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Ok, my video card supports running 2 moniters and I would like to run my games on one, and be able to run the internet on the other. I was just wondering how this works really. Anyone with experience in this and could explain how it works? For example, since I'm only using one mouse and keyboard, will I have to somehow switch between moniters, or will the mouse have the same movement on both moniters? And if it does have the same movement, how will it know that I want to click or type something on one moniter instead of the other. Sorry, complete noobie in this area.

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The other monitor will shut off when you run games...To bad. it would be the same as ALT+TAB

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Nope.. sorry. Your second monitor will just shut off untill you exit the game. If you alt-tab you will be back to where you started. having to leave the game to read something.

 

Unless you can run the game windowed. (like an old Civ game. :) )

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i have dual monitors and love it. although most apps, including benches, generally only run on one and lock the other, BUT what ive found to be EXTREMELY useful, is running lets say 3dmark on my primary and opening mbm5 on the other. so i can monitor temps WHILE running the bench. same thing with games. you cant access mbm once its running, but having it displayed is usuful. running a game in a windows wouldnt nec solve your problem cause the game would be taking up so many resources doing anything else will be hindered. although if its not too crazy of a game, then good. but anything newer LAGGGG. you can open a webpage on the other monitor, but when the game loads it distorts the resolution on the seconday monitor, so it might not be fully useful. but beyond that i usually run photoshop or premiere, and have walk throughs, or guides running on the secondaty monitor as well as itunes, ect...i cant see myself ever going back to a single monitor. o. i use 1 lcd,1crt. the crt is for the color accuracy in photoshop mainly.

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i have dual monitors and love it. although most apps, including benches, generally only run on one and lock the other, BUT what ive found to be EXTREMELY useful, is running lets say 3dmark on my primary and opening mbm5 on the other. so i can monitor temps WHILE running the bench. same thing with games. you cant access mbm once its running, but having it displayed is usuful. running a game in a windows wouldnt nec solve your problem cause the game would be taking up so many resources doing anything else will be hindered. although if its not too crazy of a game, then good. but anything newer LAGGGG. you can open a webpage on the other monitor, but when the game loads it distorts the resolution on the seconday monitor, so it might not be fully useful. but beyond that i usually run photoshop or premiere, and have walk throughs, or guides running on the secondaty monitor as well as itunes, ect...i cant see myself ever going back to a single monitor. o. i use 1 lcd,1crt. the crt is for the color accuracy in photoshop mainly.

 

 

you can run windowed mode on many games with newer hardware, thus giving you control of your desktop even while playing. personally i like fullscreen better.

 

I play games in Dual View mode mainly, because it allows the other monitor to be seen, like you said with walkthroughs or whatnot. i always have mbm5's dashboard on the second monitor to see temps while playing a game

 

in Horizontal Span mode (which i like better because the taskbar goes all the way across both mons) the other monitor will either go black or actually span the game (except Q4 or any OGL game), so it's not so usefull. to combat this, i set up a hotkey in nView to show the "display scheme" menu, that way i can easily switch back and forth.

 

as far as the resolution changing on your second monitor, that's because your playing the game at a different res than your desktop. i have both dtop and games set to 12x10 and that fixes that.

 

Ok, my video card supports running 2 moniters and I would like to run my games on one, and be able to run the internet on the other. I was just wondering how this works really. Anyone with experience in this and could explain how it works? For example, since I'm only using one mouse and keyboard, will I have to somehow switch between moniters, or will the mouse have the same movement on both moniters? And if it does have the same movement, how will it know that I want to click or type something on one moniter instead of the other. Sorry, complete noobie in this area.

 

back on topic, GET dual monitors... you'll NEVER go back. spend an hour working with excel spreadsheets or word documents, even webbrowsing and you'll see the difference like night and day.

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i didnt even think about the diff resolutions. i run my monitors at 1280x 1024 and usually game at 1024 so that explains that. i had no idea why it did that. thanks.

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I run two Dell widescreens in Dualview and love it. I game, surf, or work on one and watch tv, mbm5, Trillian, email, and IRC on the other... no problems.

 

Any full screen type program that you have to alt-tab out of with a single monitor is the same in Dualview however the other monitor is fully active display wise.

 

I couldn't go back to a single monitor now...

 

-pickles

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