VPC+Multi-monitor = can't use apps on second monitor when fullscre

Discussion in 'Virtual PC' started by Xepol, Jun 13, 2006.

  1. Xepol

    Xepol Guest

    Ok, first, I am NOT expecting VPC to use both my monitors, that is not my
    concern, however, I do expect to be able to use OTHER apps on my Host OS that
    are running on my second display.

    However, when VPC is full screened on my first display, any attempt to
    interact with the second display immediately results in the mouse being
    dragged BACK to the first display and VPC being "sorta" minimized - it
    partially disappears off the screen, a big chunk of the screen turns back,
    and you can see the desktop on the rest of the first display, but if you
    click ANYWHERE on the first display, VPC is suddenly back and full screen.

    If, instead of clicking on the first display when the mouse gets dragged
    back, instead go BACK to the second display, then you can FINALLY interact
    with the applications running on that display and VPC completely minimizes
    and disappears (along with black block artifacts) on the primary display (and
    ending up in my tooltray thanks to Traymin, making it a right pain to get
    back to!)

    Now, obviously NONE of this is how I would expect VPC to act. It isn't
    doing anything but occupying the full display instead of part of it, it isn't
    in a special resolution, and this problem doesn't occur when VPC is non-full
    screened. It ONLY occurs when VPC is full screened and looses focus.

    Is there any way at all to prevent this from happening?

    specifically to the MS team: is this a reported problem or should I file a
    ticket on it? Any chance there is a hotfix for it?

    Thanks all.
    Xepol, Jun 13, 2006
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  2. Xepol

    Steve Jain Guest

    This is known and is a limitation of how DirectX handles full screen

    Instead of going full-screen, manually drag the VM's window to nearly
    full size. This is what I do with my VMs on my 2nd monitor. You only
    lose a small amount of screen in the VM, but you still are able to
    move between host and guest without issues.
    Steve Jain, Jun 13, 2006
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  3. Hi Xepol,

    As I replied to your post on 4th of June - this is a limitation of us
    using DirectX for fullscreen mode. It is a known issue - and it will
    not be fixed soon as it requires that we completely change the way we do
    fullscreen display.
    Benjamin Armstrong
    Virtual machine Program Manager

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    You assume all risk for your use.
    Ben Armstrong [MSFT], Jun 14, 2006
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