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I have a 22" WS and a 17" monitor running a dual monitor setup. Currently with extended desktop. How can I play a fullscreen game on one and use the other on the other on the desktop (for instant messaging, firefox, etc.)? Or is this not possible? Or do I need monitors with the same resolution?
When I play a fullscreen game, the other monitor is basically disabled. I can't navigate to it. It stays on but I just can't interact within it. What can I do?
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you can play your games in windowed mode. while you're gaming, the only way to get to the stuff in your second monitor is to Alt/Tab, which will minimize your game anyway. the nice thing about gaming with a second monitor is that you can see what's going on in the #2 while you're gaming on #1. i like to have system monitors and temp sensors on #2 while i game so i can see my actual load temps. another cool thing is when i'm on TeamSpeak, i can see who enters the chat room when new people come on.
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as a side note some games will automarically scale to the 2 monitors (older ones). However using alt tab during high sysem load times can be not pleasent. On mine it sometimes craps out. But its the only way and worth the tradeoff
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Originally Posted by iampoor View Post
using alt tab during high sysem load times can be not pleasent.
he has an E6600; he can Alt/Tab i've never had a game automatically scale the two monitors. you set that stuff up in CCC. it asks if you want to stretch your desk, extend your desktop, or clone it. the only time a game would scale would be if you have it set on Stretch.
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Hmm..thanks everyone. I was looking for something other than alt+tab. I was wondering if it was possible to keep the game in full and somehow still use the monitor. Guess not. It would be much better if I had two monitors the same resolution.
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Originally Posted by dannyyboii View Post
I was wondering if it was possible to keep the game in full and somehow still use the monitor.
think about it. if you're playing an FPS game, you wouldn't want your mouse cursor to fly off the game screen and go onto your second monitor Alt/Tab is the only way. i was a little disappointed the first time i tried it too until i thought it through. it's good that the mouse stays stuck in your game unless you want it to go to your other monitor.

an exception to this rule is on some games, if i'm in a menu i can just move the mouse over to my second monitor. it still minimizes the game when i click another window though.
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