How do I maintain visual settings from a computer to a television?

Question

I'm running the new Windows XP Media Center Edition with the NVIDIA sound card. It has two outputs for two monitors from the same card using the clone feature in nView software from NVIDIA. Here is my problem: It is my intention to hook up the flat panel LCD and also connect my tv with an s-video cable. At this point, everything works fine but with one problem. I have set the resoultions separately for the two outputs. 1280 x something for the flat screen and the recommended 800 x 600 I think for the TV. Well, for some reason the tv output does not change and when the mouse is moved, the screen (on the tv) moves as well. The resolution is too big basically.

I figure there are two quick fixes to this, but not the correct way to ultimately fix the problem. 1.) When I want to see the images on the tv, I need to change the overall resolution to 800 x .... (This works) 2.) Install a separate video card for the TV.

Whew..... I think that about covers it. I have reviewed and tried all the recommendations I could reference with no luck, so I leave it up to you guys, the experts!! Perhaps it could be a good topic for the show this week since this type of setup has become more & more popular for the ultimate family entertainment experience!!

Thanks for your help!

Robert

Answer

This question was answered on May 10, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

You must switch from primary to secondary displays To do this:

-right click on your desktop

-click on properties

-click on settings

-click on advanced

-select your primary display by clicking "displays"

The blue "bullseye" button tab signifies the primary display, while the double window tab signifies the secondary display

Change your settings, and switch between them for best results.

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Posted by Eli of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on May 10, 2004