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XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-03 20:05

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?

Thanks


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - kricker - 2012-04-03 21:21

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.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-03 21:53

(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?


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - kricker - 2012-04-03 21:56

Correct. If you do a bit of searching you'll see this topic more than once.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-03 22:20

(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?


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - kricker - 2012-04-04 16:05

They should be there regardless of windows mode or not.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-05 00:42

(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?


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - kricker - 2012-04-05 03:14

Maybe your display doesn't support 24Hz.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-05 12:31

(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/discrete-htpc-gpus-shootout/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!


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - kricker - 2012-04-05 16:03

Are you running it on the primary monitor? When you identify the monitors, they should be labeled 1 and 2. Primary is 1.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-06 00:12

(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.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - kricker - 2012-04-06 17:44

Make the TV primary (if that is where XBMC is running).


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-07 12:43

(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.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - snooze - 2012-04-07 21:01

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.


RE: XBMC on TV gets minimized when doing anything on computer monitor - kricker - 2012-04-07 22:09

In win 7 i thought there was a way to move the taskbar and icons to the secondary display.