Multiple Display (resolution caused?) problems


Not changing the scale. Changing how the scale is invoked.
 

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What I meant is, you might also want to verify that the Scale is set to the same value for each different monitor.
 

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Ahh. Totally took that the wrong way, I did. My bad!

Although, truth be told, when I ran different resolutions it also ran different DPI scaling for each monitor (125% on the 4K and 100% on the 1080p) but I also experienced what the OP is experiencing, only in reverse, when connected to my GTX 970.
 

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I almost always use my 55 inch 4k TV as my only monitor, on a table at ~10 ft. viewing distance with the laptop standing rig
Interesting, very interesting...
I imagine you can also watch MSNBC (in Belgium??) and Netflix all at the same time.?. Here in California we neither have the thruput nor a single cellphone tower!
 

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Can you please review the following and tell me what you think.

(Note: I very much appreciate the work you've gone through, yet so far haven't implemented any of the DPI scaling solutions)

Instead, I paused to consider the larger picture:
- I'm having a serious problem (i.e., it involves significant/continual time wasting resizing issues)
- The solution to my problem isn't simple. It probably involves changes specific to every program, instead of what could conceivably be a single, microsoft implemented, fix .
- Currently, my problem doesn't have a simple fix. If handled with DPI scaling, I'll probably have to bring up and change aspects of every single program I currently have and may buy-or-download/use in the future. For my day-to-day non-specialized computer that's a lot!

That having been said, there seem to be two solutions that solve this problem:
1) If you use a laptop, be satisfied doing everything with a tiny screen.
2) Use a desktop computer--with as many monitors as you need.
3) (Where things are going currently??) Just use your cell phone. No one cares to investigate problems deeply, nor investigate things in detail--it's just about tiny garbage in/tiny garbage out.
4) Watch TV. If it worked in the 50s no reason the boob-tube won't work again.

Which leads to the question: Are there any computers available that package everything necessary to run a desktop--without a monitor--in a very small form-factor cabinet--a cabinet with enough external ports that it can be expanded to accommodate additional Memory, Power, CPU and GPU capabilities (and the air flow necessary to cleanly run these components) using externals that are easily added (or removed) and maintained.
I ask this because I always thought the solution to upgrading the computer I configured would be as easy as swapping my CPU out of my desktop cabinet and replacing it with a newer/more current Gigabyte CPU (and other components if necessary)--which, when I looked into it, was told, could not be done.

And then I happened upon what might be a solution to my current situation. When I closed the laptop cover the other two monitors immediately went black. What I didn't know was that if I hit the spacebar the two larger monitors would light and all the windows on the laptop's monitor would transfer, in a larger size but (cross-my-fingers) not larger than either of the other monitors, onto one or the other. Therefore in one fell swoop the problem seems to have been solved--I'll just have to add another monitor to make up for the laptop's (and totally, to Diane's chagrin, use up the dining room table).

I'm wondering if this unexpected 'solution' could've take care of the problem w. johnlgalt's GTX 970.
 

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A lot to take in.

in reverse order - no, it would not - I'm not using a laptop, for one, this was on desktop, and two, it's taken care of itself because I went back to using a matched set of monitors with ht same resolution, so not more mix and match for me.

The space bar trick might work - but have you tried then open the laptop lid again and seeing if it stays fixed?

Regarding your solutions - #2 can break, as it did for me, if the monitors are not the same resolution.

#3 is useless - I can do a lot of things on my cell, but I refuse to make it my primary point of contact for all things business and pleasure. And #4 - well, I watch TV every night anyway lol.

The thing about all of this is that the resolution difference (and thus scaling difference) between the built-in screen and the external monitors is what is really causing the issue. If you're determined to keep using laptops, you could try to match the external monitors' resolution (by buying new monitors, can't just change values and increase resolution past max) to have this issue also go away.

But your little workaround sounds like a good plan.
 

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The space bar trick might work - but have you tried then open the laptop lid again and seeing if it stays fixed?
The 'space bar trick' is not particularly important. It is merely a way I can reliably call up the window that asks me to provide my PIN.

#2 can break, as it did for me, if the monitors are not the same resolution.
This is news to me. I have 3 multi-monitor setups. the only one giving me problems is this (Win11) one. (Later, I'll check on the other two's display resolution and get back to you.) I was under the impression that all desktop (i.e., monitors added to the CPU/GPU cabinet, ergo "desktop") LCD monitors were the same resolution. Since I'd had no problems with my 3-monitor DAW setup (running from a laptop because it might be necessary to (disconnect the larger monitors and) take the laptop on the road, I also assumed laptop monitors were (somehow) compatibly configured.
This (Win11 setup, the one that needs to replace my non DAW Win10 desktop) proves otherwise. I'm just glad I'd not added CRT ones to the mix!!.)
 

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I last had monitors with differing resolutions back in the days of XP. With 7 and 10 I had matching monitors with matching resolutions. It was only after I had moved to 11 that I found myself with mis-matched monitors again.

I was under the impression that all desktop (i.e., monitors added to the CPU/GPU cabinet, ergo "desktop") LCD monitors were the same resolution.

A search for monitors will show you that they run the gamut. Even searching a single manufacturer will show multiple monitor resolutions for different systems.

All of my monitors were bought, as I build my own machines. And when I started buying 4K monitors, they were pricey - couldn't afford to replace all of them at the same time.
 

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    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
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    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
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    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
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3) (Where things are going currently??) Just use your cell phone. No one cares to investigate problems deeply, nor investigate things in detail--it's just about tiny garbage in/tiny garbage out.
Regarding #3, I wasn't referring to you. I was just waxing ineloquently about the rest of the world.
A search for monitors will show you that they run the gamut. Even searching a single manufacturer will show multiple monitor resolutions for different systems.
Can you tell, just picking up a monitor and reading a tag (not plugging it into a computer and asking for Display Settings), what its resolution is?
(I volunteer for a local Goodwill-like organization where we clean up and try and repair items before they go on the shelves.)
All of my monitors were bought, as I build my own machines.
Was I wrong when I was told I wouldn't be able to physically swap my CPU (a GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard) for a current, up to date, motherboard? (I assumed they tried to keep the board sizes the same...)
When you build a machine, do you plan on future hardware upgrades by thinking you might need to upgrade the CPU, GPU, or Power Supply?
Are there any computers available that package everything necessary to run a desktop--without a monitor--in a very small form-factor cabinet--a cabinet with enough external ports that it can be expanded to accommodate additional Memory, Power, CPU and GPU capabilities (and the air flow necessary to cleanly run these components) using externals that are easily added (or removed) and maintained.
Is this kind of thing/approach available?
And when I started buying 4K monitors,
I would probably be needing a 4K monitor if I were still in my Photoshop/Illustrator/Vectorworks (CAD) days. Now it's about sound, so visual clarity is a secondary consideration.
 
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    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
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    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
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    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
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    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
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    SSD and others (internal and external)
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    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
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    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!
Can you tell, just picking up a monitor and reading a tag (not plugging it into a computer and asking for Display Settings), what its resolution is?

By researching that tag online, yeah. Some monitors may give you a hint (if the monitor is named, say, blah blah blah 1440p then it is more than likely has a resolution of 2560 * 1440. But technically, a 1440p monitor can have a few resolutions, the 1440p is really only referring to the vertical resolution.


Similarly, if it has 4K in the name, it most likely has a resolution of 3840 * 2160, though, again, there are variants here too:


But if all it has is a name, like, say, ES07D03, then searching for that only (along with the manufacturer's name) should get you results rather easily.

Was I wrong when I was told I wouldn't be able to physically swap my CPU (a GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard) for a current, up to date, motherboard? (I assumed they tried to keep the board sizes the same...

That is a discussion all of its own.

If you have that motherboard, and want to keep using that motherboard, then you are vastly limited on the CPU choices, but it does allow for some upgrades. The list of CPUs supported by that board can be found at GA-B75M-D3H (rev. 1.0) Support | Motherboard - GIGABYTE Global

And that is what I meant by being limited - to keep using that board you can only use one of those listed CPUs.

When you build a machine, do you plan on future hardware upgrades by thinking you might need to upgrade the CPU, GPU, or Power Supply?

That's another long discussion lol. Different builders have different needs. Time, money, use cases, and more, all come together (along with many other factors, depending upon the builder), to determine what will be used.

I can probably illustrate this better by giving a bit of history for me.

In 2008 I spent a decent bit of money build a machine based around the Intel Core2Quad 6600 CPU, with dual 500 GB HDDs, 8 GB RAM, and various sundries. Right about the same time I went back to college to earn degrees I had never gotten when I initially dropped out. Machine did its job well enough.

Fast forward to 2011, when Ive had 2 Bachelor's degrees under my belt and am working on my Master's degree, lightning took out that machine, (or, more precisely, the PSU and HDDs, the rest of the board actually survived) and I had to make an emergency build, using an Intel Core i7 965 EE CPU and building around that (I had gotten that CPU in 2010, I think, for a steal from eBay - $1000 CPU I got for around half that). I picked my components a little more loosely than I would have because I was severely time constrained - so I went with an eVGA X58 motherboard, a pair 1 TB HDDs, and a new ThermalTake 850W PSU, and sundry bits.

That machine was retired in 2020. Yes, I ran that machine for 9 years. With the motherboard, I kept that CPU, as it was almost the most powerful I could put in that socket, and trying to get a little faster would have run sever hundred dollars, not worth the minor performance gain. But, I upgrade several other parts numerous times:

I had an nVidia GTS 8800 from eVGA which I used with their Step up program to upgrade to a GTX 260 (and to which I then added a second GTX 260, to run in SLI, and a GTS 250, to run as a dedicated PhysX card). I then bought a GTX 560 Ti 448 Core to ruin as main, and kept one of the 260s in for PhysX. I then bought a GTX 970, and put that in for the 560, and then stopped using a dedicated card for PhysX, so the 970 was in there solo.

For the HDDs, I kept the 1 TB are storage, and start getting SSDs - first, the Intel X25-M 80 GB, then Intel Cherryville 180, the Crucial MX100 256 GB, then a SanDisk 960 GB SSD.

The RAM in that machine never changed, the same 12 GB from start to finish. Same for the CPU and PSU, for that matter.

In 2020, I built my current rig. Initially, it had the GTX 970 from the previous build, and I brought over the SanDisk SSD as a 4th drive for it, and my 1080p monitors, too. I wanted a powerhouse workstation that I could play games on as well, but also do crazy things like run multiple VMs on simultaneously (not just running, but actually in use simultaneously). You can click on my computers to get the details, or also click on AMD Ryzen 9 3950X @ 3998.32 MHz - CPU-Z VALIDATOR for my detailed Validation at CPU-Z.

The video card I was waiting for the 30-series release - and we all know how that went.

The monitors were waiting to be upgrade afterthe video card was.

Then, in 2022, I upgraded the video card to a 3080 Ti, one monitor to a 4K, and my NVMe drives from Sabrent Rocket 4.0 (gen 1) to Samsung 980 Pro, also doubling each one's storage.

The initial build was almost $5000 US, but I did that on purpose - I put in a good bit of future proofing (in terms of usability) with that massive amounts of RAM and massive amounts of NVMe SSD space (3x 1 TB, plus the 960 GB, for a total of over 3.5 TB). My Upgrade took me to 3x 2 TB, minus the 960, which I permanently removed, and move the original NVMe to USB enclosures, so I now have 9 TB (8 formatted TB) of drive space across 6 drives. My RAM is maxed out at 128 GB - but this lets me run all those VMs all at once - because they are (mostly) older OSs, Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 10, but 5 are Windows 11. Most of the VMs have 8 GB of RAM and 4 virtual CPUs attached, and with my 16 code 32 process CPU, it's not much of a strain on the system. (I don't run the VMs all the time, but if I need to at any given moment, I can run them all and access them all simultaneously. Plus, I also taught CompTIA Certification classes, so I needed to have several of their VMs up and running (before they transitioned to their online labs setup). For the PSU, I Was looking to get a 1200 W PSU from Seasonic, but everything higher than 1000 W was out of stock at that time, and I settled for my PCPP 1050 W as a really, really good alternative. It's more than enough power for even my entire system with hte 3080 TI ramped up to full load (I don't OC GPUs, btw 0 nothing against doing it, I just choose not to).

So, my seemingly outrageous build cost makes much more sense - The future proofing is in the components, the supported components, and your use case. My last system lasted 9 years (with numerous upgrades). Your motherboard will always limit your CPU choices - to significantly upgrade a CPU, you'll almost always need to upgrade your motherboard. My current MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE mobo can take Ryzen 9 5000 series, so I could go to a Ryzen 9 5950X in place of my current 3950X, but even now, the cost versus performance increase is not worth it. I can always get larger drives (though my motherboard only supports PCIe 4.0, it supports it across all three onboard NVMe slots, so I could, theoretically, go as outrageous as 3x 8 TB drive for a total of almost 30 TB (after moving the current drives to USB enclosures). The case I used is a very large Tower, with ample space for all sorts of things, like extensive water cooling, numberous drives, and more - it's the Fract Design Define XL (with the dark glass panel).

So, all in all, I'm in a good position right now, and the machine is over 3 years old already. I should be able to easily go another 3-5 years, if not more, without and real significant expenditure on it.

That massively long soliloquy gives you an idea on a few of the reasons I went all out to build this rig - I wasn't trying to win any awards, I wasn't trying to OC the holy heck out of it - I had legitimate use cases for it that mandated going above and beyond what 95% of system builders would ever throw into their rigs.

And that circles back to what I said initially:

Different builders have different needs. Time, money, use cases, and more, all come together (along with many other factors, depending upon the builder), to determine what will be used.

You have to determine what you need, what you can afford, and what you want to do. The good thing is that building your own mahcine is more modular (usualy) than buying. The 'bad' thing is that you only have one place to turn to for issues - yourself. You are the tech support for your machine. Yes, individual components have their own manufacturers, and thus their own tech support, but you ahve to figure out what is going on first, before they can help you with an issue (unless it is an easily diagnosable issue that is directly related to one single component). Machines bought from OEMs have the OEM as the tech support, which still require your input when troubleshooting, but can be a lot mroe guided as they know the complete machine build as it was shipped, and can focus trouble shooting efforts more directly and more quickly.

I've been building systems for around 30 years, and I have a ton of experience, so I also know all the things you should (and should not) do when building a machine. This particular build was a minor feather in my cap in that, after getting all components, and taking my time and extensive care with, booted up perfectly on first assembly - I never had to check anything / readjust anything, it all worked the very first time. That is not usually the case, so extensive hardware knowledge (and / or top notch sleuthing skills lol) are a requirement when building your own,. In fact, I'd say both are requirements - you neve rknow what could happen.

The knowledge base is really key, knowing your components once you've decided where your cutoffs (time, budget, etc.) are - and a great resource is PC Parts Picker - you can simulate a build and it will both guide you with products and warn you if you pick products that may be incompatible. And, also, be adviced that the initial build cost also includes tons of peripherals - KB, mouse, headset, case, and other stuff, too.

OK, enough about that. I'll answer the rest of your points in another post as this one is tremendously long already.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
Is this kind of thing/approach available?
Which leads to the question: Are there any computers available that package everything necessary to run a desktop--without a monitor--in a very small form-factor cabinet--a cabinet with enough external ports that it can be expanded to accommodate additional Memory, Power, CPU and GPU capabilities (and the air flow necessary to cleanly run these components) using externals that are easily added (or removed) and maintained.

Hmmm. Are you asking if you can buy a desktop machine without monitors, and use your existing monitors? Sure. Just have to make sure that the desktop has video ports (HDMI, DP, or even older DVI) output to use with existing monitors, and that your monitor(s) have the matching port(s) too.

If you're asking about size, they run the gamut from SFF (Small Form Factor) machines all the way up to full tower (which I built for myself). The smallest ones to do basic stuff like Intel's NUC line (and other manufacturers make them too) are very, very tiny these days, though you're, again, limited in upgrades to them in various ways.

So, let me ask - are you asking about buy just a desktop without monitors, or are you actually asking about the physical size of the computer?

I would probably be needing a 4K monitor if I were still in my Photoshop/Illustrator/Vectorworks (CAD) days. Now it's about sound, so visual clarity is a secondary consideration.

There you go - you've identified a use case for yourself - the monitors and resolution are not a primary concern for you. So, using your current monitors may be doable - it depends upon their connection type, if they use DVI, those types of connections are becoming less and less prominent, though adapters from both HDMI and DP to DVI do exist (but can also cause issues).

But you can almost always buy just Desktops wihtout monitors from most OEMs if you already have monitors that you want ot use - you'll just want to confirm that your monitors will work with the given dekstop you are looking at.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
By the way, this icon
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doesn't seem to have been very well thought out (or tested). It's pot luck if the window you click on shows up in front and equally lucky if the window shows up Snapped Left or Snapped Right when chosen.
That icon is for choosing which Desktop to use, or to make a new Desktop.

It has nothing to do with choosing which running app's window comes to the front. For that you want to use WinKey+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Tab.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire 3 A315-23
    CPU
    AMD Athlon Silver 3050U
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop screen
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768 native resolution, up to 2560x1440 with Radeon Virtual Super Resolution
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung EVO 870 SSD
    Internet Speed
    50 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge, Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    fully 'Windows 11 ready' laptop. Windows 10 C: partition migrated from my old unsupported 'main machine' then upgraded to 11. A test migration ran Insider builds for 2 months. When 11 was released on 5th October it was re-imaged back to 10 and was offered the upgrade in Windows Update on 20th October. Windows Update offered the 22H2 Feature Update on 20th September 2022. It got the 23H2 Feature Update on 4th November 2023 through Windows Update.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Lattitude E4310
    CPU
    Intel® Core™ i5-520M
    Motherboard
    0T6M8G
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics card(s)
    (integrated graphics) Intel HD Graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500GB Crucial MX500 SSD
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    unsupported machine: Legacy bios, MBR, TPM 1.2, upgraded from W10 to W11 using W10/W11 hybrid install media workaround. In-place upgrade to 22H2 using ISO and a workaround. Feature Update to 23H2 by manually installing the Enablement Package. Also running Insider Beta, Dev, and Canary builds as a native boot .vhdx.

    My SYSTEM THREE is a Dell Latitude 5410, i7-10610U, 32GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro (and all my Hyper-V VMs).

    My SYSTEM FOUR is a 2-in-1 convertible Lenovo Yoga 11e 20DA, Celeron N2930, 8GB RAM, 256GB ssd. Unsupported device: currently running Win10 Pro, plus Win11 Pro RTM and Insider Dev, Beta, and RP 24H2 as native boot vhdx.

    My SYSTEM FIVE is a Dell Latitude 3190 2-in-1, Pentium Silver N5030, 4GB RAM, 512GB NVMe ssd, supported device running Windows 11 Pro, plus the Insider Beta, Dev, Canary, and Release Preview builds as a native boot .vhdx.

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
Yes, I know. It's still an applicable example.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 Current build
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HomeBrew
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 3950X
    Motherboard
    MSI MEG X570 GODLIKE
    Memory
    4 * 32 GB - Corsair Vengeance 3600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti XC3 ULTRA GAMING (12G-P5-3955-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek® ALC1220 Codec
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x Eve Spectrum ES07D03 4K Gaming Monitor (Matte) | Eve Spectrum ES07DC9 4K Gaming Monitor (Glossy)
    Screen Resolution
    3x 3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    3x Samsung 980 Pro NVMe PCIe 4 M.2 2 TB SSD (MZ-V8P2T0B/AM) } 3x Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1 TB SSD (USB)
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling’s Silencer Series 1050 Watt, 80 Plus Platinum
    Case
    Fractal Design Define 7 XL Dark ATX Full Tower Case
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 420 RGB + Air 3x 140mm case fans (pull front) + 1x 120 mm (push back) and 1 x 120 mm (pull bottom)
    Keyboard
    SteelSeries Apex Pro Wired Gaming Keyboard
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S | MX Master 3 for Business
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
    Browser
    Nightly (default) + Firefox (stable), Chrome, Edge , Arc
    Antivirus
    Defender + MB 5 Beta
  • Operating System
    ChromeOS Flex Dev Channel (current)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Latitude E5470
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-6300U CPU @ 2.40GHz, 2501 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 520 + RealTek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell laptop display 15"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 * 1080
    Hard Drives
    Toshiba 128GB M.2 22300 drive
    INTEL Cherryville 520 Series SSDSC2CW180A 180 GB SATA III SSD
    PSU
    Dell
    Case
    Dell
    Cooling
    Dell
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3S (shared w. Sys 1) | Dell TouchPad
    Keyboard
    Dell
    Internet Speed
    AT&T LightSpeed Gigabit Duplex Ftth
Yes, I know. It's still an applicable example.
I know. The NUC 13 Extreme is the only "exception" so to speak, as that one measures 337 x 318 x 129mm in size so, not nearly as small as a "regular" type NUC, but still a lot smaller than your average desktop PC.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
johnlgault...your post from 9 Nov 23 really helped me! I've been beating my head for 5 days now & my local computer guy that clean reinstalled Win11 after the Dec 23 Update trashed my system for the 4th time since I've installed Win11! THIS is the 1st time that I've experienced almost the same problem that jro11 described. The compatibility troubleshooter fixed my Firefox problem BUT as of this writing I haven't been able to get to it in my Microsoft365 apps (weird??) & so far, none of my other 3rd party apps seem to be affected (weirder??)!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    AMD
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    32GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    NIVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Hard Drives
    ST31000524AS
    HP SSD EX920 1TB (SSD)
    Micron CT1000X6SSD9 SCSI Disk Device (SSD)

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