Using my TV as a PC gaming monitor

I have a 42" Sony Bravia LCD TV, and I've run an HDMI cable from my pc to the TV. This works just fine when I'm using any programs that are windowed. But when I try to get a PC game to output to the tv, it doesn't work. I've tried several different games. I set the TV as monitor 1 in control panel, and set windows to display on monitor 1 (the games only seem to run on the main monitor), but when I launch the game, the TV screen goes completely black for about 30 seconds, then my PC reverts my regular 22" monitor back to monitor 1 and minimizes the game.

I was told that I need to be sure the game's resolution settings match my TV's native resolution, but most games, Skyrim for instance, doesn't go up that high (1920x1080).
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  1. Every game goes up to 1080p. That is the standard for gaming on a pc at this point. Try updating a few things, like the games your are playing and maybe try different drivers.
  2. xenophone said:
    I have a 42" Sony Bravia LCD TV, and I've run an HDMI cable from my pc to the TV. This works just fine when I'm using any programs that are windowed. But when I try to get a PC game to output to the tv, it doesn't work. I've tried several different games. I set the TV as monitor 1 in control panel, and set windows to display on monitor 1 (the games only seem to run on the main monitor), but when I launch the game, the TV screen goes completely black for about 30 seconds, then my PC reverts my regular 22" monitor back to monitor 1 and minimizes the game.

    I was told that I need to be sure the game's resolution settings match my TV's native resolution, but most games, Skyrim for instance, doesn't go up that high (1920x1080).


    I think i know what it is...

    Are you doing "extend desktop"?

    try setting the display mode to Mirror, or single display....
  3. I'm looking at Skyrim and Guild Wars 2 right now, and neither of them go past 1680x1050.

    @wrathofdragon: I set it to single display on the tv, not extend.
  4. well you can play every new game at 1080 I guarantee those games do. There are benchmarks at 1080p for both. Do what wrath of dragon said.
  5. If someone besides lt_dan_zsu would like to weight in I'd appreciate it.
  6. Figured it out! It won't give me the higher resolution option until after I set the TV as the only display.
  7. Which was exactly what I said...
    :)
  8. Well, I was doing what you said, just after loading the game up. The only way it would work is if I set it to a single display first, then load the game.
  9. xenophone said:
    Well, I was doing what you said, just after loading the game up. The only way it would work is if I set it to a single display first, then load the game.


    Yeah. but all TES games a icky if you try to alt+tab.

    if i ever get something pop up while playing skyrim, i cant get back to it. have to close it and run it again. its the game itself, not the computer. (ps this happens on many bethesda games ==> oblivion, skyrim, fNV
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