer:Mad Dog Raptor GeForce4 Ti 4200 64 MB

I haven't heard of the company either, but if Nvidia is allowing them to make the GeForce and use the GeForce name, I would think that it is atleast decent.

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I just upgraded my Dell Inspiron 8500 to the GeForce4 4200 Go. I had installed all of the video drivers that dell had for said video card on said system but when I booted up, the computer booted normally, but on the Windows XP welcome screen the image was completely distorted. Got Help?

Answer:GeForce4 4200 Go problem

Try using the latest driver for your card from the Nvidia website instead.

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i already own a leadtek ti4200 64mb card but have seen an inno 3d fx5200 128mb card on ebay for £67 , when 6 months ago my card cost me £120 does this mean the 5200 is pants , can anyone advise if it would be an upgrade or not to switch to a 5200 ?

Answer:geforce4 ti 4200 or fx 5200 ?

I wouldnt buy from ebay for that price, because you can get it new for just £70.In my opinion, the FX5200 is probably better, and it doesnt use a fan either, but it isnt that much of an upgrade from the Ti4200.If you want a good card, look at the amazing price of this FX 5600 click hereThis costs about £300 in other places, so I dont know why its so cheap.

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I have recently had trouble with my graphics card. It started while I was playing an online game, DAOC. After playing for 15 minutes or so, my screen suddenly was covered by white dots. I was still able to move the cursor around, but other than that the computer seemed to be frozen. I was forced to manually turn off the computer.

Since then I have tried restarting the computer several times. Each time the screen has white vertical lines running across it, and the computer often reboots itself halfway through the initial login. When it does finally boot up to the desktop it is again covered in white dots and lines, and I am unable to do anything other than manually shut it down.

I have tried starting it in Safe Mode and have gotten to the destop successfully, however the white vertical lines are still there. From Safe Mode I have downloaded the most recent drivers, as well as, the original drivers with no difference in results.

Any ideas on what is going on and what the solution may be? If you need more info I'd be glad to post it.


Answer:Nvidia Geforce4 ti 4200 trouble

I am very amateur at this tech stuff, but from what Ive heard it doesnt sound like the graphics card or its drivers are the problem.

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I have used this card for FFxi for 2 years now and did not have a problem with video lag. I recently bought a new MB (Abit KU8 model), hardrive, more memory. I had to reinstall FF and I got the latest drivers for the video card (81.98 Forceware version) the video Bios version reads I have windows XP service pack 2, DirectX 9.0 or better the processor is AMD athlon 64 3700+. I am having VERY bad video lag in populated areas of the game to the point it is almost impossible to play. Everything in my computer is supposed to be better, yet it is even more video lag than before. Can somone help me out as to what I should try? Is it possible that this driver is not going to work for me? I even updated to the latest BIOS on my MB. HELP ME OUT! ; ;

Answer:Geforce4 Ti 4200 driver problem?

The latest drivers are not really meant for such an old card. the best thing to do would be to go to the card makers site and download the last set of drivers they have listed for that card.

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on my Dell Latitude D800 it has a video card
the name of it is GeForce4 4200 and I cant
make it play a video on it like I saw on a
custom built compaq computer at compusa
a few mins ago and I ask the computer
tech there and he told me to download
the latest direct x version so I did
and it still didnt work? Any Help

Answer:GeForce4 4200 Video Card Help

ummm, are you using media player, real player, winamo etc?

Also get:

download the free version, it has some importan codecs in it.

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when watching movies with my video card.. if I hook it up to the tv I can see the desktop and everything but for somereasons were the video is it is just black.. can anyone help me with this ? I got it to show like once but like all the time the screen where the video should be is black and everything else shows perfectly

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GeForce 4 TI Serries Help Please!!

Hi I need some help I plan on asking for a TI4200 card for my birthday on April 17th my question is will it be out at that time? or should i just ask for the $200 and save for the extra $$ for a TI4400 (which i really really want to avoid being the fact if i herd right its $299??) Well so if anyone could help me and leme know if the TI4200 will be out at that time.... Thnx guys or at least were I could get a TI4400 for a reasonable price of 260 or less : ( thanx again...


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Answer:GeForce4 TI 4200, release date?

GeForce4 boards hit retail shelves
by Julio @ 5:04 PM - [Comments]
Even though GeForce4 MX boards have been available for a few weeks now, Titanium boards have only been available through pre-order programs, NVIDIA announced today that all GF4 based boards should be hitting store shelves this week.

Add-in card companies manufacturing products based on GeForce4 GPUs include: 3Dpower, ABIT, Anextek, AOpen, AsusTEK, Chaintech, Creative Labs, ELSA,, Gainward Co. Ltd., Leadtek Research, Inc., MSI, Palit, Pine Technologies, PNY Technologies, Prolink, Sparkle and Visiontek, Inc.Click to expand...


Although Nvidia doesn't list a 4200 anymore, just 4400 and 4600.
Asus, Leadtek and Gainward also only have these cards listed at their sites.

3ds pricegrabber
XTASY GeForce4 TI4400 AGP 128MB DDR 3D/TV Video Card
(VisionTek) - (30001524) $263.54

You could also check popular online retailers like and check for the cheapest prices available.

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I have a really big problem enabling AGP 4X on my system. i have installed the latest drivers from both VIA and Nvidia. When i did install the VIA 4 in 1 drivers, it did enable AGP 4X but whenever i would play a game, it would freeze up. My motherboard is ASUS CUV4X-E. i'm running windows XP, installed Nvidia 41.09 drivers. DirectX 8.1 Also i wanted to know if a low power supply could affect anything? i have upgraded my system several times and recycled the power supply which i believe is 150w max.

Answer:Gainward Geforce4 Ti 4200 & VIA Chipset

OMG YES!! get an new PSU ASAP! That can cause serious problems that low. Get at least at 350w PS.

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HELP! I have NO clue what is going on. I bought a new desktop PC (a custom build at a local pc store) about 18 months ago. The monitor is a Samsung SyncMaster 955DF. I'm running Windows XP Professional on a Pentium 4 2.40 GHz with 512MB RAM.

The display driver is an NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 with AGP8X.

Within the past 60 days, the monitor flickers, draws weird colors on screen, goes black for 5-10 seconds before restoring, etc. I can only run it in a few modes for it to be readable. I am currently running it in 800 x 600, because that's about the only thing I can read! I get weird distortions, etc. when I try to run in a higher mode, although it has worked fine up until 2 months ago.

I am somewhat of a novice (definitely not a techno-geek), and don't know what to do! Can anyone help?
1. Is my screen bad?
2. Is my driver bad? (can't find any updates at NVIDIA website)
3. Do I have a card, or a motherboard that is bad?

As you can tell, I'm pretty much lost!

Thanks in advance for any help you can give!

Answer:NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200 Driver Problem

All the above are possible.

Does it do it in Safe Mode or not?

What is the driver version you are using and have you tried another?

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Ok this may seem like a stupid post but I'm not any sort of genius when it comes to computers.


Currently I'm using the Nvidia GeForce4 MX 440, it works fine.
I just got a vid card from a friend, which happens to be an Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4200, from what I heard, a fairly decent upgrade.


I did the whole uninstalling of old drivers and installing 'new' drivers, yet, when I plug the card in and turn my computer on, the screen's all messed up and colors are flying everywhere and it looks like I bashed an LCD screen with a bat or something. I was confused as to why it would do such a thing when, as I thought, I had installed the new card correctly.


I am wondering whether this 'new' card may indeed be 'burnt out'.
How can you tell if a card is burnt out, is there any way to fix it, and, and regardless to whether it is burnt out or not, could someone kindly explain to me the proper way to install a video card (I know the whole plugging-it-in deal, but I get a bit lost with the drivers and updates, so perhaps that's why it's not working?).

Help will be greatly appreciated, thanks.

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Hi Guys...?First of all i have to excuse me for my bad English?. I am just finish with my new AMD Athlon computer that i have build from scratch, but i can´t get this computer to start and showing anything on my monitor at all, i dont know if it is because i have try to installing this older video card from my other computer or what the problem can be. My video card is a Ms-StarForce Geforce 4 Ti 4200 128MB DDR SDRAM AGP TV-Out DVI Retail this card works with no problem on my older computer (which have an MSI K7T Turbo motherboard socket A ) When i try to use this card from my older computer an put this in my new computer then i can`t get this new computer to show anything at all on my monitor, only ?invalid sync? is coming up on the screen. I don´t know if the voltage on this videocard are wrong (3.3v) or what the problem can be, this new Motherboard:MSI K8T Neo2-Fir are supporting only 1.5v. The videocard does fit on this newer AGP slot (AGP 3.0) but can it be that this card is to old? This video card is about 3 years old and perhaps running on 3.3volt, i don´t know about that? can any who knows about this problem help me solving this main problem? Do i have to buy a new videocard before this motherboard vill accept it? Hope you understand my problem and what i have try to explain to you. Reseting the cmos or removing the battery doesn?t solving this problem it must be wrong voltage on the video card i think? I am sure that many user`s have the same problem.Th... Read more

Answer:Problem with my new MSI K8T Neo2 Fir socket 939 and my older MSI-Geforce4 Ti 4200

Power Management

I have a MSI K8T-Neo2 and had a similar problem with my video. I tried all sorts of video setting with the AGP, fastwrite, apature size, etc.

One thing I noticed was if I turned on my computer, then immediately hit the reset switch, the display would work fine.

Since I'm also having some issues with my video card, I didn't figure it out until I put my old card in and it did the same thing.

What I did:
Under the power management (PM), I put PM in set it to S3/STR, and enabled the "Call VGA BIOS at S3 Resuming" option. I also had to set "Wake Up by PS/2 Mouse" to "S3/S4/S5".

I'm not saying this will work for you, but when I boot the computer, I get my display.


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I built this computer about a month ago, and Yet again i put it aside because there was a problem...Everything is in and should be in working order but Nothing shows up on the monitor ive tryed 2 different Videocards (fx5500,7100gs) and neither worked, so then i decided to send back the Motherboard and processor to check for defects and nothing found So im left with this computer that seems to start up fine, no post beeps and nothing showing up on the monitor.Also theres no OS installed on it.

The monitor reads that its connected but nothing shows up at all.

Amd Athlon 4200 Dual Core Processor
Asus M2V motherboard
1gb Wintec PC4200
Chaintech 7100Gs
Sony 18x DVD writer
Western Digital 60gb

Answer:New COmputer Problems...AMD Athlon 4200 Dual

you did not mention your PSU. Is your PSU healthy and reliable? Does it provide adequate power plus 30% cushion?

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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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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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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 It's the best dual display app I've ever found and I use it myself all the time.

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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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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 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 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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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.


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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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!

Answer:Dual Monitors and Sound Problems

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

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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 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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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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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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As the topics aid above ,I have a problem with dual monitor via HDMI.

I want to connect my laptop to the second monitor via HDMI cable.

I can connect it with out any problem but the the second is display Not optimus , recommend 1600*900 60Hz

And the font in the second in second is very blur and it have some cross line on the screen (Not the monitor problem)

I tried to change the second monitor display to the recommend setting but it not working.

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As the topics aid above ,I have a problem with dual monitor via HDMI.

I want to connect my laptop to the second monitor via HDMI cable.

I can connect it with out any problem but the the second is display Not optimus , recommend 1600*900 60Hz

And the font in the second in second is very blur and it have some cross line on the screen (Not the monitor problem)

I tried to change the second monitor display to the recommend setting but it not working.

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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.

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 :-)


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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 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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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



Answer:Dual Monitors problems ater updating SiSandra and GPU drivers


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Hey everyone.

I recently (not so recently) bought a 4200+ as an upgrade to my existing 3200+. the a8v-e says it supports dual core cpu's with a bios update. as such i did. Now it reads as dual core but with 1 core not doing anything. and when i ctr+alt+del it shows only 1 cpu in cpu usage chart which isnt right. I have tried talking to asus but the people over phone dont speak a word of english and the forum system tells me to go away.

Any help would be great

Answer:A8v-e deluxe and 4200+ dual core

I think you got a defective CPU. Your board is interesting because it has all kinds of over clocking features...but... it uses older 400, 333, and 266 mhz ram. socket 939 handles many processors. Athlon 64 FX and the X2. It will recognize your dual core CPU anytime. Why not jack it up to the fastest that will fit?

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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've been trying to find out how far i can push the amd athlon 64 x2 dual core 4200+ running at 2.2GHz on a ECS C51PVGM-GB Version 1.0 Motherboard.

I attached the complete specs i got through running dxdiag in command prompt.

I really dont kno where to even start with overclocking this CPU so whatever anyone could do would be much appreciated.....:grinthumb

Answer:Help overclocking my Athlon 4200 64 dual core

How far you can push a CPU depends on a myriad of factors. Your cooling system. The CPU architecture. The CPU manufacturing process. Whether you are willing to overvolt or not. And often, luck.

dxdiag won't provide you with any of that information. You should use CPU-Z to get that information and then determine what options your motherboard has available to you for altering things like the FSB speed, HTT link speed and divider, et cetera.

Brush up a bit on the CPU itself first before you mess with it.

The ECS board won't provide you much room for altering anything anyway, as it is designed to be an entry level board with not a lot of option.

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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!


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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Hallo, i've had this computer since about late 2005, and i'm wanting to overclock it but i don't know exactly how far i can go with it, i'm not wanting to go overboard just give it abit of a boost.

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ 2.2GHz

And as far as my computer, here's all of the specs Directly from the HP Site.

i'm currently running on: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (build 2600)

2 Sticks of RAM: 1 Gig DDR2 400Mhz CL3
= 2 Gigs of Ram.

Basically i'm wanting to know how far i can take it(i'm only looking at taking it to maybe 2.5 tho) And what settings i have to put in, Also i have upgraded to a 500W Power Supply And my Graphics card is: GeForce 9800 GTX

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So I just ordered an 8800gts to replace my 7800gts in Vista x64. I was wondering if keeping it and running my secondary monitor off of it would alleviate the stress aero puts on the video card when running dual monitors and gaming and increase my performance. Would I be better off keeping the 7800gts for the second monitor? Is this even possible?

Answer:Dual Video cards, dual monitors, and Vista game performance

It is certainly possible, you can use both cards at the same time, assuming your mob supports it.

I doubt if you'll see a huge increase in gaming performance, as aero essentially shuts itself off when needed (gaming), but it won't hurt anything either.

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i have 2 ati radeon hd 4850's. right now they are connected with the crossfirex bridges and i'm only using one monitor and running crossfirex. i'm thinking of getting a second monitor for better gaming/seeing more stuff in flight sim X.

what i can't find is how to use 2 monitors with 2 cards. do i remove the crossfirex bridges and connect one monitor per card, or do i keep the crossfirex bridges and connect both monitors to the first card, still running crossfirex?


Answer:dual graphics cards, dual monitors, ati crossfireX

I would just connect the 2 monitors to the one card and then extend the desktop using either desktop properties or Catalyst control center.

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"GeForce4 FX 5200 Ultra" vs "GeForce4 Ti 4400" what 1 is better?

I would like to get some opinions on what 1 u would pick and why.

Answer:GeForce4 FX 5200 Ultra vs GeForce4 Ti 4400

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I have recently brought the Geforce4 MX 420 graphics card. I have installed the newest driver for it but it appears to have a problem. When it changes automatically from my regular screen area of 1024x768 to 640x480 or 848x480 so that it can play a game t,he screen will apear off center. In most games i can fix this by changing the screen area of the game to 1024x768 and it will be alrite but some of my older games dont have this option so the screen wil always stay off center when playing. Any ideas how to fix it.

Answer:Geforce4 MX 420 problems

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im looking round... i guess this is a pretty problematic card

Anyway, i play counter strike 1.6, counter strike source, and battlefield 1942 alot (HL2 when i finish downloading it =P). I have the 128MB version of this card, and a friend i have has the 64mb version. His computer has the same specs as mine, but .2GHz slower, the 64mb gfx card and a different sound card.
in counter strike 1.6, i get 60fps max.

I'll be looking at my fps while i'm playing, and it is hovering at 59.8/.9 and 60.0. I've done fps_max 100, but it doesnt help. My friend who has the 64mb card gets 100+fps. I have all the new drivers, and my CS resolution is 800x600
(Yes i know i have too little RAM... that'll be fixed soon)

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I'm using Windows 7 and have only generic display drivers(Vga). My rig is very, very old. My onboard IGP is Geforce4 MX. How can I install nvidia drivers to make it work under win 7? I've been downloading suggested forceware drivers but to no avail. I'm really frustrated.I do have the suggested files(70,80,90 series forceware). My problem is installation.

Any ideas?

Answer:Geforce4 MX Driver problems

Nvidia no longer provides any driver for MX4 series
There is nothing you can do but to stick with the standard VGA driver

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I had installed game on my computer they owrked fine now the video won't work I have removed them and reinstalled my nvidia now i can't do updated i get error code 80070103 and i cannot play the games can anyone help me

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Ok for at least a half a year now I been trying to get my video card, which is a Gforce4 MX440, to go 8x. I know its not the greatest but it was cheap. It says it may run at 8x but for some reason it wont go beyond 4x. I have updated the drivers. Nothing. Some friends told me there should be a jumper setting on the video card but I have found none. But a little history on the video card. When I first got it (Didn't know much about computers then) I tried to put it in my current computer which was a POS P3 400mhz. Its AGP was 4x. Couldn't get it to work. My friend installed it for me, worked fine. Then I got a newer computer. Still was an AGP 4x. Then about 6 months ago I built a new computer that came with an AGP 8x. I used a utility that showed me my statistics of my computer. It says it supports 8x but the video card is only running at 4x. One of my questions is, Is there a jumper setting that needs to be set on the video card or the motherboad to fix this problem. Or have I ruined my video card to where I may only run at 4x? If you need the statistics of my computer let me know. Its a long list but it gives you details in everything.

Answer:GeForce4 MX440SE Problems

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My Geforce4Ti4600 properties says its in PCI slot 1, but it's in the agp slot which makes no sense, and it also says I am using DirectX 8.1, but I have 9.0a. Would these problems affect it at all because it's been locking up when I play games?

Answer:Geforce4 and DirectX Problems

The pci slot 1 is normal, all do it, don't worry about that.

You may want to reinstall directx 9 and your video drivers and give it a shot

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I just downloaded the latest drivers for my Geforce4 Ti4200, and now every time the computer turns on I get an error message saying:

Error loading nview.dll

A dynamic link library (DLL) initialization routine failed.
How can I fix this?

Answer:Geforce4 driver problems.

You might try running;

Then reinstall the driver.

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every now and then when i restart my computer, i get major glitches, sometimes the monitor wont come on, sometimes i get scrammbled symbols on the screen that last untill power it off. any ideas?

Answer:Geforce4 MX 440SE Problems

Has this just started to happen? If it has what has changed hardware wise in the computer? You may want to make sure that the Video card is seated correctly in the slot and that if it has a fan that its working. You may want to pull the card out and then put it back to make sure there's good contact.

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Hey, I'm having trouble with my Geforce4 MX 440 w/ AGP8X driver. I have had the card since last August or so and everything ran well with it up until now. I just upgraded my OS from Windows Me to Windows XP Home. I had my HDD formatted and then I installed XP. After I got XP set up, I downloaded the newest driver from Nvidia's site. During installation, my screen blacked out a few times, but I'm sure that's normal. Once the driver was finished with installation, I rebooted as I was supposed to. After the logo screen, the screen went blank. I pressed some things on the keyboard and such and I heard the default sound when logging on a user. This tells me that my computer is working fine but the video card is not. I reset and ran the computer in VGA mode and I noticed something in my taskbar stating that my computer was running in a very low resolution. I clicked on it to fix it as it told me to, but my computer reset itself. Before it reset, though, it flashed a blue background with a bunch of white text. This wasn't the same kind of text nor format as a BSOD, though. Any ways, I reboot my computer in VGA mode once again and I noticed that little thing in the tray again. I didn't click it this time. Instead, I right clicked my desktop and went to properties. When I went to the rightmost tab (Settings), my computer did the same thing as before; it flashed some blue screen and reset. The third time I loaded my computer in safe mode and I uninstalled ... Read more

Answer:Problems with Geforce4 Driver

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I have a Matsonic motherboard with AGP 4X and a Geforce 4 mx 440 with AGP 8X. After I install the video card and the drivers for it ( i tried the lates detonator 44.23 ) and after restarting the computer the screen goes black like when it's on stand-by.
I tried different drivers for it but still nothing. To enter in windows i have to start the computer in safe mode and uninstall the detonator driver. After this there is no problem. It enters in windows it's finding mt graphic adapter but with it's one drivers. If i try to change the resolution the problem apears again ( the screen goes black after 3-4 sec). To reenter in windows i have two choices: Safe mode and uninstall the device; To enable vga mode.
I've tested the gf4 with another computer and it's working.
I don;t noe if it's of any help: I have Lg Studioworks 563n monitor

Answer:Problems with my geforce4 mx440 agp8x

i've had some problems with the newer detonator drivers too. stick with the drivers that came with your vidcard. i remember there was one fairly old but stable detonator driver for my PNY gforce4 mx440SE, i can't remeber the version number but i think on is where i found a copy of it.

if your card works fine with the drivers that came with it you should not try to upgrade it unless you have only the default generic winxp drivers

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I recently purchased GeForce 4 MX 440 128mb DDR AGP 8X

My motherboard is a Gigabyte 7DXE. AMD Athlon 1900+ CPU and 512Mb RAM.

When I insert the card, plug in the monitor and startup, my monitor goes to suspend mode after about 3 seconds of displaying nothing.

What am I doing wrong? How do I make it work?


Answer:GeForce4 MX440 install problems

The Voltage of the board is 1.6 - 1.7 Volts. I'm not sure what the card is. No beeps at startup... It seems everything but the monitor is working. All the components inside the case are wroking fine. Thanks for your help.

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Hi Folks,Can anybody help me with a problem I seam to be having with my graphics card and Windows XP (home edition). Every so often without no worning Xp throws up a blue screen saying it has found a problem with the following file nv4_disp.dll, also with some error codes with relate to the service pack one with i have installed already, also i have installed the latest drivers from Nvidia but the problem still persists. My computers spec is: Amd Athlon 1800+ xp, Jetway V266b Motherboard, 748 Mb mem, 40 & 20 Gb hard drives, Saoundblaster Audiogy Sound card, and usually cd roms. I would appriciate any help to try and solve this problem.

Answer:Problems With GeForce4 MX440 With Windows Xp

And your power suply unit is 350 W or greater?

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After upgrading my system to a 3GHz P4 HT with an Intel 865PERL board I transfered my Geforce4 TI 4600 (Visiontek) and installed WinXP Pro SP2. The video card works, but the system refuses to detect it as a Geforce and only detects it as the default VGA card. If I try to install the NVidia drivers, they error out saying they couldn't detect a valid NVidia product. If I then install the drivers manually, selecting the TI 4600, the card works more fully but has serious performance and stability problems. The screen frequently flashes random artifacts from the card's memory, and in some games leaves a large perimeter of junk around the edges. Does anyone know of a way to get XP to detect this card correctly so I can get my system to work the way it should.



P.S. Replacement of the card is not an option.

Answer:Geforce4 TI 4600 dectection problems

Go to Intel's website:!

Download and update the BIOS to the latest version. Then enter the BIOS setup and set the Primary VGA device to AGP. Also if your Geforce TI 4600 is AGP 4X then set the AGP to 4X otherwise leave it at 8X. If your really not sure then set it to AUTO.

Next install the latest Intel Chipset Software and Intel Application Accelerator. Those two are important for performance and compatibility. You might as well also download the audio, LAN, and other drivers as well.

Now go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall any Nvidia drivers if listed. Also go to Device Manager and remove any driver under Display Adaptors. Reboot. If Windows doesn't have a built-in driver for the card it is normal for the card to be installed as a Standard VGA device. It also must be listed in Device Manager as a Standard VGA device or as a Geforce card or the driver will not install; that means you cannot cancel the Found New Hardware Wizard but rather click Next all the way through then click Finish regardless if it finds a driver or not.

Now try installing the latest Nvidia driver off the website, 77.77 I think is the latest.

If that fails then try an older driver from their archives like a 40 series driver.

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Geforce4 440mx question

I have a couple questions concerning the recently released GeForce4 440mmx. I have been experiencing nothing but trouble (my computer freezes randomly, esp. when I try to play ANY game) since I installed this card. I was using a Voodoo3 3000 AGP with absolutely no troubles. I upgraded to WIN XP at the same time I installed the card and performed a fresh install, so I know there arent any rogue 3dfx files causing my troubles. I've spent the last week scouring the net for answers, and I've learned that many others have had simliar problems. The problem I am having though, is that everyone also has a different cause/solution. I've read about the 'infinite loop' error and downloaded the NVMAX program with hopes to fix this, to no avail. I also read somewhere that the problem is that Windows isn't coded to run these cards at their stock speeds, so I tried lowering the speed and still the same thing. I'm at a total loss as to where to go now. (And yes, I've read your Nvidia guide, which is very well written I might add...of course, I'd like it more if I was able to solve my troubles with it ) Anyway, back to my questions...

Would taking this card back and paying the extra money for a highend Geforce3 be worth the time and trouble? and might this be a fix of sorts? or at least would changing to a GeForce3 make all this trouble I'm experiencing worth it?

and finally, should I scrap it all toge... Read more

Answer:Geforce4 440MX Problems/Questions

I can't really help you with your graphics card problem for I have only a GeForce 2 Pro so I haven't experienced your problems.

What I can tell you though is that changing to a GeForce 3 is a viable alternative. Personally I would give the G4 a little bit longer and try all the newest drivers available and some older ones to try and fix the problem. I've heard the new G4's are supposed to be really good and around 20% faster than current G3's.

However, a GeForce 3 by Leadtek or Gainward would be an awesome jump from your older VooDoo card I'm sure. It's really up to you on if you want the hassle of returning it and buying a new card.

I would keep with the G4 for a couple more weeks and try some different drivers, and see what happens.

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Okay I'm not sure if it's the drivers I have or what. Ever since I had to reformat and I installed my drivers my graphics card has been acting up. An example would be, when I'm playing PSO or L2....the graphics shift contstantly on my's weird to explain. I've tried all kinds of drivers and it has yet to fix the problem. I took a screen so maybe it would help those understand my situation.

If you look close enough you can see how the characters clothes does that a lot worse in game so it's hard to get a screen.

Answer:Having problems with Geforce Ti 4200

it is probably your ti4200 going bad. there were a large batch of those cards sold with defective capacitors. that is a fairly old card.

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I need some help here,
I am having issues with my graphics locking up on EA sports games like NHL 2004 and Madden 2004, everytime I start playing either of them I start having constant freezing every 30 seconds or so, I tried reformatting to no avail. So I think it is most likely a hardware problem. I have no issues with any other games and have used those 2 before with no issue at all for months since the releases. I have tried to use diferent drivers as well with no result. The problem seems to be isolated to just EA sprorts games. I am at a total loss here. I locks mostly when it is in a position where you are seeing detailed characters. when the cammera angles are farther away its fine. Like I said I have used both of these games for months at a time on this box and they worked great with very high settings. I also think its not my Prossesor because even though the graphics lock the music continues to play with absolutly no choppyness at all, It just locks the graphics. Someone please help!!!! I am dieing without Hockey in my life.

Athalon xp 2000
GeForce 4 ti 4200 64 Meg.
512 Corsair XMS 3200 in Dual Channel
Soundstorm Audio W/ 5.1 channel Destiny Speakers
100 GB WD ata 133
Lots of bells and whistles,
Gennerally does the tricks.

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I got a geforce 4 ti 4200 to play eq2. Well when i put it in and rebooted, I got lines down my computer screen at my welcome screen. At the windows screen as well. After going in and downloading the updated drivers for this card at nvidia's website, After i did so, half way through the download I got a black screen with red dots. So I rebooted only to get a blinking screen. The screen went black and then back to normal. All of the graphics such as desktop wall paper and such looked normal. After uninstalling the drivers, it went to normal with no blinking screen. But it was delaying the scrolling on my explorer. Its kind like the pictures and words were rolling down on top of one another to refresh the page. I need help, my boyfriend and room mate who know a good bit about computers, are puzzled as well. Plz help me!!! Thanx

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1.  Is this possible with built in Intel 4500 chipset. The t61's with Nvidia Chipsets did it.2.  Anyone know what settings need to be made to make it happen if it is possible? Thanks 

Answer:T500 Dual Advance Mini Dock and Dual monitors to display as single 2560X1024 display?

so you want each monitor to display at 1280 x 1024?

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I was wondering if anyone knew of a program that would allow a different screensaver for each screen. I currently use Mapped Up for all my computers (which is one of the coolest ones around), but would love to be able to use a different RSS ss or a network information ss on my second monitor to maximize the news shown.

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I now have two monitors set up on my computer. One is using the VGA output, and the other is plugged into a DVI to VGA convertor in the DVI port. I have a Radeon 9600 Pro video card and am running Windows XP Home.

What I want is to extend my taskbar across onto the second monitor. Even better than that would be to have a second, independant taskbar which displays only programs open on the second screen. The first screen's taskbar would show programs open and displayed on the first monitor.

Any ideas?

Answer:Dual Monitors, dual Taskbars?

Guess what I found?

Exactly what I was looking for

Actually, not exactly. I was hoping for a native Windows solution that doesn't require running another program to get the second taskbar.

I'll clarify my question: Is there a way to get a second taskbar on a second monitor using options or features found in Windows XP? Failing that, does anyone have any favourite programs they'd like to suggest?

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Can anyone please tell me how to set up another monitor to work with my laptop computer? I've made a little progress, HOWEVER...

I would then like to open my Excel Workbook that has 2 sheets. One sheet is constant data input into various columns using my laptop. In the second sheet, I have formulas which constantly updates the data within a formatted table that I would like displayed onto the external monitor.

My project is to hook the laptop monitor into an overhead flat screen tv using HDMI cable. Then, while sitting in a corner with my laptop entering data, the results would be constantly updated for the audience to see.


Answer:dual monitors / dual programs set up

Hello dunna, welcome to Sevenforums

With a laptop, (assuming you have an HDMI port), it shouldn't be too difficult. However, laptops are different. For example, mine, you plug in the secondary monitor, and there is a function key (Fn) that you press, and the corresponding key to change the output mode (for me, it is F1). It should let you choose how you want to display to the monitor. Test it out yourself to see, but if you can't find it, let us know. It helps if you provide the laptop type, so we can tell you the keys exactly

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Hi guys i have an old pc with a Geforce 4 Ti 4200 in it and im having several problems with it the first problem is that when i view a web page and scroll down a bunch of colored lines appear in the screen, do you guys have any idea what could be causing this?

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GeForce 4 ti 4200 driver/card problems, I think... help please...

I had aGeForce 2 mx 400 video card, but I replaced it with a GeForce 4 ti 4200. I am running XP home edition.

When I plugged in the new card and updated to the current driver on the nvidia site, I rebooted my computer, but when XP loads, I get a bad picture, just a bunch of colored squares all shaking and chaotic.

So I power off, restart and choose last known good configuration. XP loads, but none of my games will run and in device manager it shows my video card with a !

I tried to update it, it does the same thing.

Anyone familiar with this problem?

Answer:GeForce ti 4200 driver problems

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Hello, I'm having some strange problems with my graphic adapter, to put it short any application that uses 3d acceleration works for a short time then freezes..

A short history about the problem:

- had a Galaxy g4 mx 440 all worked fine
- had a Daytona g4 4200 wich broke (while I had this card I experienced rare short freazes from wich World of Warcraft came back, probably not related to my current problem, other 3d aplications worked fine, after installing it windows was formated)
- installed a Leadtek WinFast A170 DDR after 4200 broke and just reinstalled nvidias latest drivers, leaving windows unchanged
- all worked well for a while
- installed the graphic drivers provided by leadtek wich had amasing performance, and for a while all worked fine

After a while though I began to experience serious freazes, even games like Half Life (the first) froze after a short time of play, basicly any application using direct 3d or open GL froze, no matter how old or less demanding, chageing drivers only led to non permanent freazes , or less often ones but they still occur, I tried a wide range of drivers from almost the oldest detonators supporting mx440 to the latest forceweare drivers...

What is there to do, should I try a windows format? Is this card about to brake too? Does my motherboard brake cards?

My system:

AMD Sempron 2300+
Asus kt880 chipset motherboard
2 X 256 kingmax ddr 400 ram
segate serial ata 80 gb baracuda hdd
Windows XP sp2

Answer:3d problems - nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 (Leadtek WinFast A170 DDR)

Maybe you should test your memory/RAM

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I'm Having a problem with my Videocard, it works great playing Soldier of Fortune2 and Jedi Knight2 under Windows XP Pro, but i tried to play Max Payne and i receive an error message saying that i needed a directx 8 compatible card to play the game, in the nvidia's page, it says the the card is directx 8 compatible.

Anyone having a problem like this?

Any solution?

Answer:{RESOLVED}Problems with my nvidia geforce4 mx440 in Windows XP

HI Franckx

Welcome to TSG!

I found this info on the Max Payne support page:

Common Graphics Card Problems

If you get an error message saying "Max Payne requires a DirectX 8 compatible graphics card",
but you have a supported 3D accelerator, latest drivers and DirectX 8 installed, check that your Direct3D works in other games,
or by using "DXDiag" application that comes with your system (Run->dxdiag; select Display tab, click on "Test Direct3D". You should get a "Direct3D test results: All tests were successful." message).
If Direct3D does not work, there is something wrong in your system configuration. We recommend you reinstall latest DirectX and graphics card drivers and try again. If you still can't start Max Payne, make sure your desktop is in 16-bit color mode.


Unfortunately, your video card is not listed as being supported, but it should work, since yours is newer than the ones they list.

So I would go ahead with what they suggest and update the drivers for the card, and you might want to go ahead and get DirectX 9 while you're at it.

(I'm assuming your system meets the games specs to play?)

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Hello Forums, i have an acer travelmate 4200 and im trying to get the wireless drivers working, here is the drivers page i found, i tried a couple of the driver's, but i havent found any that work, could anyone help me?

Acer Support: Downloads & Support Documents - Notebook / TravelMate / TravelMate 4200

Answer:Acer Travelmate 4200 driver problems

Did you Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7?

Only 32 bit drivers are available from the Acer website probably because of the 4gb RAM limitation. If you have 4gb RAM and want to use 64 bit then we'll need to find the driver elsewhere.

Does it say in Device Manager exactly which model Network Wireless LAN device you have? If not then trace it using Hardware Identification, google or post back the exact make/model and we'll help you find the exact 64 bit driver. The 32 bit drivers are listed under Wireless LAN although you'll need to at least trace the make.

You can also plug it in by wire to see if an Ethernet driver loads automatically, then let Windows Updates find the other drivers, report back any missing after all Important and Optional Updates are done.

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I have problems with a Satellite pro 4200.
The Notbook reads no more disks. The drive assembly I exchanged ready, however did not function. The drive assembly is addressed, but it is to be read not possible disks or formatted. Also a Bios update is not possible, since the drive assembly reads no more disks.


Answer:Problems with disk drive assembly Satellite pro 4200

Hi Eltgen,

do you talk about a Floppy or CD Drive?

When it is a CD Drive you should check the jumper settings for Master and Slave!

By Tanya

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Question: 3 Dual Monitors

Hi all,

I'd like to run 3 DUAL monitors on my computer.

I used to use integrated graphics on my computer until recently, where i started using a video card
My video card has 2 outputs, so i can (have) two dual monitors right now.

I read in a article that when I plug in a new video card, the integrated graphics is disabled.
is there anyway i can enable the integrated graphics WITH the video card so i can have THREE dual monitors??

I have a AMD Athlon XP disc, with ATI Radeon 9550.


Answer:3 Dual Monitors

Let's think about this. Three dual monitors equal 6 monitors. Welcome!

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Question: dual monitors

hi everyone. I have a new laptop with 8.1 as an os. It is okay. I am trying to get xbox video tile to go to the second monitor.
I know I can duplicate the displays, but I would like to watch the video on my tv which is the 2nd monitor. Can one metro tile be moved to another display? Any assistance will be helpful. Thank you. deanie44

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Question: Dual monitors

ok i was planning on putting dual monitors up on my new pc (LCD) how do i hook them both up to my computer?

Answer:Dual monitors

Does your GPU have 2 outputs? For example, new graphics cards all have Dual DVI output. You just connect the monitors to the two outputs and set it up in your graphics settings (right click desktop->property->settings->advanced). I think if you don't have dual outputs for your GPU, you might need to actually have 2 GPUs, each outputting to one monitor.

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Question: dual monitors

every time i restart, my dual monitor cinfiguration messes up. i have them set out like this from left to right: 2, 1.

after a restart, the pc puts 2 on the right, so they do not join up correctly. i have to chnage it back every time i boot. if i hibernate, it is fine when resuming the session.

this hasnt always happened. it only seems to be doing it since i installed my wireless network, and have the internet.

its very annoying, and i would appreciate people's input on this matter.


Answer:dual monitors

update both drivers

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Question: dual monitors

i have two monitors using xp i love it and it works great but i can't get my screen savers to work on both?

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Question: Dual Monitors

I have 2 monitors. My main one is to my right and the other is to my left. I have to drag to my right inorder to go to the monitor on my left. I want to drag to the left where my second monitor is at? I don't seem to be able to do this can anyone help?

Answer:Dual Monitors

Right click an open spot on the desktop and select Resolution. Where it shows the monitors listed as 1 and 2, just drag the one you want to be on the left.

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Question: Dual Monitors


I have just hooked up a second monitor to my PC and its up and running fine.

I have the monitors set up in dual view and i just have a little question.

I have my left monitor set up as the primary and my desktop is been extended onto the next screen. But the tast bar is not been extended. So if i open a program and drag it accross to the next screem the program will stay in the tast bar in my left screen.. and that is a little anoying for me.

Is there a way i can get the task bar to span 2 screens?

Answer:Dual Monitors

I beleive it will stay that way...atleast is does for me, I never looked into as it wasnt that big of a deal for me...

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