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Screen savers not taking up entire second screen

I have a second monitor and the screen savers don't take up all the space and leave the right 1/4 of the screen with the regular desktop image that was there before. Is there a work around for this? E.g. Helios, Hypersapce. Spheres doesn't use the second screen at all.

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Ben Altman2 years agoWindows 10 x64, Firefox

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  • Hello Ben,

    Not all screensavers support multiple monitors, unfortunately. Spheres, for example, is a screensaver from 1994. It wasn't common (or even possible) to hook up more than one monitor to a personal computer back in those days, so the programmer probably didn't take that possibility into account while creating it.

    Helios and Hyperspace are relatively modern screensavers, however. I have no problems running these with dual monitors. Both screens are completely filled up, even when I configure them to use different screen resolutions.

    Those two are part of the Really Slick collection of screensavers by Terence M. Welsh. In the help pages of his website, there's a section on multiple monitors:

    "Really Slick Screensavers since version 0.1 has been capable of running on multiple monitors. These savers should display across multiple monitors if you use only one graphics card with multiple outputs and have set up your monitors using Windows's span mode. This type of configuration should give you a single framebuffer that spans all your monitors. Some driver-specific multiple monitor setups will create a separate framebuffer for each monitor. These savers do not support multiple framebuffers, but you can always download the source code and modify it yourself.

    Some users have reported working multi-monitor configurations with multiple graphics cards. Really Slick Screensavers does not specifically support this, but it appears that graphics drivers and Windows sometimes cooperate to make this work. Your mileage may vary."

    Basically, it should work if both monitors are connected to the same graphics card, and if it doesn't then you could try updating your graphics drivers.

    Hope that helps, let me know if you have any further questions.

    Rob (Screensavers Planet)2 years ago

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