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Hi, ive just set up dual monitors untill i can sell the old 1 lol. Currently im watching a dvd on the secondary monitor, but was wondering if there is any way i can watch the dvd on 1 monitor and play sum css on the other monitor? When i load the game up the film on the secondary screen goes off.
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In my experience you have to play CSS in Windowed mode, I have tried this also and it just doesn't work, but if you window the game it works fine.
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Ok nice1. Thanks
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Expect a huge decrease in FPS. Dual monitors really affect performance.

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Expect a huge decrease in FPS. Dual monitors really affect performance.

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Not true in my experience, but it kinda depends on what is happening on the other monitors, if they are just sitting there will, say, IRC open then it really doesn't affect FPS that much, or not noticeable.
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Expect a huge decrease in FPS. Dual monitors really affect performance.

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only if you use a PC from the 50's

Anyway, in XP you need to use windowed mode for the game.

In Vista you can run the game maximized but the video can only be run in windowed mode.
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Expect a huge decrease in FPS. Dual monitors really affect performance.

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not true, im running 2 3870's and i have hdmi going to my hk avr-247 receiver which takes audio and video from my video card and then plays through my 5.1 surround sound and video on my 42inch lg 120hz lcd also dvi to my samsung 19 inch monitor.

I usually extend my desktop to my tv and throw wmp up to watch movies / tv shows while i play aoc on my 19inch sound with headset.

also i'm running crossfire and this works perfectly, i remember hearing people talking about duel video cards and not being able to use more than 1 monitor.

I guess i should also note im using 64bit windows vista and when i first got my cards back in jan i tried to do the same with windows xp and wasnt as successful.
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not true, im running 2 3870's and i have hdmi going to my hk avr-247 receiver which takes audio and video from my video card and then plays through my 5.1 surround sound and video on my 42inch lg 120hz lcd also dvi to my samsung 19 inch monitor.

I usually extend my desktop to my tv and throw wmp up to watch movies / tv shows while i play aoc on my 19inch sound with headset.

also i'm running crossfire and this works perfectly, i remember hearing people talking about duel video cards and not being able to use more than 1 monitor.

I guess i should also note im using 64bit windows vista and when i first got my cards back in jan i tried to do the same with windows xp and wasnt as successful.
**bows before e-peen**

nice way to turn a question into a show-off thread


now back on topic:
--dual monitors have negligible affect on performance as long as you have half-decent discrete graphics
***CASE IN POINT:with my old rig, I had a 7600GT and it displayed dual monitors each 1600X1200 just fine. Played windowed 1024X768 CSS in one screen. (play all games windowed if you use dual monitors) for reference, the cpu was an old A64 (3800+) so you should be more than fine
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nice way to turn a question into a show-off thread
This coming from the same guy who had two 9800 GX2's in his sig a few weeks ago, dubbing it the uber CUDA workstation or something?

And no, multiple monitors should not decrease FPS.. The operating system covers most of the overhead required... If you're playing Crysis on Very high with all the glam, you'd probably see some difference, but no on CSS...
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