First experience with multiple monitors

Comdrpopnfresh

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I've had a 19" monitor for about 3 years now, and just bought a 22" widescreen. Rather than throw out the 19" wastefully, I figured I'd have a go at running more than one monitor. Thus far I've come accross two problems I can't seem to solve:

1. I CANNOT match image/display characteristics between the two monitors.
I'm sure with having a newer screen with better contrast mechanisms, and a fluorescent backlight that hasn't lost any resilience due to time this should be expected. However, I can't seem to get the color balance very even between the two. I used media center's display configuration videos/tutorials to set the widescreen to settings I'm very pleased with. However, I only achieved such good settings by using both the monitor's adjustments, as well as nvidia's control panel. The control panel settings make a baseline, however, that the older 19" monitor's adjustments can't work off of to get the same good levels/balance/settings on par with the 22".

2. I haven't found a way to remedy situations where the mouse cursor gets 'caged' or stuck on one screen.
I have dual tv tuners in my desktop, and was quite looking forward to leaving the tv (standard university-provided CATV) displayed through media center on the 19" (most of the channels are 4:3, and it's all analog anyway) while using the 22" to surf the net or do school work. I like maximizing media center and letting the frames fade away, so the display is filled entirely with the tv stream. However, when I maximize media center on the 19", the mouse cannot traverse back over to the 22".

Help, please?
 

SolMiester

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Have you tried Ultramon?.....not sure it will help with the 1st issue, but will with the 2nd....
 

Tattare

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1st problem.
Iv been running a L227wtg and a dell 2008swp the dell is alittle darker my eyes just adjusted over to it.
on the lcd thread up top I belive there is a color calibration tool/guide that might help you.

2nd problem.
Try VLC media player maybe? Iv never experienced your problem.
if nothing else maybe try shift+tab while its on full screen. I have one or two games that dont like going to desktop so I have to shift+tab to mIRC to be able to type unless I exit the game.
 

Comdrpopnfresh

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shift+tab opens 'friends' on steam... you mean alt+tab? I've had bad experiences doin that- games don't open again when trying to maximize....

are there any freeware equivalents to ultramon?
 

kylebisme

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If you hit your Windows key you can move your mouse pointer wherever you like, but after closing an active window WMC will take it right back. WMC is just a bastard like that, I leave it windowed and just stretched out to fill the screen to aviod that issue.
 

Comdrpopnfresh

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yeh- i experienced what you mentioned- closing the window to get caged back on the other screen. For me, it even happens when switching between windows on the second screen once I get the mouse over there.
So is there a general consensus of no solution, or ultramon.... or something free maybe?

is there a useful setting in nvidia's control panel application?
 

Comdrpopnfresh

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If anyone was wondering.. I found this- 'the maxifier', a free 'garymod' to let media center be maximized on one screen w/o capturing the mouse