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Windows 7: How to stop Media Center from locking my screen/mouse

15 Jan 2010   #1
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 
How to stop Media Center from locking my screen/mouse

Ok I have multiple monitors & like to watch movies while I do other things at the same time.

Now I LOVE Media Center, I think its fantastic.

But it locks down the monitor & mouse that it opens up on, not allowing me to do other things on my other monitors.

Is there any way to turn this feature off so I can enjoy MC?


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15 Jan 2010   #2
z3r010

 

There is no way to turn it off, but you can alt+tab or press the win key to get the mouse back to your other screen.
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15 Jan 2010   #3
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
There is no way to turn it off, but you can alt+tab or press the win key to get the mouse back to your other screen.
Hmm. It seems that if I click on the MC sometimes it will unlock the mouse?

But every time I click off MC & onto another screen or back onto the MC, all of my screens flicker/reset?

That sucks theres no way to turn that off?
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31 Jan 2010   #4
paintbalforjesu

Windows 7 64 and ubuntu ultimate edition 64
 
 

I found a tool that will use a work around to fix this problem here: Multiple Monitor support. - The Green Button

I think this program actually just resizes the window so that it is just bigger than your display so you can't see the border and it looks full screen, but doesn't act full screen and capture your mouse. It does its job pretty well for my purposes.
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31 Jan 2010   #5
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by paintbalforjesu View Post
I found a tool that will use a work around to fix this problem here: Multiple Monitor support. - The Green Button

I think this program actually just resizes the window so that it is just bigger than your display so you can't see the border and it looks full screen, but doesn't act full screen and capture your mouse. It does its job pretty well for my purposes.
Is that something that I'll have to do every time? Or once I install it it just runs in the background?

How exactly does this work? Because I like to drag my windows from screens to screens a lot so I dont want anything being locked on one screen...
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01 Feb 2010   #6
paintbalforjesu

Windows 7 64 and ubuntu ultimate edition 64
 
 

it puts an icon in the taskbar and when you want it full screen you double click on that icon to resize it. You can also double click on it to return it to its original size. If you right click on it you can "send to" any screen on your computer. It's not a big download, you can download it and play with it and delete it if you don't like it. It doesn't even install anything, it's just an exe.
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19 Feb 2010   #7
bluc

windows 7rc x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Ok I have multiple monitors & like to watch movies while I do other things at the same time.

Now I LOVE Media Center, I think its fantastic.

But it locks down the monitor & mouse that it opens up on, not allowing me to do other things on my other monitors.

Is there any way to turn this feature off so I can enjoy MC?
Had same problem found solution here The Maxifier
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21 Feb 2010   #8
JohnnyScience

Windows 7 64 & Ubuntu 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bluc View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post
Ok I have multiple monitors & like to watch movies while I do other things at the same time.

Now I LOVE Media Center, I think its fantastic.

But it locks down the monitor & mouse that it opens up on, not allowing me to do other things on my other monitors.

Is there any way to turn this feature off so I can enjoy MC?
Had same problem found solution here The Maxifier
Hmm this sounds interesting. Technically I have 4 monitors hooked up to my computer, three 19" & a 46" Samsung

Any idea if that program will still work? It just mentions 2 monitors...
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31 Aug 2010   #9
wulfhound

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
A warning on Multimon

I downloaded this today and when I went to install, Comodo gave me this error:

Worm.Win32.AutoIt.~NS@87254559

I realize this is an old thread but Avast did not pick up anything. I guess use your own judgement. I know that Comodo picks up a *lot* of stuff that Avast misses, which is why I use both now.
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05 Sep 2010   #10
DemonSeed

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JohnnyScience View Post

Hmm this sounds interesting. Technically I have 4 monitors hooked up to my computer, three 19" & a 46" Samsung

Any idea if that program will still work? It just mentions 2 monitors...
Yes the Maxifier works very well with 4 screens. I use it on my 4 screen setup and wouldn't know what to do without it.

It's configurable so you can tell it what screen you would like MC to run in and it will always push MC to that screen and unlock the mouse.
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