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Windows 7: Help me understand dual monitor

06 Feb 2010   #1
dru37

Windows 7
 
 
Help me understand dual monitor

Based on my experimenting with dual monitors; it appears that you can 1) output the desktop to one monitor at a time, 2) output the desktop to both monitors simultaneously, or 3) use in 'extend' mode where the 2nd monitor extends the workspace of the desktop.

I would like to direct the output of one app to one of the monitors while the rest of the desktop continues to display on the primary monitor? In my case, I want to send the Windows Media Center output to my HDTV in another room via (a long) HDMI cable, while still using my desktop in my office.

I currently have a PNY GeForce 9400 GT video card.

Is this possible?


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06 Feb 2010   #2
safariman

XP Pro waiting for Win 7 Home.
 
 

When you extend the display, you just drag what you want to the desired screen and maximize it. Havent used media centre so dont know if its any different, but i drag everything across and maximize it. I currently use mine for photoshop, have the work area on 1 screen and the tools on the other. Hope this answers your question.
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06 Feb 2010   #3
Kari

 

Hello Dru, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Like Safariman above told, use extended desktop mode and just drag WMC to the secondary display. When you maximize WMC it has a bad habit: it hijacks your mouse cursor. To get cursor back to the primary display you have to press Win-key and move cursor away from WMC display.

Kari


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06 Feb 2010   #4
dru37

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you, works a bit different than I had expected.

But this brought up another issue. I currently output audio from my desktop via a SB X-Fi Xtreme audio card to my harmon kardon Soundsticks. So the sound for monitor #2 still plays on my desktop, even though the video now shows only on the TV in the other room.
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06 Feb 2010   #5
Kari

 

Can you find an HDMI out option in Playback Devices? Your GeForce card should IMO be able to carry audio signal.

Kari


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