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  1. Midwife's Avatar
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    I am using a Dell 1907FP as an external monitor for a laptop. I am mirroring the laptop onto the external monitor *not* extending the desktop.Everything works great except for playing video files. When I play them (and I've tried different players--WinDVD, Windows Media, Real player), the player loads on both screens but the video can only be seen on the laptop. On the external monitor I see the player with a dimmed black box only. Any ideas?

    I don't want to do the extend the desktop because I don't like two screens next to each other that are not the same size. The video will work if I extend the desktop and drag the video player to the other monitor but then it won't let me change my settings back to mirroring without doing a system restore. Obviously that is a major pain to do everytime I want to watch a video.

    Hoping someone lurking here has some ideas. Thanks in advance!
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    I have this same problem but I simply extended the monitor and lowered the laptop screen till its almost down all of the way. If anyone has a solution that would be great. If not, no biggy.
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    Then how do you deal with the fact that your start menu and icons are on the laptop? My laptop is my primary screen.
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    When I extend the screen to the monitor I make it monitor number 2 and not the primary, which on my lap top it simply is just space and no start menu or icons at the bottom (not sure if this is the case for all set ups). Since the second monitor is only desktop real estate I can use the whole monitor to do what ever I want with it, i.e. movies, outlook, another browser, ect...

    Hope this helps.
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    most laptops have a hotkey that alows you to swich between external, internal and both..
    On my HP it is Fn+F4
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