Dual monitor with home theater question Tags: Graphics Cards Dual Monitors Display Graphics Last response: January 4, 2013 9:15 PM in Graphics & Displays Share negative0007 January 2, 2013 6:06:26 PM Hello everyone, Happy New Year! I am running a dual monitor setup, one primary display and the 2nd as a security camera display. Hopefully you can see my system specs in my sig. My 4670 outputs into my Pioneer receiver with HDMI for the primary, and the camera display is DVI straight out to the monitor, not through the receiver. When I'm done watching TV or using my computer, and I turn off the receiver, my 2nd display also turns off. If I want to be able to see the output from my security camera, I have to leave the receiver on 24/7, which is wasting energy. I can't find any settings anywhere (CCC, Windows, etc.) that will keep my 2nd monitor running with the receiver turned off. I know you guys can figure this out, and I'd greatly appreciate your help. (I'm posting a pic of my setup so you guys have a general idea of what I'm yapping about). TIA! More about : dual monitor home theater question ronintexas a b U Graphics card January 2, 2013 6:31:35 PM You need to make the monitor that is staying on 24/7 the primary monitor, the receiver/large screen the secondary. You can power off a secondary monitor, and still use the primary, but no the other way around. negative0007 January 2, 2013 6:43:37 PM Wow, that never occurred to me. Good idea. Will that affect gaming in any way? Related resources Best value in home theater video card - Forum BestConfigs: Home Theater PC - Forum What is the best type of connection for PC to home theater system - Forum Where to start home theater system? - Forum nOOb - Home Theater PC 1st Build under $500 - Forum Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer ronintexas a b U Graphics card January 2, 2013 6:48:10 PM No. The only issue is your primary monitor will have the task bar, the secondary will not. ronintexas a b U Graphics card January 2, 2013 6:49:30 PM If you want the task bar on both - here is a program that will allow it: http://www.displayfusion.com/ They give you a 30 day trial to see if you like it...you can configure two task bars, each with different icons... negative0007 January 2, 2013 10:20:36 PM Ugh. Well, since I'm not gonna pay to have a second task bar, I'm gonna have to live with leaving my receiver burning all day and night. negative0007 January 4, 2013 9:15:43 PM Ok, I've given this some thought, and I'm confused about a few things. Since my primary monitor is the 73, and it runs through the receiver, it would make sense that it would turn off if the receiver was turned off. But my secondary monitor gets it's input directly from the video card (DVI), without passing through the receiver. My secondary monitor SHOULDN'T EVEN KNOW if the receiver is on or not. This has to be a Windows or Catalyst setting. I can't believe that the solution is to put my task bar on a 19" monitor 8 feet away from me and use my big monitor right in front of me without a task bar. I just don't accept that answer. I've drawn this out to simplify my setup: Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources Home theater processor ? Much needed help. Forum Why build a home theater PC? Forum How to build home theater using laptop and monitor ??? Forum Building a home theater /gaming computer Forum Home theater PC Question Forum Photo editing/ home theater - First build. $900 budget Forum $1500 Home Theater Setup? Forum Home Theater Build Help Forum Using 2 video cards (HDMI / S-video) in a Home Theater PC? Forum Help choosing a 7 channel home theater set up or system Forum Asus gtx560ti directcuII-broken Forum More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !