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dual monitors, phantom third monitor

Windows XP, SP-3, 500 Meg memory, Nvidia video controler.

After a windows reload some programs pop up off the screen to the left and cannot be seen. The second montor is to the right. Both work and display fine. How can I eliminate this phantom third screen. If anyone thinks they might have a solution I can provide more details.

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Hmm, strange.

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Have you checked XPs Display Properties?


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phantom video display

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I am uncertain as to what you mean by XPs display properties. I enabled the second monitor with a right click on the background, clicking Settings, and using the settings there. Both monitors work fine. The problem is what I call a phantom display area. Windows pop up off screen and I cannot see them. The item is in the task bar a the bottom of the screen but not visible. The cursor will move off screen and seems to keep on going, but I cannot tell how far.

If MS Word pops up off screen, I can right click its icon on the task bar, then click Move, then without moving the mouse, left click. That seems to grab the Word window and I can drag it to the right and it appears. But when I do a Find from within Word, the Find window does not have an entry on the task bar so I cannot grab it. Some times I can type blind and get what I want, but other times I cannot use the find box.

Does all that get us any closer?

Thank you.

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Display Properties is the same as

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right clicking the Desktop and selecting Properties.

You mentioned "the item is in the Taskbar at the bottom of the screen". What item? Or do you just mean any application window's Taskbar icon?

I'm not technical so I probably can't help much, but these are my thoughts;

1] Monitor leads.

How is this dual-monitor system set up? Have connecting leads been swapped around somehow?

2] That re-install of Windows XP.

How did you do that, and did you ensure the motherboard drivers and video card drivers were installed as well?

3] What screen resolution are you using?

What happens if you try a higher resolution?

4] The Nvidia video controller.

Does Nvidia have a control panel, (probably in system's Start menu > Control Panel), and if so, have you examined that?

5] Finally, have a look at Microsoft's guidance in the link below. Did you set up the dual monitors the same way?


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