Playing games on Dual Monitors?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Games' started by Helpmeplease!!!!, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. Hi, I had a simple question that I just can't find the answer to. I have two
    monitors, a 32" LCD and a 19" CRT. I am running a dual monitor setup
    (extended desktop) and I want my primary to be the CRT and secondary the LCD.
    I know how to do that.

    However, what I wanted was to play my games in the LCD, but everytime I try
    I can't get them to play in the LCD. They always play in my CRT. The only way
    to play is to use my LCD monitor as a primary, and I do not want to do that.

    Is there a way to get the games to play in your secondary monitor?

    PS- I'm running vista 32Bit
    Helpmeplease!!!!, Jul 14, 2007
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    Spirit Guest

    Can't you reduce the screen size of game and drag to other monitor? I can
    Spirit, Jul 14, 2007
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    Andy Guest

    It depends on the game, some games don't let you go to "Windowed Mode" and
    move the window around and on a lot of systems your primary monitor
    (Assuming you're using 2 different connections on the SAME video card) has
    the majority of your graphic processing power, and the secondary monitor is
    just there for basic use like extended desktop stuff.

    If you have a really powerful video card then you might be able to do this
    on SOME games, but MOST games that use DirectX you have to run on your
    Primary monitor.

    Short Question: Is there a way?
    Short Answer: Depends on the game, but usually No.
    Andy, Jul 16, 2007
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    Coryrbk Guest

    On just a bout all of my games i have i can window them.. as a matter o
    fact, out of about 18 games or so everyone i have got windowed ones lik
    MW2 and COD4 those were more difficult though because they didnet giv
    the option i went into my profile folder and put in the cfg_map o
    something like that /r_fullscreen 1 (sorry for spelling guys :)
    Coryrbk, Feb 11, 2010
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    kuwlij Guest

    I've been having the same exact dilemma!
    I've been looking for some kind of software that can allow you to choose
    which screen to play a game on, even if the game doesn't support it from
    in-game options.

    I think.. the ONLY way i see this being done feasibly is to have some
    kind of launcher that changes the primary display to the 32" screen
    before launching the game, then resets back the settings once you exit
    the game.

    i'm sure someone with basic programming skills can devise this kind of
    ... anyone?
    kuwlij, Mar 15, 2010
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    niemiro Guest

    There is no really easy way to do this. The only way that it coul
    feasably be done would be to pass keyboard signals to the computer, t
    open up Display Properties and make the necessary changes, all throug
    the automated keyboard

    niemiro, Mar 21, 2010
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    kuwlij Guest

    You're thinking as in some kind of macro playback thing?.. hmm.. wel
    since my post I tried fiddling about with a program called Ultramon.
    feature of this prog is that it can save a kind of customized displa
    setting to a file which changes to it upon double click (or run).. s
    what i did was set 2 profile settings, one with TV as primary the
    another with 19" monitor as primary.. then in notepad typed in somethin
    like this:

    c:\(path and filename to TV as primary)
    c:\(path and filename to game exe file)
    c:\(path and filename to monitor as primary)

    save this as a .bat file and use it as a launcher of the game you wann
    see full screen on the TV :-D

    i guess, this is the closest we'll ever get
    kuwlij, Mar 22, 2010
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    niemiro Guest

    The problem is that there is no official API for the job. Some peopl
    have reverse engineered an API, but these go out of date and are ofte
    riddled with bugs. I will look into that program and see how it works.

    niemiro, Mar 23, 2010
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