Gaming on External Monitor (Bootcamp)

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  1. yatta1337 macrumors newbie

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    I've got Windows XP running on Bootcamp on my 15" MBP, with a 20" external monitor hooked up via Mini DisplayPort --> DVI. I'm trying to keep the monitors independent of each other (not have mirroring on) and be able to launch games full screen on the external. Right now I'm trying to get it working with the Steam games (Portal, TF2, etc). I can launch the games in windowed mode and move them over, but then I'm unable to maximize. I tried searching around for information as to how to get applications or games to launch full screen on an external monitor, but haven't been able to come up with much. I'm hoping someone here can shed some light. Thanks!
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    You have to set the external monitor as your primary monitor in the preferences (don't know what they are called anymore):
    [​IMG]

    Does that help?
     
  3. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Under XP I have my iMac's main display turned off and I rely fully on the external. It's a little extreme (if you like using dual displays I guess) but it works flawlessly.
     
  4. mojohojo macrumors regular

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    i have my external screen as main screen (with taskbar) for it to work.

    how about gaming for mac osx with external screen. is there a way to change it to external screen? (main screen, dock, is on my macbook screen)
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    @ mojohojo
    By dragging the Menu Bar from one display to the other, you might change that. The dragging can be done in System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement. But only when an external display is connected of course.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Dagless macrumors Core

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    The OP is using Windows (Bootcamp), not OSX.
     
  7. Keleko macrumors 68000

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    I recently installed the latest Nvidia drivers for my MacBook Pro (with an 8600 in it). The 185.xx (forgot the exact version) drivers do not seem to allow the external monitor to be set as the primary monitor. Reading various forums verified that quite a few people are having this problem with laptops and external monitors, too.

    I was able to set the external monitor be the only monitor, though, which works fine for playing games on the external monitor. However, it also means I can't use my laptop monitor for other apps that I may want to run while playing.
     
  8. spinnerlys Guest

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    My first post was answering (hopefully) the OP's question, my second one answered (hopefully, and the one you quoted) the post of mojohojo, as s/he inquired about gaming in fullscreen in Mac OS X.
     

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