I have a Dell Inspiron 8500 laptop with an NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 video card. I run Windows XP SP 2. I have loaded the Microsoft Color Settings Applet. I use the the laptop in two different environments: 1) standalone using the laptop monitor and 2) in a docking station using a Dell external LCD monitor. I have calibrated the external monitor and the laptop monitor using Eye-One Photo, and saved the 2 profiles.
In Device Manager under Monitors, I have 4 items: Default Monitor, Default Monitor, Plug and Play Monitor, and Plug and Play Monitor ( I don’t know why there are duplicates).
In Display Properties on the Settings tab under Display, I have two choices: “(Multiple Monitors) on NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200” and “Default Monitor on NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200.” If I select “(Multiple Monitors)”, I have all four monitors from my Device Manager listed on the Monitor tab. Regardless of which I select, it will list “Default Monitor” on Color Management tab where I can add a profile. Even though I can see two different monitors listed here (Default, and Plug and Play), I can only assign one profile and only to the “Default Monitor.” I don’t have a clue what is going on here!!!
In Color Settings on the Devices tab for Displays I have two choices: “Plug and Play Monitor on NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200” and “Default Monitor on NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200.” I have assigned the correct profile to the two respective monitors listed here - assuming that the “Plug and Play Monitor” is referring to the external monitor and the “Default Monitor” is referring to the laptop monitor. Is this handling my color profiling? How does it know which monitor I’m using?
So my dilemma… I need to assign a color profile to my laptop monitor and a different profile to my external monitor. Am I set up properly for this? I feel like I’m missing something.
Any help and advice for getting this set up in my environment would be greatly appreciated.