One image over two screens?

By tizerist ยท 23 replies
Jan 1, 2008
  1. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    2port 3d graphics card software (and the card too)
  2. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    Can you expand on that at all? :) cheers
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  4. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    no, i think you misunderstood me!

    i've already got 2 monitors set up. what i want to know is, as in the picture i posted, how can you get one image to spread across both screens?

    this would especially be useful for a split-screen vertical racing game, for example.
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    In Display in control panel

    Go to Settings Tab then Advanced

    In there you should be able to locate this option
    Sorry I do not have dual screen so do not have the exact steps

    Your video card manufacturer web site, will have steps in doing this too.
  6. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    no, thats not it. thanks though.

    i'll wait here, dignified:haha: , for another solution.
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    What video card do you have ?
    What operating system do you use ?
  8. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    nvidia geforce 8800 gtx
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    I don't have Vista but in the Nvidia Control Panel isn't there a "Setup Multiple Displays?"
  10. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    yes, there is, but it doesn't give me the option to spread a single image, for example a desktop, across the two screens.

    the options are:

    >only use one display (one screen only)
    >the same on both displays (clone)
    >configured independantly from each other
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    With the current drivers, only one SLI connector is actually used. Users can plug the SLI connector into either the right or left set of SLI fingers.
    This was posted over a year ago
    But may in fact mean that you need to update your graphics drivers
    And then check your Video Settings again, for this support

    Best option- Update drivers from nVidia
  12. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    In order for that to work, you need to setup the monitors in a twin-view configuration. Let's say you have two monitors with a 1280x1024 resolution, when you enable TwinView they will both act as a single monitor with a 2560x1024 resolution. In that type of configuration, when you'll pick a wallpaper you can have it stretched over the whole desktop.
  13. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    oh. how do i do this twin-view thing then? any ideas?
  14. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Post #6

    If it doesn't exist, upgrade your video drivers
  15. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I run 3 screens (no I am not bragging, it is just so useful!) and there are some apps that will run across all 3 and some that will not. For example, the screen saver will, if set say to 3D flying objects, wander across all 3 screens but the desktop will not - you get an image per screen.
    All MS apps will allow you to drag the window across all screens (but not if maximised). Some older apps have an attack of confusion if you try this. I have yet to get a game running in any form of DOS box to run on more than 1 screen.
    Some graphics management software allows you to set how the screens function - as mirror or extensions but not all - and this varies between cards from the same maker.
    Hope this helps.
  16. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    it didnt give me the desired option. i'll expand on this later when i get home.

    so, the truth is, is that most apps / games don't cater for this function yet.
    this is a pity because multiplayer gaming could benefit greatly from this.

    the fact that i cant think of even one game that makes use of a possible twin screen setup is a shame. i suppose you could put it down to not many people having more than one screen, but implementing the option inside 'game settings' would at least encourage people to maybe try buying another one.

    maybe the answer is long monitors instead. this would effectively be two monitors together,
    but would be better simply because it is one.
  17. SOAD

    SOAD TS Rookie Posts: 55

    Right click on desktop and go to properties or display settings [whichever it is, cant remember xp all to well] (in vista go personalize> display settings)
    then [​IMG] click on the moniter number 2 (circled red) then tick extend my moniter (circled in red) remeber to change resolution (circled blue) to the same as your other moniter, and change refresh rate to same as moniter, or whatever it can handle in the advanced settings (circled black) press apply and then ok.

    you can now drag stuff across to the other moniter, such as drag a webpage to that screen while having word up on the orignal, so you can refer to stuff off web while writing up work or whatever.

    in the game supreme commander you can use two mointers like this, i use one screen to keep as zoomed out as possible ( to keep an eye on all the action at once) and the other screen for controling each unit. i believe this gives the player an advantage :)

    [edit] after reading the post again you may already have your moniters set up like this, if so sorry
  18. tizerist

    tizerist TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    thanks, but as mentioned, i always use two monitors at once. have done for a long time.

    the problem is not being able to have one image spread over two screens
  19. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The image attached to the first post in this thread is a desktop background image. I have discovered that by using the Nvidia software I can manipulate the background to all me to have different images on each desktop so in theory I could split an image and have each half on a screen. The software is a tedious mess to work with and with no manual to help.
  20. {WDS} Lukamus

    {WDS} Lukamus TS Rookie

    this will do it for ya

    For NVIDIA only......
    go to your "Control Panel" and then "NVIDIA Control Panel" if u dont have it download it (and dont get it confused with the NVIDIA desktop manager as ppl often do)
    there should be 3 options in the next window being : "3D Settings", "Display", "Video & Television". you want "Display" .....then under "Multiple Displays" you should see a option for "Change display configuration".....
    you should then be able to see options for single display , clone display , horizontal span , vertical span and duelview.....if you have been using 2 screens whith the same background on both and the start bar only on 1 then you should have alrerady have selected duelview....depending on wether your wanting horizontal or vertical select the relevent may need to switch your primary screen if its not already on the left or top..................if this dosent work you obviously done something wrong (or your pc is totaly screwed)

    hopefully this helps every one who has this same problem too

    {WDS} Lukamus
  21. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

  22. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  23. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    That image is just a wallpaper. You can get Windows to show wallpaper like that if it's big enough and set as "tiled" in background settings. Otherwise you'd have to use a 3rd party utility for it.

    If you want different pictures in monitors, just add them together with a image manipulation program and set the background as tiled, it'll start from the primary monitor's upper left corner.

    Many games work fullscreen only in the monitor set as primary.
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