Dollars to donuts, you have it set up as an extended desktop, not mirrored displays. Change that (Google it if you don't know how) and I'll bet it will be more how you want.
I am trying to use a Dynex DX32-10A as a seperate monitor for a Gateway 6020GZ. The Dynex shows the Windows background but does not show the desktop icons or the internet windows that come up. It is an older unit with an Intel Celeron M/ 1.39 GHz 504MB. Is there anyway that I can get the icons to show on the Dynex to use it as a monitor?