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Is it possible to watch live TV in windows media center on one screen and run a desktop program on a second screen at the same time from one computer. I am using Nvidia radon 9500Gt card with two DVI adapters? I am also open a different program than Media Center if necessary.
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by:needleboy
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You can extend your desktop and run separate applications on separate monitors.
This can be done in Nvidia Control Panel.

And the answer is Yes.
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by:rjpilcher
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You can also extend your desktop from the Windows display properties.
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Does separate application mean Live TV on Media Center and a Desktop program. So that I can be watching TV and typing a document in Microsoft words? This is a very specific question and I got a general response. I do have a TV tuner in the computer. And is it better to use the Win7 features for this or the video card features?
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You will most likely need to use the Windows 7 settings to extend your desktop.  And yes, you can run different applications on different monitors - however, you might notice if you're running media player in full screen and you click on your Word document on the other screen, it will take Media Player out of full screen mode.

I have 3 monitors in my office and run 20-30 applications simultaneously across all 3 monitors, including video.  
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