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[Issue] Windows 8 on Dual Monitor & Gaming

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    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center

    [Issue] Windows 8 on Dual Monitor & Gaming


    Currently, I'm trying to play some of the various games I have. One in particular is Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. The issue is it keeps opening up on the second monitor off to my right. Even though I have the one sitting in front of me designated the 'Primary'.

    Can't run the game in windowed mode as it doesn't actually support it, even though there is a field for 'Fullscreen' in the default.cfg

    Anyone else having this sort of issue?

    Note: This game was installed using Steam

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  2. #2


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Unplug your second monitor and start the game, it will start on the primary and start there again when you re connect your second monitor
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center


    Did that before making this topic. The game always starts on the second monitor...so that won't work. It appears to be the only one of the 47 games that i play that does this.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    That's odd... I've tried to get my games to open up on my Secondary monitor (works better for me to have the main desktop open when in-game), but I've had no luck. I've tried switching them around (primary on the right, secondary on the left), and also messed with some other settings, but I haven't gotten anything to work yet.
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  5. #5


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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin121 View Post
    That's odd... I've tried to get my games to open up on my Secondary monitor (works better for me to have the main desktop open when in-game), but I've had no luck. I've tried switching them around (primary on the right, secondary on the left), and also messed with some other settings, but I haven't gotten anything to work yet.

    For that instance, you usually have to set the "game monitor" as the Primary monitor:
    Screen Resolution [window] -> Select the monitor you want to game on -> check 'Make this my main display'

    You can also try, since I see you have Windows 8, 'Project to second screen'. Tough I would recommend close all programs that you don't want their window-frames moving around (ie Winamp's player in 'bar format'). Because Windows will take your entire desktop landscape and send it to the 'second screen'.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    do you have an Nvidia card? I remember for mine, there are 2 DVI ports on the back and it actually matters which monitor is plugged into which port (and it kind of ignored the Windows settings in some situations). so i just switched the cables around.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro w/ Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    do you have an Nvidia card? I remember for mine, there are 2 DVI ports on the back and it actually matters which monitor is plugged into which port (and it kind of ignored the Windows settings in some situations). so i just switched the cables around.
    Twin EVGA GTX 670.
    When mounted in the case the DVI-I is above the DVI-D.

    As it stands now:
    HDMI Port: Onkyo A/V Receiver*
    DVI-I Port: HP w2207h (Main Display)
    DVI-D Port: Benq G2420HDBL (Second Display)

    Display Options:

    Onkyo and Benq merged ( 1|3 @ 1920x1080). This was done because I had to replace my original HP w2207h due to it failing. This one appears to have older firmware and trying to run Video Card -> Onkyo -> Monitor now longer works....hopefully Newegg will have some deals on monitors around the holiday

    As far as I know DVI-I is Port 1, and DVI-D is port 2. However, HDMI overrides Port 1...and I assume the same would be true for the DisplayPort


    ...FTMFL.
    Ya, that's what's wrong. In Screen Resolution the list is like so:

    Onkyo: Display 1
    Benq: Display 3
    HP: Display 2

    But since I told it to merge 1 & 3....display 3 is just displaying what would be on display 1.

    Questions is, this setup was like this under Windows 7 and Ghost Recon "listened" to Windows for which display was marked as 'Primary Display'. So what changed in Windows 8, that it's now listening to the hardware...and not the software.
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    this behavior was in Windows 7 as well with Nvidia cards. I encountered it when I had Windows 7. Just switch the ports.

    Didn't have it with my ATI card on my other PC. The ATI is truly port agnostic and totally determined by software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    this behavior was in Windows 7 as well with Nvidia cards. I encountered it when I had Windows 7. Just switch the ports.

    Didn't have it with my ATI card on my other PC. The ATI is truly port agnostic and totally determined by software.
    Nope, still shows up on the other monitor...

    As I said, this didn't happen at all in Windows 7 and I'm even running the same Driver Set (306.97). It's clearly something in Windows 8.

    So far I've:
    -Merged Benq and Onkyo
    -Merged HP and Onkyo
    -Switched Cables
    *Note: I can't merge HP and Benq as Windows sees the Onkyo as a display and will 'put' programs to that display....which I can't see since it doesn't have a monitor hooked to it. And if you disable it, then the audio portion is also disabled.

    In all instances Ghost Recon will run only on the Benq.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    can you replace the dvi-i cable with a dvi-d cable and try again on the hp? dvi-i is a combo analog/digital cable which is because it provides support for a VGA signal (that's what allows for the vga/dvi-i gender converter) whereas dvi-d is only digital.

    maybe the card/system is prioritizing the dvi-d connected monitor. just like some systems where if you plug in hdmi and component simultaneously, it'll default to the hdmi output and completely turn off the component output.
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