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iMac + Extra Screen
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May 26, 2006, 03:02 AM
alright, just a general question about using 2 screens.

Is it possible to be playing a game on one screen and surfing the web or whatever on the other one? Or would it just be too much strain on computer resources causing everything to run slow?
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May 26, 2006, 04:30 AM
Its not a strain, but IIRC, most games will play on one screen, and disable the second
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May 26, 2006, 06:58 AM
A lot of those same games will, however, allow you to play in windowed-mode. I do exactly that with my 20" iMac. I play WoW on the primary display (windowed, but maximized to fill that display) and will have an IM client, web browser, etc on my secondary display. (same thing with UT2004 and several other games)

Works slick.
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May 26, 2006, 08:28 AM
makes sense.......

but dont games generally ask alot from the computer ??
wouldnt there be massive lag..... unless u have atleast 1.5 GB ram, and a good ass graphics card ?
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