Running games fullscreen on dual screen? 6 replies

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#1 5 years ago

Yellow!

Well, I just got a new screen from my big bro, and I succesfully connected it to my PC as dual monitor and whatnot. The new one has better resolution, is bigger and neater colors = more of a gaming monitor.

Now, the thing is that whenever I run a game in fullscreen, it runs on the old monitor (which right now is the primary) and I would like to run it on the secondary without having to change those settings, if it even is possible.

The other thing is that when I'm in-game on a monitor, and switch to, let's say skype, on the other non-game monitor, I get this "flash", as if I had just alt+tab'd. Is this an expected behaviour, or is there something I have to configure?

When it comes to dual monitors, I'm a complete noob, so excuse the seemingly stupid questions, but yeah... I have no idea whatsoever, and I consider it a lucky shot they even worked :lulz:

Running on Win XP, if that's anything =p


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#2 5 years ago

I learned this too when I got a dual screen setup for the first time;

Fistly, fullscreen games are going to run on the primary monitor, so you're going to have to change that setting in order to play that game fullscreen on that monitor. No way around that although some games support dual screens and can have options for this or even utilise both screens.

Secondly, if you do try to use a program on the second screen, you're essentially ALT-tabbing out and the behavour is the same, you're defocusing the fullscreen game, so, sadly, it's not possible to type on Skype and play a game at the same time, for example.

You may want to consider a move to Windows 7 though as the dual screen support is much more improved over XP.


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#3 5 years ago

Good to know I wasn't all that lost then :p

Well, thank you for the help. It's not such an annoying thing anyway, but yeah, I know now at least ^^


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#4 5 years ago

Yeah, you get used to it.

I'm not sure if you can do it on XP, possibly on Windows 7, and Windows 8, you can press Windows Key and the left and right arrows, and it moves a program from one monitor to the other one.

Can be immensely useful in certain situations.


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#5 5 years ago

Your other option is to run the game in a maximized window, which lets you move it around at will and use other programs without tabbing out.




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#6 5 years ago

Yeah, I've found that the best option is to run them windowed, although most of my games seem to take the smallest monitors resolution per default. but it works =p

What else is the purpose of dual screen anyway?


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#7 5 years ago

More real estate, basically. I have one monitor rotated to portrait, with my main screen in landscape, so I basically find it useful to have on my portrait monitor a web browser, e-mail or other reading-type stuff, so I can have that on one screen and my workspace on the other. Also I have a Xbox 360 hooked into my main monitor, so I can still use Skype, browse the web, look at my emails while using the Xbox or watching TV, etc. So lots of uses really.


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