Laptop is opening with a 2nd screen set as default

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rabobie Posts 1 Registration date Saturday December 14, 2013 Status Member Last seen December 14, 2013 - Dec 14, 2013 at 05:19 AM
Ambucias Posts 47358 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen September 1, 2021 - Dec 22, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Hi peeps,

have a rather ... complicated question, in terms of how to explain my hassle.
I have the problem that my laptop (Dell XPS12 flip-top Windows 8) which occasionaly starts with a black-screen.
I had this problem a few weeks ago and thought the graphics driver was screwed. I got absolutely NO response and couldn't change anything. As far as I could tell (which was confirmed after a Dell bios check) everything was fine ... I just couldn't see anything!
What I've come to realise is that the laptop is opening with a 2nd screen set as default (is this even possible when not attached?) and not the built-in display. I was travelling when the problems came up before so I didn't think of that but this morning I started to the black screen prob again. After quick contemplation I plugged in my external screen and Viola! the Log-in screen was waiting for me.
How can I change this? Seems to be an occasional problem (after using the ext. screen) but the laptop is useless when it opens this way and I don't always have a second screen with me to resolve the prob ;)
thanx in advance
ps.

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Ambucias Posts 47358 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen September 1, 2021 11,242
Dec 14, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Hello Rabobie,

I suggest you take a look at this thread which just might contain the solution to your issue.

https://ccm.net/forum/affich-10293-dual-monitor-disaster

Let me know.

Regards
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lh1162 Posts 1 Registration date Sunday December 22, 2013 Status Member Last seen December 22, 2013
Dec 22, 2013 at 09:46 AM
I have used the thread that Ambucias suggested with other versions of Windows, but I am stuck with certain programs on Windows 8 that don't offer the "Move" option when you use the Alt-spacebar method.

Does anyone know another method with Windows 8?
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Ambucias Posts 47358 Registration date Monday February 1, 2010 Status Moderator Last seen September 1, 2021 11,242
Dec 22, 2013 at 05:02 PM
@1h1162

You are on Windows 8, a major pain. It's a different story. Please begin a new thread.
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