Performs a display device switch, a state change in which the video signal going to one display device is sent to another, possibly different type of display device. After the display device switch, the video signal can be sent to one or both display devices. When the video port driver receives a notification to switch display devices, it sends this IOCTL to the miniport driver. Normally, this IOCTL is sent after IOCTL_VIDEO_VALIDATE_CHILD_STATE_CONFIGURATION indicates that the miniport driver is ready to make the switch. If the miniport driver is capable of switching display devices, it should do so and set the Status member of StatusBlock to NO_ERROR.

If the miniport driver is not capable of performing the display device switch, it can set the Status member of StatusBlock to an appropriate error value (described in the StatusBlock section), choosing not to handle the request. Although this request is optional, it is highly recommended that the miniport driver handle this request. Failure to do so forces a call to the BIOS to handle the display device switch, which can be very inefficient, and can have an adverse effect on the system's robustness.

IOCTL_VIDEO_SET_CHILD_STATE_CONFIGURATION is synchronous. After this IOCTL is sent, IOCTL_VIDEO_GET_CHILD_STATE should reflect the new state.

This request is modal.

Major code


Input buffer

The VRP InputBuffer contains a VIDEO_CHILD_STATE_CONFIGURATION structure.

Output buffer


Status block

The miniport driver sets the Status member to NO_ERROR if it is capable of performing the display device switch. If it is not able to carry out this operation, the miniport driver can set Status to an appropriate error value, or do nothing at all.


Requirement Value
Header ntddvdeo.h

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