As I said on November 10, 2009, it was a breeze to get dual monitor working on my Windows 7 rig.
The dual monitor configuration as worked well with no noticeable problems … but then again, I never had problems with it in XP either and I used it on XP for nearly eight years.
There are some interesting quirks.
Even though we swapped ports on the video card to see if it was port related, Windows 7 appears to have a spatial awareness of the two monitors — as indicated by this monitor set up image which shows my two monitors to scale.
Though the right hand, 24″ monitor is designated as my MAIN display, when Windows 7 is starting up … it does so on the LEFT HAND SIDE monitor, i.e., the secondary! We had noticed that Windows 7 tended to give preference to the LEFT HAND SIDE monitor.
That is kind of weird. In XP, the XP start-up screen appeared on BOTH monitors — in parallel. Not so in Windows 7. Hhhmmmm.
Well, as you can see the ‘resolution’ of my two monitors are very asymmetrical, the new one is wide-screen while the old one is smaller and ‘square.’
Today for the first time I was using Office 2007 Excel in anger … updating the demographics of the College of Cardinals. As is my wont, I was moving the spreadsheet from my main monitor to the left hand side one depending on whether I was working on the spreadsheet or on my papal BLOG.
Windows 7/Office 2007 weren’t too keen about handling the change in resolution for the spreadsheet! I had never seen this ‘reluctance’ with other Apps. But, I do recall, from ages ago, that Excel’s screen handling is different to those of Word etc.
Anyway, the main quirk is that Windows 7 or Excel tries to maximize the spreadsheet as soon as it moves over the the left hand side monitor. Hhhmmm. Not a show stopper. It amused me more than anything else, BUT I am easily amused.
I will keep you posted on this. Cheers.