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Please help - strange behavior of dropdown & other multiple-selection menus

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Old 12-13-2009
Stan Starinski
 

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Please help - strange behavior of dropdown & other multiple-selection menus
Perhaps too much new softwares installed this week.
Now I am having a non-critical, but kind of annoying issue, I can continue
working with it but if anyone could please comment?

A typical Windows multiple-choice menu, e..g. drop down; for example
right-click on empty desktop area and select View or Sortby, which in turn
also lead to other menus.
Or iun Internet zexplorer View-->textsize, zoom, etc. Or anywhere else.

Upto today it was predictable - next menu subwindow would popup on the right
side if there's space between it and display's rightmost edge (or on left if
there's more space on the left).
But now they all open at random sides, one menu opens on left from the mouse
pointer, next opens on right - unpredictable, no ligc.
There's enough space on the right but menu pops up on the left.
Any idea?

Also is there any way to set identically high resolution on
external+internal LCD on this HPlaptop? I've NEVER tried an external, but
today tried family LCD HDTV and instantly my laptop's own smaller display
was also screw*ed up - resolution lowered from 1440x900 down to match that
of externalLCDTV which is maximum of 1280x1024 or less.
You might say so what? Well all the windows I had opened & unsuspectingly
worked on external oversized display, amazing my parents with photos & news
they've never seen before at such size, all those were distorted when I
disabled external and went back to my laptop - sizes/locations.
Ok I restored all, but the cause is obvious - whenever external display is
enabled, it "drags down" laptop's own display also because even a powerful
Graphics card can't keep up feeding 1440x900 resoltuion to both external &
internal, it just selects "lowest common denominator" which is 1280x1024.
I wonder if it's possible to "insulate" 2 displays so each one displays at
own resoltuion, not equalizing both to some common low value?
If internal can show 1440 let it stay at 1440, but external can go as low as
it wants to, but no - they just follow each other!
Maybe there's a workaround not involving a dual-ouput Grahpics card which is
RARE on laptops?

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