I recently added a new display. I don't use it all the time, so I turn it off a lot. I use ultramon so that I can make a hot key to disable the display.
My problem is, when the 2nd display is disabled, I turn off my main TV with my remote, and windows automatically switches the desktop to the secondary display. This is a problem because it requires me to actually turn off my secondary display so that it is not shining. It also takes several seconds more to switch over when I turn my main back on.
Is there any way I can tell windows to not try to automatically switch to the display that is on?
Will do cable management later. I should have put it lower so that when folded back, it would hide completely behind the TV... oh well.
The dell is a 2005FPW. 1680 x 1050
The reason I have it set up like that is when I get involved in work, school, or internet browsing, my screen collects windows. I like to watch movies or TV as background noise, so I throw it up there so that it does not get in the way. When I don't want to use it, I can fold it back behind the TV.
If I clone, then it is useless to have a 2nd display, and I will still have to manually turn off the screen.
I too like to watch movies or TV as background noise
as I read the AVS Forum and others.
My setup is as follows:
Desktop computer using SageTV Client for playback.
Main display 19" CRT ctx monitor set as display 1
this display is for everything except video playback.
Second display Samsung 40" LCD set as display 2
originally I had used Ultramon but learned I could do it without it.
I use SageTV as a server down stairs on my HTPC and on my desktop PC in a upstairs bedroom is my office and this computer.
On desktop PCI opened SageTV client on first display and drag it to the second disply then maximized it.
I also use the following in the same manor
PowerDVD, Media Player Classic HC, and TotalMedia Theater 3, and when I am done watching video I close the application and turn off the TV with a Harmany 880 remote.
The video card is always outputing to the second display but it only the desktop background image.