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[Issue] Windows 8 on Dual Monitor & Gaming

  1. #11


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center


    HP w2207h comes with a HDMI port and a VGA port. The Benq comes with a DVI port and a VGA port. And I don't have extra adapters.

    ...I'd really like to know what the hell Microsoft changed

    I'll also ask Ubi...maybe they got a patch being worked on or something :\

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  2. #12


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    alright, I'm totally confused about how your setup is.

    you said that they were hooked up via DVI cables.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center


    HP: HDMI to DVI (adapter)
    Benq: DVI to DVI (straight)
    Onkyo: HDMI to HDMI (for 8 channel audio only, no video) (straight)

    Surprisingly, the HP shipped with a VGA and HDMI cable. You have to remember this was back when everything was shipping with just VGA cables or no cables. So to have them provide a high-end cable...was "whooaa".

    Unlike my first HP, I can't get this one to work through the Onkyo (monitor goes into sleep mode immediately). I think the firmware is older so it doesn't work with the A/V Receiver...I can't even get the Receiver's menu to come up on the HP.

    *HP Model w2207h (original and replacement)

    EDIT:

    It appears the issue is Windows 8's "Project to second screen". The way Windows 8 handles multi-monitor setups is:
    Primary: Metro UI
    Rest: Desktop "UI"

    This means anything that is coded, WRONGLY I MIGHT ADD, to feed its video to the desktop will display on the Desktop Monitor(s). And will completely ignore the monitor settings of "Make this my main [..]".

    If I select "PC Screen Only" from Devices -> Second Screen, the game works as it should, if I have 'Extended' it will display on the Desktop Monitor with issues (mouse cursor stuck in an invisible 'fenced-in area' on the Metro Monitor).

    It's annoying, but maybe as people upgrade to Win8 Ubi will get more bitch-complaints and fix the game.
    Last edited by illutian; 07 Dec 2012 at 00:39.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2
    NightHawk13


    illutin: Could you walk me through how you got it to work, I'm in the same situation. Don't understand pc screen only from devices. cant see wher that is. I'd be really gratful if you could assist. Thanks in advance
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  5. #15


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by NightHawk13 View Post
    illutin: Could you walk me through how you got it to work, I'm in the same situation. Don't understand pc screen only from devices. cant see wher that is. I'd be really gratful if you could assist. Thanks in advance

    I assume you're running Windows 8? I didn't have this issue with Windows 7 and the same hardware.

    If it's happening on Windows 7, you'll have to unplug the monitor you DO NOT want the software to display on). I say unplug because the mouse cursor will be locked to the 'Primary Monitor' so duplicating the desktop isn't really an option.

    Step:
    1) Bring up the 'Charms Bar' (Window Key + C is the hotkey)
    2) Click 'Devices'
    3) You may have other devices, so look for 'Second Screen'
    4) If you're running a multi-monitor setup, 'Extend' should be selected
    5) Select 'PC Screen only'

    This will "unplug" your other monitor through software. When you want to go back to mult-monitor format, just repeat the above but select 'Extend'.

    Or you can do like with Windows 7 and physically unplug...you can't just turn it off. Windows must see that there is no monitor. So either the DVI,VGA,HDMI, or DisplayPort. Or the power plug must be pulled.

    And as I said in a previous post..
    [Issue] Ghost Recon and Dual Monitor | Forums
    More people are now getting the issue
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2
    NightHawk13


    Quote Originally Posted by illutian View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NightHawk13 View Post
    illutin: Could you walk me through how you got it to work, I'm in the same situation. Don't understand pc screen only from devices. cant see wher that is. I'd be really gratful if you could assist. Thanks in advance

    I assume you're running Windows 8? I didn't have this issue with Windows 7 and the same hardware.

    If it's happening on Windows 7, you'll have to unplug the monitor you DO NOT want the software to display on). I say unplug because the mouse cursor will be locked to the 'Primary Monitor' so duplicating the desktop isn't really an option.

    Step:
    1) Bring up the 'Charms Bar' (Window Key + C is the hotkey)
    2) Click 'Devices'
    3) You may have other devices, so look for 'Second Screen'
    4) If you're running a multi-monitor setup, 'Extend' should be selected
    5) Select 'PC Screen only'

    This will "unplug" your other monitor through software. When you want to go back to mult-monitor format, just repeat the above but select 'Extend'.

    Or you can do like with Windows 7 and physically unplug...you can't just turn it off. Windows must see that there is no monitor. So either the DVI,VGA,HDMI, or DisplayPort. Or the power plug must be pulled.

    And as I said in a previous post..
    [Issue] Ghost Recon and Dual Monitor | Forums
    More people are now getting the issue
    thnx for that. Been following you on the ubi fotum too (stackoverflow20) trouble is like you too i have temp & other monitors on second screen plus that will screw up desktop layout. But im grateful to you for coming back & explaining
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  7. #17


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    I have a slightly similar issue. I have a dual set-up, one a 23" Hanns-G on the left and the other a 20" Samsung on the right. Set up in extended mode. My problem is this: I want to play a game on monitor A (23" set as primary), and have a chrome window (such as my music site) on monitor B.

    But when I open the game, it defaults to full screen (normally not a problem full screen games are fun) and the window on monitor B shuffles halfway off of monitor B's right hand side. when I click monitor B to retrieve the window, the game in monitor A minimizes, showing the background, and the chrome window is back where it is supposed to be. clicking the taskbar icon for the game puts the game back, but again, the chrome window is skewed. Any ideas?
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  8. #18


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Allord View Post
    I have a slightly similar issue. I have a dual set-up, one a 23" Hanns-G on the left and the other a 20" Samsung on the right. Set up in extended mode. My problem is this: I want to play a game on monitor A (23" set as primary), and have a chrome window (such as my music site) on monitor B.

    But when I open the game, it defaults to full screen (normally not a problem full screen games are fun) and the window on monitor B shuffles halfway off of monitor B's right hand side. when I click monitor B to retrieve the window, the game in monitor A minimizes, showing the background, and the chrome window is back where it is supposed to be. clicking the taskbar icon for the game puts the game back, but again, the chrome window is skewed. Any ideas?

    Sounds like the game is not detecting the native screen resolution and defaulting to a default (usually 1280x768 [or there abouts] or 1024x768).

    The simply solution, if you're describing what often happens to me upon playing a freshly installed game, is to go and set the game to use the native screen resolution (these days 1920x1080). It should shift everything back into place.

    Alternatively, if the game doesn't support the resolution you run is to run it Windowed. I have to do this with Dishonoured because I don't trust games running in Fullscreen...far to often in the past I would have to do a hard reboot because the game locked up and I couldn't get to Task Manager (Win XP era). So now I just Window the games..most have Borderless/Maximized.

    But some games, like Dishonoured, do not support Borderless/Maximized so at 1680x1050 (Windowed) I get a lovely Windows program border (minimize, maximize, close buttons) that shifts the game down so that part of the UI is 'off screen'. With those I usually run 1600x900 [Windowed] and just deal with the fact that I have part of the Desktop in view while playing.
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