Tutorial MXWendler EDID Manager
April 2017 with MXWendler software version 5.
In each situation (live, in a club, in a booth or at home) in which working with multiple displays is necessary,
a tool to control the EDID management of your graphic card outputs can be really handy.
The MXWendler EDID Manager is fast, easy and effective.
In this tutorial we will see how to use the EDID Manager to setup and ensure a multi display installation with the MXWendler FXServer EDID Manager.
What does EDID mean?
The Extended Display Identification Data (EDID) is a data structure provided by a digital display to
describe its capabilities to a video source (e.g. graphics card or set-top box).
It is what enables a modern personal computer to know what kind of monitors are connected.
Securing the Display Setup
1. Connect and configure:
Before starting to work on the EDID Management please connect your displays to the outputs of your graphic card
and configure their position and resolution, according to your purpose, in the system´s display settings.
2. Launch the EDID Manager:
The FXServer EDID Manager can always be found in the FXServer program directory.
- Navigate to the MXWendler program folder.
- eg. C:\Program Files (x86)\mxw_fxserver_52
- Double click on the EDID Manager to open it:
- the filename should be: MXW_EDID_MGR
3. Save the display configuration:
Especially by working with multiple display or projector installations in live events, for instance on stages,
loosing the display configuration because of the disconnection of a cable could be an annoying problem.
By saving the display configuration the EDID Manager offers two important advantages:
- If a cable is disconnected and reconnected the configuration is not lost, the EDID Manager will let the computer believe that all the displays are still at their place.
- The image will be missing just on the disconnected output until it is disconnected.
- (this is possible only until the EDID of the display remains the same. Connecting a different device means new configuration.)
- The saved configuration can be recalled in a couple of seconds. When working in with ten or more displays this can save really much time!
- (A) Click on the button that says Save configuration as in the lower-right corner of the EDID Manager.
- (B) Type the desired name and click on ok.
- (C) The saved configuration will appear in the white box on the right and will be selectable with a mouse click.
- (D) Once the saved configuration is selected it will be possible to recall it by clicking: Apply Display Configuration.
Try to save your configuration, change the position of your screens in the display settings and confirm.
Then load the configuration you saved and your displays will be back right in place in some seconds!
In some cases a display may be not recognized from the OS.
With the EDID Emulation the identification data of another display can be copied from a SOURCE and used for the unrecognized display.
- (A) Right-click on a connector connected to a working display and select:
- Use as EDID source for other connectors the word SOURCE will appear on top of the chosen connector.
- (B) Select the connector with the unrecognized display (or more than one, the same EDID can be emulated on multiple outputs)
- (C) Click on Apply Source EDID to all selected connectors
In few seconds the display will be recognized from the OS with the characteristics of the source display.
Trough the activation of the Global Persistence function, the EDID Manager forces the computer to keep the display configuration.
This means that until a cable is disconnected and reconnected to the same connector or port, the display configuration will not be changed.
The software will keep playing and the content will be missing just in the disconnected output.
As said before, connecting a new display, a different converter or an extender between the display and the connector,
will probably cause a re-scan and a new configuration will be needed.