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Okay, this is my problem. I just added a second monitor for the sole purpose of running FSC 9 on it. But when I start FSX my second monitor goes black and FSX locks up. How can I resolve this?WIN 7FSXEVGA GTX 260 SCC 55MMDon

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Are u saying that's the only why to veiw other programs on my other monitor?

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if you want to use other windows on your second monitor then yes, you need to use Windowed mode. It took me a while to get used to the title bar at the top but other than that there's really no performance difference (for me anyways). You will, however, want to make sure you have ForceWindowedVSync=1 in your fsx.cfgIf you want to display windows on the other monitor in Fullscreen mode, you have to disable that monitor first, and then start up FSX so it doesn't detect it on load into the main menu. Then you can re-enable your second monitor and use it for an alternate display. NOTE however that switching focus to anything in that second monitor will cause FSX to minimize.

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if you want to use other windows on your second monitor then yes, you need to use Windowed mode. It took me a while to get used to the title bar at the top but other than that there's really no performance difference (for me anyways). You will, however, want to make sure you have ForceWindowedVSync=1 in your fsx.cfgIf you want to display windows on the other monitor in Fullscreen mode, you have to disable that monitor first, and then start up FSX so it doesn't detect it on load into the main menu. Then you can re-enable your second monitor and use it for an alternate display. NOTE however that switching focus to anything in that second monitor will cause FSX to minimize.
I just checked in my fsx.cfg and I didn't see (ForceWindowedVSync=1)? Is it suppose to be under the Display Title? or do I have to add it to my cfg? Also what is the purpose for this? ThanksDon

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I used to use two monitors in full screen on the system in my sig. I ditched the second monitor because I couldn't use ENBMod in full screen and my performance was much better with one monitor.You are right, one will have a black screen but you should be able to drag pop up windows and ATC to the second monitor. I ran FS9 the same way without issues. What type of interface does FSC 9 have? If it is a pop up, just drag it over to the second monitor. Make sure you have set up the Windows desktop so that the monitors are in the correct order - ex: if you secondary monitor is positioned to the left of the primary in the desktop set up and you try to drag the window to the right, it isn't going to work.One caveat, some drivere worked fine and so would give me issues. YMMV.

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I use FSX on 3 displays under Windows 7, 1 Projector for the scenery, 1 small touch screen for the GPS and a 19inch for the guages.Start your flight, then F10 for 2d Cockpit, Grab scenery and drag to second display, you can then stretch the scenery to fit the second display and you can move the guages up and down on the main screen for a better position as I do. I then show the GPS and drag it to the touch screen, works pretty good for me.Don't know what FSC 9 is but the multiple monitor thing works fine.CheersMart

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I run FSX in full screen mode, select F10 then you can grab the scenery with your mouse and drag it to the second monitor.CheersMart.

Mart,Is FSX running in Full Screen Mode or Windowed Mode?

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I just fired up FSX with both monitors in full screen mode. Loaded the default c172 in VC mode. f3 to open the gps - grabbed it an dragged it to the second monitor. Opened up the atc window - grabbed it an dragged it to the second monitor. Opened up the radio stack - grabbed it an dragged it to the second monitor. Called up the 2d panel - grabbed it an dragged it to the second monitor. No problem. No problem for the last 7 years on two sims and three computers (other than the fact that performance isn't that hot in FSX with two monitors running).You won't see the desktop on the second monitor; you will see a black screen until you put something there.Now, if you want to run a background program and see the ui, you will need to be in windowed mode. But if it is a pop up window, you can drag it to the second monitor.

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If you use windowed mode don't forget to set your Windows taskbar to auto-hide, otherwise your FSX performance will be hampered. Catches me out every time I rebuild my PC!

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Jeff,Before you drag anything over is that second monitor dark?Mine has always been dark and I have never tried dragging anything over, so I am trying to learn about something new!I have no problems with FS9, just FSX doing this.

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Jeff,Before you drag anything over is that second monitor dark?Mine has always been dark and I have never tried dragging anything over, so I am trying to learn about something new!I have no problems with FS9, just FSX doing this.
Yes Jim, it is black. My experience has always been that if you hook up two monitors to one video card and set the desktop to extended in the Windows desktop settings (or ATI CCC, NVIDIA CC), your primary monitor with have FS running on it but the second monitor is black. When not in FS, all of my desktop icons are on my primary monitor and my secondary monitor is black. If I open up Word or Explorer or anything for that matter, I can drag it from one monitor to the other. Same in FS. As I mentioned, you can only drag pop up windows if you are in full screen. For example, if I wanted the ASE UI on one screen and FS on the other, I would have to be in windowed mode.One caveat, Over the past several years, I have found a few drivers that had trouble with this setup but most of them work fine. I have had NVIDIA and ATI cards. Also, all of my monitors have been set at the same resolution.Jim, can you see your cursor when you move it over the black monitor? If you can't, move your cursor to the opposite side of the monitor, up and then down. If it shows in one of the other directions, you need to change the order of the monitors in the desktop set up.

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Jeff,With my last 2 ATI cards and two monitors the only time monitor 2 is black is with FSX running in Full Screen Mode. At all other times I see my extended background.But now that I have tried this I see that it works for me also. Not sure if I like all the black around anything I drag, but at least I know it can be done and how to do it.

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Doh! My desktop backgound is set to black - that's why it is black when not running FSX.Glad you got it working.

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Running FSX on a new built computer that is working great.  Except in trying to run 2 or 3 monitors, I undock ATC or GPS or radio stack etc, and drag them to one of the other monitors they sometimes just get black in the moved box and unresponsive and I have to end flight to reset and start over.  I have extended the desktop on all three monitors and sometimes it works without blacking out.  On my old machine running XP it never was a problem.  Now running Windows 7 64 bit with a EVGA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, Z97X-Gaming G1 motherboard, Intel i7 4790 processor.  Would appreciate any suggestions in setting up the display or whatever without having to install some other programs to make it work.  Seems to me if it worked with XP, it somehow ought to work with Windows 7.  Thanks for any responses.

 

Lewis Block

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question

 

1. are the monitors all identical tpes and sizes?

2. Is the GTX 780 TI card capable of suporting more than 2 monitors?

3. triple head to go digital can assist if you  need to spread the view over three screens.

 

:rolleyes:

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Thanks for the necropost highlighting one of my least impressive nuggets of advice in my 11+ years on AVSIM :lol:

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Hi all,

 

As far as I am aware, I have two monitors which are different sizes and have no issues with FSX. If I use FSX in windowed mode on one monitor then the other is used for EFB or Gplan which works great. However if I am just buzzing around my local airfield and decide to use full screen then I do indeed get a black screen on monitor two. What I do is open up a new view say, spot view, and drag that to the second monitor and then resize the view to fill the screen. Works a charm.

 

It is worth mentioning that you have to set up the size of both monitors in the FSX settings page.

 

I was interested in the comment about hiding the windows task bar and getting an increase in performance. I might have to look into that one myself!

 

Hope that helps any.

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There's a addon that fools FSX into thinking it's in full screen when you can use the 2nd monitor as normal.  So you get the fps advantage while using this program and the 2nd monitor in full screen. It can be used in other games too.

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Each monitor is a different size, trying to save some bucks. Card supports two monitors and the motherboard has the other monitor. Today I loaded FSX and took it out of full screen, and opened gps and atc and radio stack and moved to other monitors and they did not black out and then went to full screen on primary monitor and they stayed on. Maybe it will work now. Another tidbit of information----I purchased several

downloads of MegaSceneryEarth and did some flying and the scenery is awesome. Rea;;y having fun now. Thanks for the responses.

 

Lewis Block

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Thanks for the necropost highlighting one of my least impressive nuggets of advice in my 11+ years on AVSIM :lol:

your welcome anytime

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Still having trouble with pop up boxes (gps, radio stack, etc) going to black when moved to 2nd monitor. Works fine on primary monitor. Windows 7 64 bit, ie7 4790, 16 gig ram, GEforce 780, gigabyte mob, 1tb ssd. Monitors are different resolutions, but worked fine on old XP machine with 3 monitors. Just want boxes open on other monitor

so not cluttering the primary display. Help Thanks in advance.

 

Lewis Block

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