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Search for new computer with video card question

by timmylish / March 1, 2011 8:26 AM PST

I am continuing my, seemingly endless, search to get myself a new computer here on Tenerife but, meantime I have a further question.
Bob very kindly explained what I need to get in the way of a video card to be able to use two monitors simultaneously. Never having used Windows 7 (which I will have on the new machine) or Vista (thankfully) their use may cover my question which is;-
how does the computer know that I wish to watch tv on the Samsung 32' Full HD whilst using a normal monitor to work on-line, email, come on here etc.
Sorry if it appears a stupid question but it ain,t to me! Many thanks.

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Let's try VLC Player?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 1, 2011 12:37 PM PST

Reading I like the answer which is "I just run an extended desktop onto my Samsung HDTV, the i drag VLC over to it and run it fullscreen, on my other PC screen i can then browse the internet or do whatever I want and it wont affect the fullscreen mode on the fact it's doing it right now with a playlist of music videos as i browse.

I think certain programmes will jump you out of full screen mode when clicking elsewhere. VLC doesnt and its working great."

I use VLC Player a lot.

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VLC player
by timmylish / March 1, 2011 8:29 PM PST
In reply to: Let's try VLC Player?

Many thanks, yet again, for your valued assistance which will put me in good stead when the elusive computer is eventually purchased.

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Video Card
by Chimlim / March 1, 2011 9:20 PM PST

Most video cards have this function. In fact, I have an old video card from 2006 and I can do this. You can either extend your desktop to the TV, display your desktop on the TV, or use your TV as the desktop. If you look around your video card settings, you will find an option to do this. And I will back up with what was said above, VLC Media Player is wonderful. Not only is it free, but it plays almost every file type, and it's very light on resources.

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Video Card
by timmylish / March 1, 2011 10:21 PM PST
In reply to: Video Card

Chimlim. Many thanks for your input.
Now I should explain that you are talking to an idiot (computer wise but trying!). At this moment in time I,ve got a ten year old machine running Russian XP Pro (Mrs. T. is Russian speaking) so i don,t have a dedicated Video Card at the moment. In January I was almost buying a new computer with all the "flashin' lights and ringing bells" at a substantially discounted price from one of the few vendors here on this Island on the very day the "Cougar" problem arose and after much consultation on this very Forum I opted not to purchase. So, since then, I have been unable to find anything which fits my budget and therefore I have had no experience with dedicated cards so I just don,t know how I will operate the two outlets to the TV first and also the small monitor doing different work. I have had and used VLC for at least 5 years now so I do know what that is and its excellence. Perhaps I shall leave all of this until I actually get a machine although the vendors here keep trying to fob me off with the machines they have here, none of which have a dedicated Video Card with two outlets (which Bob had explained previously I should look for).
Meantime, again thanks for your help.

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