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Windows 7: Second Monitor

17 Jun 2010   #1
adt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
Second Monitor

Hi guys,

I now have a second monitor and I need to set it up. I've connected it and it's working. I would like to use my primary monitor for gaming and the secondary for IM applications such as MSN. I've tried moving MSN into the secondary monitor and running a game on the primary. Everytime I pause the game, then click on MSN the game I have running on the primary monitor minimizes. Is there any way I can stop this from happening?

Looking forward to your suggestions


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17 Jun 2010   #2
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

There's no way, unless you run the game in windowed-mode, maximized. Also, if you want your signature to show as a picture instead of a link, wrap [ sigpic ] [/ sigpic ] (no spaces) around the link.
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17 Jun 2010   #3
adt

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply, Fred. I will have to run my games in windowed mode from now on.
And yeah I had the signature as an image but for some reason it got changed into a link.
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17 Jun 2010   #4
archie123

Win 10 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

short answer...........no mate there isnt , you still have only one desktop its just spanned over two monitors , just imagine you have the one monitor and wanted to send an IM , it doesnt work any differantly because you have 2
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17 Jun 2010   #5
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

I wish it was different, but as archie said, it must be windowed.

I have gotten quite used to this constraint with my dual setup, but its not too bad overall.

~Lordbob
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18 Jun 2010   #6
archie123

Win 10 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

and the problem with windowed mode is it affects your framerate , which is another pain in the rear , i remeber getting a second monotor a few years ago thinking i could game on one and do stuff on the other , i was in for a shock the wife bought a new laptop , i now have her old one sat next to me when im gaming Its usefull as we have out own gaming servers so i can run the admin software on the lappy and kick people as i see fit without leaving the comfort of my game , but thats an expensive solution unless you have an old steam powered laptop like this one
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18 Jun 2010   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by archie123 View Post
and the problem with windowed mode is it affects your framerate , which is another pain in the rear
Never seen that... What do you mean?

~Lordbob
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18 Jun 2010   #8
Product FRED

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by archie123 View Post
and the problem with windowed mode is it affects your framerate , which is another pain in the rear
Never seen that... What do you mean?

~Lordbob
Me neither. Aero (if activated) is still running in the background, as well as Explorer itself, whether or not the application is running in fullscreen.
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18 Jun 2010   #9
zzz2496

Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Lordbob, ProductFRED, some games drops framerate when ran in Windowed mode, not all... I have a Korean MMORPG, an old game, still stutters and drops framerate when ran in windowed mode (average FPS in windowed mode is around 30-40fps with stutters every now and then) but ran butter smooth in fullscreen mode (this game was released in 2002 or something..).

zzz2496
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18 Jun 2010   #10
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zzz2496 View Post
Lordbob, ProductFRED, some games drops framerate when ran in Windowed mode, not all... I have a Korean MMORPG, an old game, still stutters and drops framerate when ran in windowed mode (average FPS in windowed mode is around 30-40fps with stutters every now and then) but ran butter smooth in fullscreen mode (this game was released in 2002 or something..).

zzz2496
Odd indeed.

~Lordbob
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