multiple display question

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kgdg, Nov 9, 2007.

  1. kgdg macrumors newbie

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    I am seriously considering a mac pro to function as an HTPC and had a couple of questions regarding connecting multiple displays to it:

    1 - I want to connect my Mac pro connected to my 56" 1080P TV as my main display and also connected to another monitor (perhaps 24"). Do I need a 2nd graphics card installed in the mac pro? Or can I drive both using the stock 7300GT card?

    2 - Can I display two different programs on these 2 displays? Say i want to watch an OTA recorded (perhaps using elgato) tv program on my main display and i also want to play a dvd on my 24" display?
    I am guessing not?

    3 - this is more an elgato question - If i purchase the HD Home Run product and their software, do I still have to pay titantv monthly fees for the EPG?

    Thanks
    KG
    EDIT: I already have Dish VIP622 - HD DVR, i just wanted the ability to record to Hard disk as I constantly run out of space on the 622.
    So since I plan to keep the 622 AND have the eyetv HD Home run, does that mean I get to record 2 (on the 622) + 2 (on the mac using HD Home Run) = 4 programs while watching a fifth?
     
  2. adamzx3 macrumors regular

    adamzx3

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    NE Ohio
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    1. I would hold out to see if the next Mac-Pro will have an HDCP enabled card, which from what I understand is needed to play an HD-DVD and send it out to a monitor/TV (provided you use a HD-DVD drive and OS 10.5 will support it..soon hopefully). I would check www.apple.com/macpro and see how many displays the 7300GT can support.

    2.Yes you can play two things on seperate screens, set the 24" as your primary monitor and the TV as your secondary, The apps will remember which display they where last in and open up again in that display. Never used those apps before, but I can run aperture in one display and quicktime in another, not sure if yours would automaticly open up in fullscreen.
     

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