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post #1 of 16
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I retired my CRT monitor and I now have a LCD...

But my video card has 2 outputs on the back.

What options do I have to setup both monitors?

is it possible to have 1 monitor playing a full screen game and the other monitor that is on my desktop so I chat on msn without alt tabbing?


if so how can i do this
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post #2 of 16
no you wont be able to chat while playing games but u should use both monitors if u got em
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post #3 of 16
hook each monitor to a different DVI output and have the monitor on the right "extend the desktop". this way you can be playing a game on the left and using MSN on the right.
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post #4 of 16
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well i have my main monitor on my desk in front of me and the other to my left side... they are not side by side... how can I extend the desktop?


I would like to use both because when I play WOW i can use the other monitor to check thottbot and what not...

how do I tell the PC i want to use my mouse on the desktop while playing a game?
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post #5 of 16
yeah you have a few options you can make both monitors show the same thing or you can stretch the desktop so its just all one big screen or you can make it so one is your main desktop and the other is a screen where you can drag windows i dunno try it and see
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post #6 of 16
When using 2 monitors, you can play a game on one, and chat on the other... if the game can run in a window.

If it's fullscreen only, clicking on MSN or whatever will minimize the game.

Hitting alt-tab with the game in a window will let you use the mouse again.
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post #7 of 16
pause the game but once u do it will shrink the game down anyway unfortunatly
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post #8 of 16
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well I hooked my CRT to the right DVI (used the extention because my monitor is analog) and my LCD on the left.


I got the second monitor as extended but the other monitor only shows my desktop background... no tool bars or anything
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post #9 of 16
exactlly now drag something on to it
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post #10 of 16
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I think im getting the hang of it now. but when I put WoW in Window mode i get like 2 FPS... kinda sucks...


there is no way to have it so a fullscreen game i can just pull the cursor off the screen to the other one?

WoW does work well with my video card in window mode... im kinda wondering what benefit this extended desktop has
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