Dual Monitor: Game + Movie?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LazzerdKam, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. LazzerdKam macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011

    I am running my TV (Toshiba Regza) as an external monitor so I can watch movies on it. However, I want to be able to play games on my laptop monitor, while still running a movie on the TV. I can hear the sound from the movie, but the TV monitor just goes black. Any way to fix this?

    I have tried changing the resolution of the TV to the same as the game resolution, but didnt do anything.
  2. Deedolito macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2010
    Well could be that there is a better solution to fix this, but one that comes up to my mind is to run the game in window mode ( command+m ). Should work fine, without killing the 2nd monitor signal.
  3. LazzerdKam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Yeah thats what I would normally do with most games, but I have one game that is unable to run in window mode, so command + M is not working there unfortunately
  4. Centsy macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    I think you are stuck then. I don't think you can watch a move with a fullscreen app running.
  5. syan48306 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2010
    go to the options and see if you can change it then. Command M isn't necessarily the only way to window something.
  6. LazzerdKam thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Ah but there is no exit fullscreen/window mode in the options for the game. It doesnt support window mode...

    Thats why I was really hoping it would be possible to run both the game full screen and have the movie on the other screen. I know some PC users who have managed to do it but guess Mac can't :/
  7. orfeas0 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2010
    Athens, Greece
    Well, it always depends on the game, but on my PC (not mac) I just plug the DVI, run the full screen movie and game and play ;) I mean you don't even need to setup something. Have you tried having the movie in windowed mode?
  8. mstrze macrumors 68000

    Nov 6, 2009
    Buy a refurbished AppleTV for $84 bucks? You will be able to watch (and listen to) whatever is in your iTunes library as well as play a game on your laptop. And as a bonus, your laptop will not need to be tethered to the TV and you can sit more comfortably on the couch or wherever.:eek:

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