I know that with nVidia graphics cards (well, my 2 GF4 Ti's anyway), you can specify which monitor you wish to have video on, and any video will be displayed full-screen on that screen
I have a dual monitor setup going now. If possible, how hard would it be to have the one screen just do all of the touch functions and have a second source, such as a TV/2nd monitor display the video. I would like to build a computer to play divx and mp3s over my home theatre. so, Id want the video out to my television, cause i love the big screen. Any thoughts, comments, help would be much appreciated.
Yep that is true. I had a Geforce 2 MX something or other, and it had that feature as well.
Most of the latest NVidia or ATI cards should allow for this. If I understand what you are trying to do properly, you will be able to do this without much problem. Your actual monitor (the touchscreen-enabled unit) will act as a mouse, with the TV set as a "mirror" of that monitor, right?
You can do this with the newer video cards out there. If I may offer a word of advice: avoid the cheapy manufacturers like Mad Dog and the like. Accept no substitutes for the ATI cards (that means "BUILT BY ATI", not "POWERED BY ATI" cards) because brands like PowerColor suck like your momma's Electrolux. For NVidia, MSI and LeadTek are topnotch builders.
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Thanks for the input, but what would be nice is, if the controls on the touchscreen stayed on, as in No video file playing on it, only on my second source. I like what you all have said though. i have an ATI Radeon 8500. so, i know there arent any problems there. Thanks again
If you're running XP the video will play on whichever monitor it is drug on to. Then when closed, the next time it starts it will play on the monitor it was last closed from. As for getting the controls to onto a different monitor, you should just need to get a video playback program where the controls are not docked to the video screen. The ATI software has the display and control seperate, as does winamp. Once you have software that is "un-docked" you should be able to drag the video to one screen and leave the controls on the other.
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You might also look at a program called TVTool. The latest version is 9.5 I believe. I think this is mostly for boards that have TV out, but it might work in your situation also.