The Quantum of Stupid

by Phillip Hallam-Baker

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

 

Multiple Displays on Vista

It has been a while since my last podcast, part of the reason is that I have been building my dalek in the basement, another part of the reason is that I have been tearing down the studio and rebuilding it with a different teleprompter.

The new teleprompter allows me to see the PowerPoint slides when I face the camera. This is quite important when you are trying to keep the in-shot display synchronized.

The new setup is much better than the last, but it does have one irritating drawback. I now have two displays attached to the system, The 30" on my desktop, and the 20" for the teleprompter. The 30" has a maximum resolution of 2560x1600, the 20" only supports HD resolution of 1920x1080.

This is not a problem as far as I am concerned, I have two displays with different resolutions. But this notion is clearly upsetting some idiot at Microsoft or nVidia because every single time I restart the system, even restarting from sleep, it switches the resolution on my 30" monitor to match the lower resolution of the 20".

A little pop up window even appears to gleefully tell me that the system has changed the resolution of my display. What type of mental midget imagined that was a good idea? Did it never occur to them that if the user had chosen a particular display resolution they probably had a good reason for doing so?

I did find a program 'Display Resolution Monitor' that purports to manage display resolutions for you. The problem I have with it is provenance, the program is distributed on a site with an '88' logo in the top right hand corner. 88 is a white supremacist code for 'Heil Hitler' and so there is a significant risk that the program is spyware.

Why should I be forced to install possible spyware just to stop the system changing the display settings that I selected?

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