Will this work (game in Windows and OS X on external display)?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by ShadowXOR, May 28, 2011.

  1. ShadowXOR macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    I found this article here:


    My iMac has pretty good video performance...except for the monitor being a native resolution of 2560x1440. Running a game in any other resolution looks like crap, and obviously running it at that resolution kills my framerate.

    Can I hook up an external monitor, then only run the external display to run at a more manageable resolution and disable the main monitor durin gthe game? Thanks!
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Since you poster this to Windows on Mac, I suspect you want to game under Windows.

    Something along the lines you are asking about should work.

    However, mutli-monitor configs can be tricky and it depends heavily on the exact hardware/OS configuration details as to what is possible.

    (e.g. some versions of the mini-DP to VGA adapter don't seem to work under Windows, you can't generally disable the internal monitor under OS X, ...)

    What exactly are you trying to do. Which Mac, which OSes, which games, which external monitor, how would it be connected, ...

    Someone might be able to tell you if there is a possibel hangup with that detail.

  3. ShadowXOR thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    Well basically I want to do it however will work. I game in OS X when I can but I have Boot Camp since obviously not everything is available in OS X. What I want to do is get an LCD monitor with a more reasonable native resolution, like maybe 1440x900? Then play games on that so that I can run everything maxed.

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