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Trouble using two screens

by mobious_1 / March 6, 2013 2:35 PM PST

This is the third forum I've tried. At one website someone rudely told me to "stop using your TV as a monitor." (If you dont have anything positive to contribute, why post it?). But, I use BleepingComputer all the time to see answers to problems I have that others here posted, so I decided to ask a question for the first time to see if you can helo Happy

Before I describe the problem, I want to say I have three friends who all do what I am TRYING to do without a problem.

Basicly I have an HD tv (connected via HDMI) and an HD monitor (though it's connected via VGA).

I set the HDTV to the primary and try to run a full screen game, whilst I keep Trillian open on the second monitor. I basically want it so I can play on my TV, and turn my head to see the chat window.

Except, when I run the full screen game on my HDTV, both monitors go black for a second (as they always do when a full screen game loads, even if there is no resolotion change) but any open window I have on the second monitor disappears. if I use alt tab to get it back, the game on the TV goes away and I get the chat window on my TV, not the auxiliary monitor. This happens EVEN WITH GAMES that are set to the SAME resolution as the HDTV and monitor. The HDVT and montior are also at the same resolotion.

How do I stop this?

I'm running Windows 7 with an AMD Radeon HD 6700 series card. I also have tried using the free version of DisplayFusion and it did not help.

I've tried it on newer games like Portal 2 and older games like old C&C games.

First, I just used the windows 7 controls to configure it and selected extend display. I then enabled the same settings on Catalyst.

At one point, I created an Eyefinity display group and that STRETCHED my display, as I thought it would, but didn't fix it.

I think the flickering is irrelevant, my screen has always blanked for a second on every monitor I've ever had before running a full screen game.

tried reversing it, using the mintor for the game (priamry) and the HDTV as the auxiliary monitor for the chat window. Same thing.

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