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Windows - XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor
#1
Hi all, I've recently downloaded latest Eden and bought a cheap Geforce 210 for dxva and dual monitor support. But whenever I do anything on the primary/computer screen, web browsing for example, XBMC gets minimized/disappears from the TV. Very annoying.

If I change in XBMC to use fullscreen window instead of true fullscreen then the problem gets resolved, but then I get severe tearing when watching a movie and also no sounds in the menus.

Is it my cheap Geforce 210 who is to blame, or does the problem lie within XBMC?

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#2
A little of both. The GPU just isn't powerful enough to handle XBMC being in a window, thus you get the tearing. XBMC's fullscreen mode forces it to not play nice with any other running app. There isn't much you can do at this point except maybe a better GPU like a GT430 or maybe 2 discreet graphics cards, so one can be dedicated to XBMC.
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(2012-04-03, 21:21)kricker Wrote: A little of both. The GPU just isn't powerful enough to handle XBMC being in a window, thus you get the tearing. XBMC's fullscreen mode forces it to not play nice with any other running app. There isn't much you can do at this point except maybe a better GPU like a GT430 or maybe 2 discreet graphics cards, so one can be dedicated to XBMC.
Ok I see. So that basically means that most people using XBMC with a dual monitor setup are forced to run it in window mode?
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#4
Correct. If you do a bit of searching you'll see this topic more than once.
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(2012-04-03, 21:56)kricker Wrote: Correct. If you do a bit of searching you'll see this topic more than once.
Ok thanks. Do you happen to know any way of getting menu sounds when using window mode?
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#6
They should be there regardless of windows mode or not.
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(2012-04-04, 16:05)kricker Wrote: They should be there regardless of windows mode or not.
Ok, I can live with that.

Last question now, I noticed that if I disable "adjust display refresh rate to match video", in other words, running 60hz on both displays instead of 60hz + 24hz, the tearing disappears. So would it really help with a more powerful GFX?
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#8
Maybe your display doesn't support 24Hz.
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(2012-04-05, 03:14)kricker Wrote: Maybe your display doesn't support 24Hz.
It does and it works perfectly in true full screen. Anyway I returned the card for a GT520 instead which supposedly is even better than GT430 at DXVA http://www.anandtech.com/show/4380/discr...hootout/10 but got the same problem so I give up. True fullscreen seems to be the only thing that really works. Thanks for your help!

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#10
Are you running it on the primary monitor? When you identify the monitors, they should be labeled 1 and 2. Primary is 1.
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(2012-04-05, 16:03)kricker Wrote: Are you running it on the primary monitor? When you identify the monitors, they should be labeled 1 and 2. Primary is 1.
The computer screen is primary, TV just have the desktop background.

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#12
Make the TV primary (if that is where XBMC is running).
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(2012-04-06, 17:44)kricker Wrote: Make the TV primary (if that is where XBMC is running).
TV is number 1, Computer screen is nr 2 but marked as main display. Have to have cumputer as main display otherwise the taskbar and desktop icons will end up on the TV.
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#14
Just wanted to add that I tried the same on another TV with a firends computer which has a Radeon 6850 and a Core i7 860 and got the same problem with tearing when running fullscreen window with 24hz on the TV and 60 hz on computer screen. So it seems there is a problem with XBMC after all.
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#15
In win 7 i thought there was a way to move the taskbar and icons to the secondary display.
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