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bug with using multiple desktops ?

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Mark Cornelius
7 discussion posts
I'm having some problems when I try to use the Windows Virtual Desktop Manager (?) (MSVDM). If I stay on the initial desktop, no problems, but when I switch to a secondary desktop the screen splits into two backgrounds. I use two monitors, both 1920 x 1200, two different pics stretched. But when switching to a different desktop, my primary screen divides into two, a left side and right side, and the backgrounds from both monitors are displayed (compressed to fit). The left half is my other monitor and the right is my primary monitor pic. If I adjust the secondary desktop with Display Fusion, it is ok but only as long as I don't go to another desktop. Once I change the desktop, the problem happens again. I am using WinXP Pro SP 3, 4 gigs system mem, GeForce 7600 GS video card.
Other than not using the MSVDM, is there any suggestions to fixing this so that the background remains static on my primary display, regardless of what desktop I choose to use?
Thanx ))
PS using 2.2.1 DF. ))
PPS The screen changes to split backgrounds on both monitors but when using DF I can apply the individual desktops as long as I don't change from the defaulted desktop on my primary. Sorry for the addition. )) Happy Holidays by the by. ))
Dec 11, 2008  • #1
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Mark Cornelius
7 discussion posts
I guess this post doesn't even warrant a response.
Jan 5, 2009  • #2
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Sorry, I should have responded sooner. I have this on my list of items to investigate, but I haven't had a chance yet. I will take a look tonight and let you know what I find out.
Jan 5, 2009  • #3
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Ok, I've investigated this quite a bit and I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that MSVDM forces the windows desktop to change every time you switch to a new virtual desktop. The good news is that if you have DisplayFusion Pro (the paid version) it will automatically change the image back again to the DisplayFusion wallpaper. There is a bit of lag between this (a few seconds) so it's not a perfect solution, but it's unfortunately the best I can do. DisplayFusion v2.3 gets rid of the annoying "Wallpaper automatically fixed" message, which would benefit you in this situation. I would suggest that you get a DisplayFusion Pro trial license and see if it works like you want it to. Thanks for being patient, sorry it took so long. :)
Jan 8, 2009  • #4
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skdpnyc
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I tried this and got a trial pro reg key and still not working. any ideas???
May 17, 2009  • #5
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It won't allow a seperate wallpaper on each virtual desktop, but it should allow you to maintain the same image on all 4. Just make sure the "Warn me if the..." settings are both checked on the "Wallpaper" tab in the Settings window.
Jul 3, 2009  • #6
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PGomersall
211 discussion posts
Have your tried using:
http://www.codeplex.com/vdm
It is a VDM manager that will allow desktop wallpaper on a per desktop basis. I had tried this on Vista with UltraMon as the Windows manager.
Since I moved to W7 I have just been using Display Fusion and have not added it back to test.
I has been stuck at the beta release in 08; deveolpment seems to have stopped.
Pete
Jul 10, 2009  • #7
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Thanks for the link Pete. The difficult thing about supporting virtual desktop programs in DisplayFusion is that they all handle the wallpaper issue differently. Some, like "DeskSpace" want to use something like a skybox/cube style wallpaper. Others handle it internally themselves and don't allow 3rd party programs to switch it. It's a tricky issue, and one that probably won't be handled in DisplayFusion. If this VDM program works with DisplayFusion I would recommend it, if not, then I'm not sure what to do. :)
Jul 12, 2009  • #8
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