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Old 03-11-2007, 03:39 PM
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Question Any issues with running SageTV on non-primary display?

I'm planning ahead here to moving some things around and setting up the living room (den?) where the TV is in front of the couch (of course) and a computer desk is perpendicular on the side wall. I realize I could get an extender, but that seems like a waste since the SageTV PC will only be 10 foot away and I can just run some cables along the floor baseboard, pretty well hidden. So what I'd like to do is have both the PC LCD and the TV displays active on the video card, with the LCD setup as primary - start menu, icons, systray, etc - and the TV as a secondary display with SageTV running full screen. This way, the PC is available for browsing, checking email, chatting, etc. while I'm in the living area or in the connected kitchen, and SageTV is doing its thing over on the TV.

Is this doable?

I recall trying this back in version 2.x, but there were some weird issues like SageTV would only work on the primary display or the performance was really poor or something along those lines.
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Old 03-11-2007, 04:38 PM
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SageTV will work on a secondary monitor, but if you use 3D Acceleration, it could be a lot slower since DirectX is in emulation mode on a secondary monitor. You can use overlay, though.

Or, set the TV screen to be the primary monitor so 3D Accel/VMR9 runs better on it. You can still move the Windows taskbar to other screen where you want it. The only thing I'm not sure about is how it might affect some pop-up notification boxes. Oh, and it could affect FSE mode too.

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