For reasons I have not been able to fathom as yet [not that I have spent any time trying to dig into it] Windows 7, at start-up, is biased towards the LEFT HAND monitor though this is not my designated MAIN monitor. I had talked about that on my first post about dual monitors.
Well, I have since noticed that this BIAS towards the LEFT HAND monitor also occurs when I wake-up my system after it has gone into standby.
That is strange because by that point, Windows cannot have any doubts as to which is my MAIN monitor — since I do not have a TASK BAR on my left hand monitor.
So when I wake up my system, by jiggling my mouse, rather than BANGING on the ENTER key as used to do on my XP system, the LEFT HAND monitor immediately comes to life. Then a few agonizingly long minutes after, the right hand screen lazily lights up, like a languid, well sated leopard stretching awake.
Then I realized something with a shock!
This used to also happen on my XP system. But then, I had rationalized it as this. On that rig, I had a fairly basic, 2003 vintage video card. It only had one DVI port. So the LEFT HAND monitor was attached via VGA. I had assumed that the VGA port kicked in ‘quicker’ because it was less ‘smart.’
But on this Windows 7 rig I have a video card with dual DVI. Hhhmmm.
I really need to look into this, if and when I ever get any time. Today I was busy designing the cover for my book, juggling pixel measurements and wishing I had FireWorks on my Windows 7 machine. Joys of working in dpi to get exact cover dimensions at 300dpi. Time flies when you are having so much fun.
I started using my FREE Paint.Net. No question it works. Works well. But not having vector graphics is cumbersome for ME. So I jump on my XP machine and use FireWorks, in much the same way as I use it for FrontPage. [Talking of which, I downloaded a 30 trail version of SmartFTP onto my XP machine. Impressed. Pretty slick. I will most likely install it on my Windows 7 machine too and get a license. Though I don’t need it, it enables me to upload my book PDFs up to my publisher slightly faster than I can with the http-based upload mechanism. When you are dealing with 30MB PDFs every second helps.]