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Palettes disapear on 2nd monitor

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OK what gives.

I took the plunge and installed 11.

I run dual monitors. When I click on a blank space on my desktop some of my palettes disapear.

When I click on the drawing they reapear.

Why? how do I make it stop?

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What OS are you using?

Did you just setup the dual monitors or were they working with VW 10 ?

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This has happened to me since 10.5 and now in 11. Dual monitors, NVidia FX5200 w / latest drivers, WinXP. Kind of a minor thing though, if I click on the destop, VW is not the active application anyway.

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Everything works fine in 9.5

I've been using dual monitors since 8.5.

I remember 9.0 having a huge problem of not supporting dual monitors which didn't get fixed until 9.5.

But that's not the case here right?

Computer specs

Win2K

P4 2.4ghz

RAM 1gb

Video ATI Radeon 9600pro

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I've been running dual head on w2k (see below) since 9 without problems. My machine at home runs dual head on two separate cards on xp without problems. Make sure whatever dual head software shipped with the card is disabled so that you can reduce the number of variables. I have used both matrox and ati cards, and both dual head applications have so many things to turn on and off, that it will make your head spin. Good luck.

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Ray and Mickey,

Several people here are able to run dual monitors on Win XP machines.

Do you have the main monitor/video card set to be the primary and the second to be the secondary?

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I believe the main monitor is the primary, as this is the monitor that displays the splash screen at boot.

Palletes are on the main monitor, (1) in Display Properties. Main Drawing window on secondary monitor, (2) in Display Properties. I set it up this way for applications that don't remember which monitor they were on when closed last, but always open on the main monitor.

I have no problems running two monitors except for the tool palletes disapearing when VW is not the active application. Not that big of a deal.

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Those are the tool palettes that aren't docked. Once you click back in VW, the palettes should reappear.

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That's right they do.

They reapear when I click back in VW.

The question is how do I make them not disapear in the first place?

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OK everybody here is missing the point.

Both monitors work. All my little palettes are on the second monitor. When I click on the desktop in between the palettes some, but not all of the little palettes vanish. When I click back on the main body of the program the palettes come back.

The palettes in question that vanish have a dark grey border around them, and the ones that don't stay consistant with a light grey border.

So what does the dark grey border mean?

And how do I get the palettes to stop the vanishing act?

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Mickey,

Just so you know you are not alone, I have been having the exact same problem on a dual flat panel monitor Dell workstation running Windows XP. I haven't figured-out if the glitch is in Windows, VW, or the ATI video card. So for now, the best thing to do is follow Katie's last suggestion. Maybe some kind of a Pin in Place for tool palettes would help.

JE

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Well, it's not a problem per se.

When you click on the desktop, the desktop becomes active. The program that was active before that is no longer active, thus temporary items are not shown for video redraw purposes.

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You will notice the same thing with other programs with floating tool palettes, such as Illustrator and Photoshop. This behaviour has been standard for the past four years at least, regardless of how many monitors you have.

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