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Post by MannyJabrielle on Mon Sep 27, 2010 4:08 am

I've got a duel display setup going, my laptop with my CRT desktop monitor plugged into it. The laptop is the primary display.

I want to run NWN fullscreen on the secondary display, but I can't find how to do that without switching the CRT to be the primary display.

If anyone has any info on how to make that happen, I would be most appreciative.
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Re: Duel Display

Post by daveyeisley on Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:40 pm

To my understanding, it depends on what the laptop's hardware will support.

For XP:

If you know that the laptop is capable of simultaneous dual-display, it should show when you right click your desktop, go to Properties, and then click the advanced tab. You should see two boxes with the numbers 1 and 2 in them to denote that two displays are available.

For Vista for Win7 its a bit different, but what you are looking for is the display driver detecting support for, and showing configuration options for, dual-monitor/dual-desktop/dual-display.

Most laptops I know of allow for the fn-F8 command to switch the active display output, but I believe the video chipset needs to support dual-display to do what you are looking for.

What make and model of laptop is it? Do you know what video chipset it uses? What video driver is it using? What OS is the laptop running?
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Re: Duel Display

Post by daveyeisley on Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:43 pm

Provided the lalptop has the hardware and driver support, you may need to specify when starting NWN that the application should run in full screen on the secondary display. How to do that will depend on your OS and driver, I believe.
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Re: Duel Display

Post by MannyJabrielle on Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:06 pm

That's what I'm trying to find out, how to get NWN to start on the secondary display. All my other games are great for lazy bums as it'll let you specify within their video settings which display to use. I can't find that option in NWN, and I didn't find anything in the ini files
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Re: Duel Display

Post by daveyeisley on Mon Sep 27, 2010 2:36 pm

You may need to apply switches to the command executed by what ever shortcut you use to launch NWN.exe.

As for what those switches might be, I have no idea.

You might have to start NWN in windowed mode, move the window to the second display, and then maximize it.
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Re: Duel Display

Post by MannyJabrielle on Tue Sep 28, 2010 4:33 pm

Hrmm, probably easier for me then just to switch the primary display over to the other monitor then if I want to use that one.

Too bad NWN doesn't have an adapter selection within it's vid options... games with that are so easy to swap around
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Re: Duel Display

Post by daveyeisley on Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:08 pm

If you are able to run other games fullscreen on the secondary display while keeping your desktop on the primary display, then I am certain there is a way to do that with NWN. I just dont have the information to figure it out.

What OS? What model of laptop?
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Re: Duel Display

Post by MannyJabrielle on Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:29 pm

XP, dell vostro 1500 (the nvidia card on this kicks the keister out of my desktop's ATI chipset Very Happy )
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Re: Duel Display

Post by daveyeisley on Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:54 pm

I will research this for you, may not be tonight. Bear with me.
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Re: Duel Display

Post by MannyJabrielle on Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:58 pm

No need, I'll just keep playing NWN on the laptop screen Smile Main reason I was looking to swap was to get a wireless signal, I gotta keep the laptop right next to the window, causing me to reach all the way across my desk to type on the keyboard (big big desk).

Simpler solution... I moved my desk around so my chair is right next to the window Smile
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Re: Duel Display

Post by daveyeisley on Thu Sep 30, 2010 4:56 pm

Thats all good Smile

If you don't mind, I would still like to learn the solution for myself.

I need to ask you if you would be willing to PM me with the dell service tag # from the bottom of the laptop? I tried to look up the configuration, but it wants service tag, so I assume that means they have released several configurations under the model "vostro 1500". If you send me the service tag, I should be able to track down the chipset info, and hopefully that will lead me to the configuration info we need.

Also, as my partner and I just got ourselves hooked up with a LogMeIn account, if you feel comfortable with it, I would be willing to set it up so that I could remote in and share the desktop so we could see if we cant get it working. It might be helpful if I could actually see the display options>advanced tab, etc.

Up to you if you feel comfortable supplying me with the service tag, or allowing the remote connection. I understand completely if you don't feel comfortable with it, but I wanted to offer.


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Post by MannyJabrielle on Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:54 am

The service tag would be a no go, as my father had this latptop before me, and used it while out in the field... the tag is pretty much scraped into being unreadable.

Once I get my cable connection back, the remote connect would be doable though. We could try while I'm on the wireless, but the signal is very unreliable.
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Post by daveyeisley on Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:31 am

I will generate a deployment link for logmein and PM it to you. When you click the link it will assist you in downloading and installing the logmein connection client, and making that installation accessible to my logmein account.

May not be able to deploy tomorrow, but sunday at the latest.
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Re: Duel Display

Post by Drgnwlkr on Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:56 am

This may seem a silly question but how can you start NWN in windowed state? I am using dual monitors and would like to move NWN to the secondary 1 to play on.
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Post by Eric of Atrophy on Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:11 am

Dragonwlkr, check out this forum link right here! Should have everything you need ... and as far as running NwN like that, it's awesomesause! I love having one screen for NwN and the other for the forums/vault/whatever!
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Post by Drgnwlkr on Sun Aug 25, 2013 11:15 am

Thx Eric, I'll check it out. Yeppers, I play World of Tanks/World of Warplanes on my second monitor all the time heheh.
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