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Tals
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« on: December 31, 2009, 09:41:14 AM »

I've got a couple of games (Ghostmaster) which run full screen but - I really want to run these in a window, is there any way (application?) of doing this. -w or alt return don't work frown
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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2009, 12:53:36 PM »

Quote from: Tals on December 31, 2009, 09:41:14 AM

I've got a couple of games (Ghostmaster) which run full screen but - I really want to run these in a window, is there any way (application?) of doing this. -w or alt return don't work frown

There may be some kind of wrapper for this out there somewhere, but I don't know about any. Speaking as a former game developer however, if a game doesn't have support for windowed mode built in, it's going to be hard to do.
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2009, 06:16:54 PM »

How about using two monitors?
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2010, 10:23:27 AM »

Two monitors won't help for applications that use 3D graphics. A fullscreen application will require focus from both monitors even if it uses just one. Clicking on the "free" screen will cause the application to lose focus and all its 3D resources, which removes any advantage from that configuration.
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2010, 10:13:19 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on January 02, 2010, 10:23:27 AM

Two monitors won't help for applications that use 3D graphics. A fullscreen application will require focus from both monitors even if it uses just one. Clicking on the "free" screen will cause the application to lose focus and all its 3D resources, which removes any advantage from that configuration.
That's good to know.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010, 12:18:06 PM »

It's worth adding that the screen not being used for the fullscreen application will still show the Windows interface, letting you keep up to date with, say, a chat application while you play a game. As long as you don't actually try to click on this screen, it works fine.
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010, 04:05:34 PM »

I wondered about this recently while playing World of Goo on my 40" screen. I desperately wanted to play that game in a window and keep my IRC window up on the other side of the screen... but can't find any way to do it at all.
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