connecting computer screen and tv screen at once?

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by bradski, Feb 17, 2006.

  1. bradski

    bradski Guest

    i have a dual processor pentium with media center, and i was wondering if i
    can connect both my computer screen and my tv screen to it at once, and be
    able to work on my computer while the media center runs on the tv?
    bradski, Feb 17, 2006
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  2. bradski

    Jaime Guest

    Have you noticed you already got an answer when you posted this same
    question two days ago?
    Jaime, Feb 17, 2006
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  3. Yes and no. You can certainly connect both. You can tell your display card's
    software to send output to both. You can set each to its own specific
    resolution. However...

    The TV needs to be the primary display. Every program you start will come up
    on the TV, and you'll need to move it to the monitor by dragging the window.
    You can start playing content in Media Center on the TV. You'll then need to
    hit the Windows key on your keyboard, which will allow the mouse to be moved
    to the monitor. So if the program(s) you wish to use are already up and
    running and moved to the monitor, you're good to go. However, only one
    program in Windows can "have the focus", which means if you're working with
    stuff on the monitor, the remote control will no longer control Media
    Center, as its input follows the focus, just like the keyboard and mouse.

    So it's not a perfect solution...

    A better solution would be to get a real high resolution flat panel (like
    that 30" Dell, with 1920x1200) and shrink the Media Center window so you
    could use it side by side with your applications. I believe the price on
    that monitor is down to about $900...

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Feb 17, 2006
  4. bradski

    MikeM Guest

    I have a monitor and HDTV connected to my MCE box. I have mine set so the
    monitor is the primary display and programs always start on the monitor. I
    have the desktop extended to the TV and once I opened media center, I dragged
    it to the TV and maximized it (full screen). Resolutions on the two displays
    are different 1600x1200 (monitor) and 1280x720 (TV).

    I agree that the mouse capture issue is a bit of a pain when both the
    monitor and TV are being used. MC keeps trying to capture the mouse
    everytime a close a program or use the remote. Usually, I'm only doing one
    thing at a time and I tend to close MC and turn the TV off when not using it.

    MikeM, Feb 17, 2006
  5. I was under the impression that MCE had to run on the primary monitor
    because DirectX9 wasn't supported on a secondary monitor. Sounds like that's
    changed. Which video adapter are you using?

    Dana Cline - MCE MVP
    Dana Cline - MVP, Feb 17, 2006
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