(help) dual screen

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macminimac, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. macminimac macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I've been looking everywhere and i can't see to find it but what I'm trying to do here is watch movies or ect with one screen and play games with the other. i have the thunderbolt port going to a 30" screen and the hdmi going to a tv. I can't seem to get it to work. all i can do is set the 30" as the main display and play games while the other just sits there. basically all i want to do is use xbmc on one screen and play games on the other. thanks.
     
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure that's possible under the Mac OS, but I may be wrong. I know you can under Windows though, just set your game to a windowed mode and your video player to the same. Should work fine, I used to do it all the time.
     
  3. mcb001982 macrumors regular

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    I'm pretty sure you're going to have to set both programs to a windowed mode. I have not tried playing a game while watching a movie but I have tried putting a movie in full screen while doing work on my other monitor and it wouldn't work no matter what program I tried using so I just ended up putting the clip in a windowed mode and maxed out the size to the screen and set my background on the screen to plain black so it actually looked ok. Hope that helps...
     
  4. theSeb macrumors 604

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    As above, both applications need to be running in windowed mode. XBMC supports it, but I cannot say for sure if the game you're playing will.
     
  5. macminimac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your responds. I was thinking bout going another way. Maybe using one port with a hdmi splitter going to both tv and monitor? But read some stuff about the bandwidth can the mini handle it? If Im wrong correct me.
     
  6. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Using a splitter won't help you achieve what you're trying to do at all.
     
  7. DoghouseMike macrumors regular

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    Surely that's just going to end up with you having both screens showing the same thing. Windowed mode is the way to go I reckon. Or google around for an answer.
    Or play the movie on a different device entirely
     
  8. macminimac thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I kind of got it to work. But the thing is that it only works watching movies on th small screen and games on the big screen. And it won't switch the other way around. I will take a picture later to show you guys.
     

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