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January 12, 2014 6:15:09 PM

I have 2 monitors running say Firefox or Chrome (happens with all combinations of browsers anyway).

On both monitors, the browsers are maximised to begin with.

I can play a video clip or stream something on the 2nd monitor and usually somewhere in the video window there is a button to maximise to full screen. So far, so good. Trouble is when I return to the other monitor & click anywhere, the maximised video returns to normal size.

Any settings for this or do I grin-and-bare it ?? Thanks.

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January 12, 2014 6:38:02 PM

do all applications fullscreen on both monitors? if you right click on desktop and click screen resolution does it show only 1 big monitor or both seperate? what gpu are you using?
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January 12, 2014 7:30:49 PM

All applications can run fullscreen on both monitors if I maximise them, yes.

I have 2 displays extended which show on the 'screen resolution' window. I have an ASUS EAH4350 graphics card with Catalyst Control Center installed.

Maybe my problem description wasn't exact enough. Imagine, the second monitor (actually a TV) is streaming a video clip within Firefox. Firefox is maximised but the clip within it isn't. I can click within the video clip (next to the controls) and choose to watch it fullscreen. Usually pressing esc takes it out of fullscreen mode. Then clicking anywhere, doing anything on the other monitor instantly reverts that video back to normal size while leaving Firefox maximised.

Thanks for listening, kinda hard to describe. :-)
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January 12, 2014 7:42:25 PM

I have the same problem with my dual screen setup, i haven't been able to find a way to fix it yet, it seems like more of a setting with the video players than with the applications or windows.
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January 13, 2014 1:05:41 PM

rigsby said:
All applications can run fullscreen on both monitors if I maximise them, yes.

I have 2 displays extended which show on the 'screen resolution' window. I have an ASUS EAH4350 graphics card with Catalyst Control Center installed.

Maybe my problem description wasn't exact enough. Imagine, the second monitor (actually a TV) is streaming a video clip within Firefox. Firefox is maximised but the clip within it isn't. I can click within the video clip (next to the controls) and choose to watch it fullscreen. Usually pressing esc takes it out of fullscreen mode. Then clicking anywhere, doing anything on the other monitor instantly reverts that video back to normal size while leaving Firefox maximised.

Thanks for listening, kinda hard to describe. :-)


So when you are watching a video full screen (on one monitor) the video is maximized on that single monitor and when you click the other screen it is taken out of full screen mode?
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January 13, 2014 1:56:20 PM

i had the same thing happen with YouTube videos. sometimes, they'd stay full-screened, other times they'd revert to windowed mode. it was kinda random, and I never found any setting to lock it in ONE behaviour. this happened whether the other screen was showing a plain desktop, another app, or even other tabs from the same browser.

that was in Win7. I haven't yet had the same annoying behaviour in Win8.1 so maybe somewhere something is working better?
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January 13, 2014 2:32:15 PM

Flash should ask you whether you want to stay in full screen mode or not. try updating to the latest flash, then go to YouTube and it should ask you if you would like to stay full screen. That should fix the problem.
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January 13, 2014 5:34:50 PM

guitargod213 said : "So when you are watching a video full screen (on one monitor) the video is maximized on that single monitor and when you click the other screen it is taken out of full screen mode?"

Exactly. The video is taken out of full screen mode but the browser it's playing in remains full screen.

Actually I'm watching something now that is fullscreen within Firefox. This is playing fine - probably because there's a separate Flash window that it's running in (and there's an additional Flash process - FlashPlayerPlugin_11_9_900_170.exe running on the taskbar which is the actual video). The others I tried (where the problem occurs) ran within the browser - no separate process. So my guess is it is Flash-related.

Just thinking out loud for a mo - where I had the issues, hovering over the video window displayed "Silverlight". Now if that were to run as a separate process I guess that would be OK too. I'll check it out.

Thanks for all the thoughts guys.
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