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Windows 7: Can't use both displays while using Media Center

12 Dec 2009   #1
hostelo

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Can't use both displays while using Media Center

Hi.

I just wanted to ask, why is while I have media center maximized in my extended display (Plasma TV) I can't use my other monitor while watching a movie or in the media center.

When I try to drag the mouse over to my PC Monitor it does not go.

This only happens while Media Center is Maximized which is always because that is what I use the Plasma for.

I wanted to be able to be watching a movie on the plasma and use the computer with the other monitor a the same time.

Please Help.


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12 Dec 2009   #2
krvic

Win 7 Home Premium
 
 

Check out The Maxifier - The Maxifier

It will do what you want to do. Great program.
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12 Dec 2009   #3
Qdos

 

The Maxifier is in BETA for Windows7 and whilst it works, it's also buggy. It looks like the final build will be promising - assuming Microsoft don't fix this horrible WMC bug when releasing SP1...

It does not intercept WMC windows when you are reviving the program from a screen minimize operation, it only intercepts the program and takes control from a startup situation (and if you've got recordings scheduled, or running in the background, it's not a very good idea to force a full program interupt and restart!)
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13 Dec 2009   #4
z3r010

 

The way I get around this is pressing alt+tab after starting media center then moving my mouse to one of my other displays.
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13 Dec 2009   #5
smarteyeball

 
 

Similar method to the above, but I just tap the WIN key and then click on my second monitor.
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13 Dec 2009   #6
Qdos

 

Tapping the Win key does indeed work...

However if you're recording anything have you noticed the results?
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13 Dec 2009   #7
smarteyeball

 
 

Can't say that I have mate as I never record. It doesn't appear to affect the frame buffer for FF/Pause, so i suspect not.

Now I'll have to give it a go and see to make sure
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13 Dec 2009   #8
z3r010

 

Cant say I've noticed anything, but then again I don't record very often.
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13 Dec 2009   #9
smackheadz

windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 

[QUOTE=hostelo;438549]Hi.

I just wanted to ask, why is while I have media center maximized in my extended display (Plasma TV) I can't use my other monitor while watching a movie or in the media center.

When I try to drag the mouse over to my PC Monitor it does not go.

This only happens while Media Center is Maximized which is always because that is what I use the Plasma for.

I wanted to be able to be watching a movie on the plasma and use the computer with the other monitor a the same time.

instead of maximizing try dragging the screen.
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13 Dec 2009   #10
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Qdos View Post
Tapping the Win key does indeed work...

However if you're recording anything have you noticed the results?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
Cant say I've noticed anything, but then again I don't record very often.
I just did a quick check and it didn't affect either the frame buffer or a recording.

The only downside is that to change channels etc you have to 'lock' back into MC to do it. A simple mouse over would indeed be nice.
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