Questions tagged [monitor]

A screen that displays output from a computer/device. Use this tag for questions about monitor configuration and troubleshooting.

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How to move a fullscreen game to the second monitor?

I have a Windows 8 laptop which I play Sins of a Solar Empire on and I want to move it to my second monitor which is connected via a VGA cable. How would I do that? Windows + shift + ← or → does move ...
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What is V-Sync and when should I enable it? [duplicate]

Most modern 3D games have a graphics option "V-Sync". It's usually an on/off setting. I'd like to understand settings I tweak with, and this one kind of eludes me. What does "V-Sync" mean, and when ...
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Why doesn't Duck Hunt work on plasma or LCD screens?

I'm told that the original Duck Hunt (NES) works fine on all CRT screens, but fails to register successful hits on a plasma or LCD screen. Why is this? Is there a fix for it?
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Why is there still screen tearing even when fps are limited to be equal to monitor refresh rate?

Why is there still screen tearing even when fps are limited to be equal to monitor refresh rate? Also if tearing occurs because of fps higher than screen refresh rate why don't games limit fps to be ...
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Would a monitor with more Hz and a better response time help my game?

I'm thirty-eight, and started gaming with a keyboard and mouse about two years ago. My reflexes will never be as sharp as the teenage whipper-snappers who pwn me, but would a 144 Hz gaming monitor ...
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How can I play a SNES through a VGA monitor?

I was just given a pile of SNES games, and have no SNES to play them on, so I intend to purchase one. The problem is I have no TV - I play my consoles on a monitor. This should be fine, except that ...
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Black screen for 1-2 seconds while alt-tabbing a fullscreen game or using a Windows key

When I Alt+Tab or use a Windows key to get out of a game (in this case World of Warcraft) and use a Windows feature or other program like Chrome, when I return to the game, I experience a 1-2 seconds ...
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Does the Nintendo Switch work properly with some 16:10 monitors?

I have connected the Nintendo Switch to a 16:10 monitor (EIZO FlexScan SX2262W). The monitor's native resolution is 1920 by 1200, but I have tested that it also accepts 1080p input. In the resolution ...
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Will the NES Zapper light gun work on a CRT HDTV?

The NES zapper doesn't work on LCD TVs, but my friend has a Samsung CRT HDTV and was wondering if it would work on that type of TV. Does anyone know?
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What is "game mode" on my TV and why should I enable it when playing games?

I have a Vizio TV, but I've seen this feature on plenty of other brands as well. Why should I enable Game Mode on my TV when playing console video games? What benefit does it bring to my gaming ...
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Can I hook my Wii up to an HDMI or DVI monitor?

I have a 15" TV and a 24" HD LCD flat screen monitor. I have a Wii, which is currently hooked up to the smaller TV. Is there anything I can do to play my wii on the flatscreen? The monitor is HDMI ...
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How can I choose which monitor a game starts on?

Currently I am using a three-monitor setup, based on a GeForce GTX 680 graphics card: 3D monitor for gaming and work. Secondary monitor for work only. TV for watching movies and sometimes playing ...
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How can I turn off my TV without turning off my PS3?

I've got it set up so the PS3 and TV communicate via HDMI and turning one or the other on/off turns them both on/off. If I'm in the middle of a video game (and paused) I can turn off the TV without ...
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How can I run Myst in a window?

I can't stand running games full-screen if they aren't the same resolution as my main monitor, because it screws up all the windows I have on the other monitors. Myst is especially egregious because ...
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Is it possible to have a second monitor that is unaffected by fullscreen games on the first monitor?

I like to have movies and whatnot going on in my smaller second monitor, typically while playing games. Sadly, some older games have absolutely tiny resolutions compared to what my main monitor can ...
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XBox 360 has no sound with HDMI cable

I received an xbox for Christmas and I've been trying to connect it. Unfortunately, when I connect it using an HDMI cable, I get picture but no sound. I've made sure my TV is set to "TV Speaker" (it's ...
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How do I use my iMac as a "monitor" for my Xbox 360 and my Wii?

I ditched cable a long time ago and have been making do with Netflix, Hulu, and iTunes for my television needs. The displays on the new iMacs these days are big enough and high enough quality that I ...
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How can I fix old games being run in portrait mode on my Windows tablet?

I have a tablet with Windows 10 on it. It has an Intel Cherry Trail processor with integrated graphic card. I installed several games on it (Warcraft 3, C&C: Generals, NFS: Most Wanted, UT2004, ...
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On a dual-monitor setup, how can I keep the game in one monitor without the browser windows on the other monitor moving?

I have two monitors. One is an Acer LED LCD and the other is a plain Dell LCD. My goal is to have a full screen game on my Acer monitor (the primary monitor) with a browser running on the Dell monitor....
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How to force game to use fullscreen second display

Is there a general way to set a Game to use a different monitor/display in fullscreen mode?
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How do I make clicking on the second monitor screen not minimize my game?

I recently switched over to a dual monitor setup and am still getting to know the features. I've noticed that whenever I mouse over from a game onto a browser (Chrome) and clicked, it would minimize ...
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How to use PS3 with a monitor?

My TV was recently stolen, so now I'm hooking the PS3 up to a Dell monitor 23". But I have found out it is really difficult to get the sound out of the PS3. My problem is even if I connect my USB ...
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Dungeon Defenders Local split screen 3 monitors

I want to play Dungeon Defenders local co-op with 2 friends (2 controllers, 1 keyboard). I currently have 3 extended monitors at 1920x1080 each and I can successfully group them with Eyefinity getting ...
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How can I make the latest version of skyrim work with my 3 monitors?

I have been looking into how I can make Skyrim support my 3 monitors in nVidia surround mode. Though I have hit a snag. I was able to find many people talking about how there are fixes that work. Most ...
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How to run Rogue Legacy for Linux on a specific monitor?

I've got a right tack monitor layout, and the vertical monitor is the main one. This makes for rather odd graphics settings in Rogue Legacy: Only vertical resolutions are displayed, up to 1200x1920. ...
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Are there better laptop screen resolutions for gaming on a PC? [closed]

There are a wide variety of resolutions available on different laptops on the market. But which screen resolutions are better for gaming? Is Full HD (1920x1080) the best? Are there any resolutions ...
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Comparing TN vs. IPS LCD monitors for gaming

Having never owned an LCD desktop monitor, I'm wondering what the advantages and disadvantages are between owning a TN and an IPS monitor in regards to gaming performance. While I know there are ...
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What do I need to know about 3D TVs for gaming?

Recently I heard that the PS3 supported HDTV. I was confused and looked it up. I found this which talks about adding support to Blu-ray movies. But the context I heard it was about it being in games. ...
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Why does plugging in a monitor improve AA performance?

When I play Modern Warfare 2 using anti-aliasing on my Macbook Pro and no monitor, the game lags too much to play. But lo and behold: When I plug in a monitor to my Macbook Pro and turn on AA and put ...
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After monitor upgrade Steam seems low resolution

I upgraded my monitors from 1920x1080 displays to 2560X1440. Now for some reason Steam seems to be low resolution - like it's defaulting to 1920x1080. In every other program, the text is noticeably ...
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How to connect a C64 with a PC display?

A friend of mine has an old C64, it has a video output and we are wondering how to connect this with an VGA or DVI computer monitor?
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Are there any issues I should look out for when using a Plasma TV with my games console?

I'm buying an HDTV for the living room, to watch movies and play on the PS3. Earlier, console gaming on Plasma TVs was a bad idea because of burn-in, refresh rates, and/or display quality for console/...
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How can I connect a PS3 to two TV/ sound systems in two different rooms?

Our PS3 sits in our lounge connected to our TV(1080p) via HDMI and our home theatre via the digital optical connection. I want to be able to use our PS3 in the room directly below our lounge. I'd ...
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Can I adjust the aspect ratio on a Nintendo Switch to display on a 4:3 monitor?

I have a Nintendo Switch, connected to 4:3 LCD computer monitor (GNR TS702) via a DVI-D input and a cable. The picture displays fine, and fills the whole screen at 1280 x 1024, which I imagine means ...
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How do I connect my US Nintendo 64 to a monitor?

How do I connect my US Nintendo 64 to a monitor, using VGA/DVI? The Nintendo 64 would need a converter to use with a VGA/DVI port. I've seen people mention things about boxes, but I do not understand ...
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LCD TV vs LCD Monitor for Xbox

I have no experience with consoles and I have decided to buy an Xbox 360 with Kinect. I don't have a big display so I will have to buy a display first. So, I would like to know whether an LCD TV (32")...
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Civ:BE not containing mouse on multiple monitors

I've been playing Civilization: Beyond Earth on a PC with two monitors, with the game running on the left monitor. However, the cursor isn't constrained by the right side of the left monitor, which ...
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Playing a steam game with a controller while using other applications (Multi-Monitor)

I'd like to be able to use my computer while my boyfriend plays a game on steam. I have two monitors and he's using a Xbox 360 controller hooked up to my pc. Is it possible to allow the game to be ...
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Playing my Playsation 2 on a pc monitor

My problem is that I want to play my playstation on my pc monitor but am having difficulties because of the playstation 2 needing a Scart connection (or Red, white, yellow - i'm unsure of exactly what ...
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1080p on 4K display

I'm currently evaluating to buy a 4K computer screen to use in 2160p natively while coding or working with Windows but I plan to play my games in 1080p because 4K rendering is of course a very heavy ...
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How to run SuperHot at full screen on a Mac?

I have SuperHot downloaded through Steam, and am attempting to play it on my 1080p external monitor. It launches windowed at less than 1080p, and I don't see a setting to adjust the resolution or ...
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How to connect an N64 to an Apple display (non) thunderbolt?

I have an Apple display (no thunderbolt) and an N64: . I don't have a TV. Is there any way I can hook the Apple monitor up to the N64?
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How to get an Atari game console to work on a flat screen TV? [closed]

My TV does not have a cable in for my Atari. Is there a device that converts from RF coax or UHF to HDMI or other common ports found on flat screens? Is there a aftermarket console that can play the ...
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Wii and S-Video results in black white window

I've bought a third party Wii S-Video + Composite connection cable for my european black Wii (PAL / Wii Sports Resort + Wii Motion Plus edition). The connection of S-Video and my tv tuner card results ...
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HDTV settings for videogaming

I just purchased a 55-inch HDTV [VIZIO VF551XVT]. For some reason, when I play the ps3 my TV bothers my eyes. This doesn't happen when I watch the TVs at the store, even if I am really close (normally ...
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PS3 | Updated to version 4.85 issue

My PS3 is Super Slim. So I just updated my PS3 to 4.85 which was working well before I updated it. I ticked the box "Turn off PS3 after software installation" and I let the PS3 update do its thing. ...
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How do I stretch a resolution to fit my monitor?

After hearing about how Red Dead Redemption 2 uses a custom resolution of 3840x1080 and stretching it to fill the screen, I wanted to do something similar on PC. I like having a high framerate while ...
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Why does my SNES console hooked up to flat panel monitor show incorrect colors? [closed]

When I try to play Chrono Trigger (US) on my European SNES (with the help of a converter cartridge called 'UA universal adaptor expert version') that's hooked up to a scart-to-hdmi converter device ...
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What do I need to play 3D games other than a 3D TV?

I am planning on buying a 3D TV (Sony 3D Bravia) and using its 3D features with my PC. What else should I need for this? Will an nVidia nVision card be enough?
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Playing games on older consoles with newer TVs with S-Video or better quality?

I am moving into an apartment with a den, which will make a great man cave. My big screen has an s-video input, but I won't be using that in the den. I will be using my pc monitor which does not have ...
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