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loss of restore points when swithcing monitor modes

by whitecap / May 25, 2005 7:46 AM PDT

I am experiencing a loss of my rerestore points when I detach my external monitor from my laptop and use it in it's "solo" configuration.

I like to set restore points where my desktop, [with the external monitor attached in dualview mode, Nvidia], and other subtle preferences are set and easy to restablish when I reattach the external monitor. On several occassions the restore points created both by me and windows dissappear from the catalog of choices [dates/points] when in the laptop only configuration. Further thay do not reappear, which makes sense, when the external monitor is reattached.

I do CAD work and have to take my laptop to clients frequently and then "setup" my office/desktop setup with the external monitor reattached, which I really need for comfortable working space, all over again when this glitch happens. Under ideal circumstances the restore points will make this transition virtually effortless.

Any ideas how to correct this behaviour would greatly be appreciated.

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Why not use
by AussiePete / May 25, 2005 11:45 AM PDT

try different hardware profiles:-
control panel/system/hardware - then hardware profiles
just setup a hardware profile for each configuration
export your settings to a file by using "file and transfrer wizard" just import when you need to change.
Let us know if it works

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hardware profile vs. system restore
by whitecap / May 26, 2005 12:41 AM PDT
In reply to: Why not use

Hey Pete,

Thanks for the tip! I was not aware of the hardware profile or it's capabilities before, and honestly, not sure just how it works..........

Does the hardware profile indeed interpret all of the settings for ALL hardware running AND connected at the time you set it, AND save those settings? [and or rename it], .......and if so how does it do that without some input from me?

One question: It asks if this is a portable computer, which it is but when using the ''?'' icon over that check box it implies wether it is in a docking station, which I dont use, so how would I answer that question?

I'll give it a shot. I've got a meeting this morning with the laptop only and then I'll be returning and ''reconnecting''.

I'll check back in and post the results.

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Subtle changes
by AussiePete / May 26, 2005 1:16 AM PDT

Not sure I can help you there as you have only touched on what actual "subtle" changes you have to make - you haven't said if they are hardware or software related changes. I suggested hardware profile because your changes are as a result this. Any desk top changes I was hoping may happen as a flow on effect - default changes if you like.
One other thing, in Nvidia you can also set up different user profiles and active desktops which are design for this purpose - so with the 3 types of things I have suggested I am hoping this will be a preferable way than a restore point.
By the way if your restore points are disappearing you maybe running out of disk space or you need to increase the % restore uses.
On a personal note, I am interested why you lug your computer around - I am a structural engineer and still find the old paper printout by far the most practical way - unless I need to do something like a 3D walk through - which is extremely rear. I suppose I am asking in around about way what line of work you do - presume architecture or graphics design.

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pilot error or
by whitecap / June 3, 2005 12:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Subtle changes

Hey Pete,

Sorry i didn't get back I've been slammed with work and, and....

I guess I'm being sort of vague in an exact area. The changes basically are setting up to daulview daul monitor mode, most other changes are palette specific in programs.

I didn't have any luck with the hardware profile, but only tried once. There didn't seem to be any changes in the available profiles after I attempted to create a new and separate one. [this was while in daulview mode], then when opening in laptop only mode same results, so I thought it best not to "mess araound" with something I didn't really understand how it was intended to work and what it was or wasn't doing. The Nvidia profile settings are limited in their control, for my situation, anyway, it seems. This may have something to do wtth the oreder in which I connect the aux monitor and then ask for a return to a profile. [or pilot error, I am using hot rod drivers fro Laptops2go ] Problem is I am trying to meet deadlines, work, all the while and there's only so much time I want or can spend in front of this monitor. I'm sure you can relate.....

I have the max allowed for memeory space for restore points as well, so there shouldn't be an issue there. As of now all restore points both custom and windows created are showing once again, but only ones created after my original post. And the restore option is what completelty works to get me back to a previous and desired "setup". So for now I live with it. This probably a Microsoft question, that I'll address on their free XP2 help line. [you know every problem must be related to XP2, especially if help is free, wink!]. My mystery continues...........

As far as lugging my laptop, and at 17" and 9+ lb.s it is indeed lugging, I prefer to take the "show" to the client most of the time. My office is crammed in my basement and far from professional in appearence. Plus I have more control over how long the meetings last this way and don't have to spiff up anything but myself! I do residential design work and the 3D is a big part of how I work and a bigger part of what the clients need to truly understand what the hell they're really getting. It IS the future of archtectural design and the future is here now.

over and out

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