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setting up dual monitors without main monitor

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  1. gib88

    gib88 Thread Starter

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    Hello,

    I'm trying to help a colleague setup dual monitors on her laptop. She wants to stop using the laptop monitor and let her desktop project onto a separate monitor, and in addition have a second monitor for the next screen.

    Her laptop is plugged into a docking station with several video ports. Both external monitors are plugged in.

    When I go into her display settings, I find that both external monitors are detected but only one seems to be enabled for projecting onto:

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    I need to know how to disable her main monitor (the one on the laptop) and enable both external monitors, one for projecting her desktop onto and the other for projecting a second screen.

    Here's her computer details:

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  2. TonyB25

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    With this config both external monitors aren't extended?
     
  3. gib88

    gib88 Thread Starter

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    No, monitor #3 is disabled (but recognized).
     
  4. TerryNet

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    This question will show my lack of knowledge in the area. :(

    Can any laptop use more than one external monitor, or does the laptop in question have a special graphics card that supports multiple external monitors?
     
  5. TonyB25

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    My question is are monitor #1 and monitor #2 working in dual or extended mode? Why does it matter if monitor #3 is enabled or disabled?

    To answer @TerryNet's question, most modern laptops can easily run dual external displays. No special hardware required.
     
  6. Triple6

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    While most modern laptops can run 2 monitors, not all can run three which is what is happening here. Or the third monitor needs to be connected with a Active DisplayPort adapter to run all three.

    To the O/P. You need to disable(Disconnect) the laptop LCD under the 'Screen Resolution" and then enable the second external monitor, then you should be able to use just the externals. Unless you need a DisplayPort adapter for that second monitor.

    What laptop, dock, CPU, and GPU does this laptop have?
     
  7. TonyB25

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    Really? I read it as 2 externals and the laptop display.

    I've used this setup on several laptops.
     
  8. Triple6

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    Yup, so that's three displays.
     
  9. TonyB25

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    3 monitors is not the same thing as 3 displays.

    This is a normal config. A laptop with 2 externals.
     
  10. Triple6

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    Well I'm not going to argue with you so I'll just wait for the OP to provide more info.
     
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