Okay, ran dxdiag.
In the ‘display2’ tab’s window, I see that all 3 acceleration ‘disable’ buttons are ghosted and so is the 3d test button.
But there is hope yet. When running 'display2’s test of directdraw, all 3 tests displayed properly on the standalone.
So if correct, as suggested, running vids on VLC should display on the standalone DVD player, but they’re not, even after I tried most every individual VLC setting there is.
I did notice one thign kind of maybe peculiar while testing display1. The standalone displayed (for the first time) other than just the desktop’s background.
When display1’s tests were running (properly in display 1, the laptop), standalone displayed the contents of my open txt doc and the outline of the directx diagnostic tool’s open window.
Also mentionable, might be that during that test, the standalone displayed the desktop sizing of the laptop and not the standalone (ie; 1200x800 vs 800x600).
Lastly, don’t suppose it amounts to a hill of beans, but I’m set up for true color, 32-bit & 60 Hz (as I’ve unsuccesfully tried using other such settings both for display 1 and 2, even trying out other Hz settings up to 75Hz).