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Hello OCN,
I just got my 2nd monitor and I have it extending to the left, When I get a background it just duplicates it, now I tried to set up and eyefinity group but it keeps setting my new monitor as the primary which I dont want. Also I dont want to be gaming on the 2nd monitor. any help?
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Switch the connection port on the GPU - which ever one you have it plugged into is the primary graphics port apparently
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post #3 of 10
Switch the mointer cables over, chances are the new one has been put on the primary port
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Switch the mointer cables over, chances are the new one has been put on the primary port
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post
Switch the connection port on the GPU - which ever one you have it plugged into is the primary graphics port apparently
My card has 6 ports, The new one is on the 2nd on in and the first one is on the 1st but the new one is on hdmi, could that be it?
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post #5 of 10
Just use it as extended and set the main monitor as primary.


You don't want to display eyefinity, but if you do, configure the group and let the image duplicate on both monitors. Then go to the resolution settings and select the eyefinity resolution.
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post #6 of 10
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Hello OCN,
I just got my 2nd monitor and I have it extending to the left, When I get a background it just duplicates it, now I tried to set up and eyefinity group but it keeps setting my new monitor as the primary which I dont want. Also I dont want to be gaming on the 2nd monitor. any help?
I have found when using two monitors on Radeon cards, the one using HDMI seems to be preferred for the primary monitor #1, and any monitors plugged into DVI ports or using a VGA adapter get placed as monitor #2. I have found this is true with my crossfired HD 4870 cards as well as a just installed HD6950.

If you can, plug the monitor you want as a primary into HDMI and it will get selected as #1. If you don't have HDMI on your monitor, use an HDMI to DVI adapter and it should still pick the monitor using HDMI as #1.

Unfortunately I have no experience with the new display port connectors, so if you're using display port I cannot help you.

If you are using two DVI you may be stuck with what the video card decides to make primary unless you change one of them to use a VGA-DVI or DVI-HDMI adapter.

I have one ASUS 26" monitor connected through HDMI and it gets set to Primary, and a second ASUS 26" monitor connected through DVI and it gets set to 2ndary.

I used to use two DVI cables but I just couldn't control which monitor was primary no matter what port I plugged them into. This may be a glitch of the ASUS monitors I suppose (they are different models).
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post #7 of 10
People, you can change primary monitors from the settings. It has NOTHING to do with the connection being used. If you can't choose a primary monitor, I suspect a driver issue.
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post #8 of 10
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No I can choose primary monitor, but eyefinity automatically chooses the one on the left, I dont think you can do this without a 3rd montior, gaming on 2 is impossible with EF because I cannot see the center of my screen because of the bezzle, Time for a 3rd monitor!
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People, you can change primary monitors from the settings. It has NOTHING to do with the connection being used. If you can't choose a primary monitor, I suspect a driver issue.
You can select a "primary" monitor as Windows calls it, but that doesn't make it monitor #1.

I have had instances of my #2 monitor being called the "primary" monitor, and my task bar is on it, and games come up on it, but new windows would open on monitor #1 which was the secondary monitor.

Windows still doesn't quite handle monitors correctly amongst other things. It would be nice to be able to label the monitors in BIOS, but can't do that either.
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post #10 of 10
Oh yeah, my HDMI screen IS labeled #1, but my #2 is primary, and all my applications open on that one.
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