PD13 Multiple Monitors Still a Problem

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by SreechandraD, Aug 22, 2017.

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Will you go to another Virtual Machine platform if this issue is not fixed and PD11 no longer works?

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  1. KennethF

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    I am using Coherence as well, over 2 external monitors and my MacBook Pro. Windows 10 and PD13. Everything works reasonably well except for one thing--from time to time one of my external monitors will simply go blank for a few seconds, and then come back on. This has been going on for some time and it is very irritating. Anyone encounter this?
     
  2. MortenL

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    I use two external monitors also. Never had that problem.
     
  3. ErnestC2

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    I am having the same problem on a single external monitor. I am also having major stability problems with PD 13. How do you get someone at PD to actually talk to u=you when you're having problems.
     
  4. TomW6

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  5. TonyL4

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    My corporate IT team upgraded me to PD 13 when they installed my new Windows 10 guest computer, and like all of you I am completely aghast that multi-display does not work properly. I have gotten it to work by using the Mission Control "Displays have separate Spaces" fix, but that to me makes my MAC side almost useless. This is unacceptable for a company the size of PD to ignore. I previously had switched from VMWare FUsion to Paralells based on the fact that back then VMWare was having significant issues with dual screens. Now I am stuck between the two largest vendors and their broken products.
     
  6. MarcusD2

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    Any official word on this from Parallels? They keep prompting me to upgrade given High Sierra is just around the corner, but I want the multiple displays to work the same way it does in PD11, which is exactly how I want it to be!
     
  7. TxAg

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    So far Parallels 11 is working for me in High Sierra. I'd rather not have to switch to VMWare Fusion as 8.5 leaves a few things to be desired BUT it does support multiple monitors properly. I am eagerly awaiting Fusion 10 to see if I can drop PD11 altogether and move forward with a platform that is being actively developed. All Parallels has to do is add the custom fullscreen checkbox from PD11 to PD12 or PD13 and my problem would be solved. Why they haven't done so boggles my mind.
     
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  8. JamesMcDowell

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    Just upgraded to PD13 and within the first 5 minutes found myself here. Every time I give these guys money I regret it. As this has problem has existed for two versions I guess they consider it as fine. I'm going to try and get a refund. If enough of us demand our money back maybe they'll actually address it.


    EDIT: I got my refund. Sad, I would have rather they addressed the problem. Using "Displays Have Separate Spaces" isn't an option as one of the screens is a video display and can't have the menu at the top. If they ever fix this (which doesn't seem likely) I may be back.

    On a side note I'm glad I didn't go in for the subscription. It would have meant I'd paid the last two years for products that aren't usable.
     
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2017
  9. Ken5

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    It looks like Parallels isn't going to do anything about this.
    I remembered someone posted that they were using TotalSpaces2 to be able to work with Sync'd mutilpe fullscreen desktops. I have now given it a try and to my surprise it works!!
    The set up I have gone for is:

    Installed TotalSPaces2 (initially in trial node) having followed instructions and followed switching off & on SIP (Instruction on website).

    MAC OSX (High Sierra) In Mission Control - Group Windows By Application
    - Displays have seperate Spaces
    TotalSpaces2 - In Layout - SyncGrids - Checked
    - Added the correct desktop before opening Parallels
    - In Transitions - Use Transitions
    - Swipe to change Spaces (4 Fingers)

    Then Voila - everything works as before.
    I top this off with Hyperdock and it's nearly perfection.
    I am not sure if you need all the above setting but it works for me.
    Hope this help someone - I certainly feel it's restored me to 99% back to old PD11 - If only Parallels would do the same.
    Ken

    [I do not work for or have any connection to either Hyperdock or TotalSpaces2]
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2017
  10. JamesMcDowell

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    Thanks Ken5;

    Quick question, are you able to get this to work without a menu bar at the top of each screen? I could use "each display has a separate space" but that gives me a menu bar at the top of each screen, which is a problem on the display we are outputting video to.

    Still it's a shame we have to use someone elses software to fix Parallels
     
  11. Ken5

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    Hi James

    I don't see any menu bar on either of the two monitors I am using. The one issue I have come across is that when I have more than 3 OSX desktops it seems to get confused. Other than that it seems to work well. Why not give the trial version of Totalspaces2 a go?

    Happy to help describe my set up more if needed.

    Ken
     
  12. SuperP

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    @Ken5

    Ok, I'll bite. Haha. I installed TotalSpaces2 and followed your instructions, but I can't seem to get there. The discrepancy I have, is I don't see a "sync grids" checkbox at all, in TotalSpaces2.

    In my configuration, I have two monitors, and (with parallels running) three desktops. The first desktop is OS X, and parallels is the other two. Each with one monitor's worth of info displayed, and the other "half" being black.

    I've got separate spaces turned on in settings, as well as group windows by application.

    Thanks for your glimmer of hope here.

    As an added caveat for others, I ended up here after a perfectly working setup in parallels 11. However, in my case, my windows VM is my boot camp partition. When I upgraded to High Sierra, the file system got (automatically for machines with SSDs as I understand it) upgraded to the new APFS. Unsurprisingly, parallels 11 isn't compatible with it, and I can't run my boot camp VM. I'm too defeated and frustrated to roll back OS X, reinstall Windows, etc etc. As someone else mentioned, 11 is two generations old anyway, so I don't want to fight this battle forever.

    Edit: If I reopen TotalSpaces2, I do see the "Sync Grids" checkbox, along with a drop down to select my display. However if I click another tab, and then back to Layout, that checkbox and drop down disappears. Odd.

    Edit 2: Alright, I'm not totally sure how/why, but selecting my second monitor in that dropdown, while I had the chance, seems to have fixed it, and now the grid is behaving as @Ken5 described. The one annoying aspect that still persists (with or without TotalSpaces2) is when you move your mouse cursor from one monitor to another (in the VM), it loses focus "in" the VM itself, and you'll see it turn from (windows) white, to (OS X) black. Probably not a deal-breaker, but ultimately I'm thinking I may rather deal with VMWare Fusion's quirks, since they at least have a multi-display fullscreen that works without the whole separate spaces debacle. @Ken5, you're a champ. Thanks for your efforts. It's far more than parallels has offered us.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2017
  13. Craig4

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    This is not just a Windows issue, I have this very same issue running Ubuntu.
    This worked fine in PD11, I have 2 monitors, and in Ubuntu they both showed up as 2 monitors and they could be configured separately.
    Since I was forced to switch to PD12 (I had to in order to support the latest version), it is now only seen as 1 giant wide monitor.
    I'm sure this stems from the same issue and it needs to be fixed.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017

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