How to run TF2 & L4D in Triple Monitor Glory

26 05 2009

Okay so I had a question about how to get TF2 running on three monitors and since youtube doesn’t give me enough room to explain it I’ll post here.
I’ll include lots of pics for your enjoyment too.

First you need to download a copy of SoftTH from the creator’s site here.

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Download the latest release which is 1.08b during the time of writing.
After downloading you should end up with a zip file that resembles something like this.

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Now place the files into the following directories:
In this case for Left 4 Dead.

Set 1:
SoftTH_hook.dll
SoftTH.cfg

Set 2:
d3d8.dll
d3d9.dll

The files from Set 1 go with the main game executable in:  steamapps > common > left 4 dead
While Set 2 files are to be placed into the ‘bin’ folder:  steamapps > common > left 4 dead > bin
The files if placed properly should look like the ones in the picture below.

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Now grab a copy of my config file from here.
Copy, paste my configuration into the config file in your own directory.

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You now need to set Left 4 Dead to actually run in your desired screen size.

  1. Options > Video
  2. Set Aspect Ration to: Widescreen 16:9 (the game does not recognise the custom aspect ratio so it just puts it there)
  3. Set your desired resolution.
  4. Set Display Mode to Full Screen (This is important as Windows 7 does not seem to like windowed games being spread across many monitors)

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With your settings set, restart the game it might start up and look weird but wait until it has gotten to the menus.

‘Alt-tab’ out and back in, it should fix it.

Now enjoy Left 4 Dead in triple monitor glory.

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Just make sure your computer is up to scratch to be able to support three monitors.

The same steps can be applied to Team Fortress 2 to produce the same results.





Best Interviewee Ever

22 05 2009

A man was shot twice in Kings Cross.
9RAW interviews some witnesses.

Listen to the chick they interview as she impersonates the two men who were bickering with each other before one of them was shot.

Pure gold.





Team Fortress 2 Sniper & Spy Update Out

22 05 2009
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Ladies and Gentlemen, the ultimate showdown has begun...





Team Fortress 2 Meet The Spy Leaked

17 05 2009

Yes, you heard it right the “Meet The Team” trailer for the spy was leaked.
Enjoy the awesome that is Meet The Spy.





Left 4 Dead Triple Monitors on SoftTH Windows 7 Build 7077

4 05 2009

Having sucessfully run Team Fortress 2 fairly smoothly with SoftTH I decided to try the same thing with Left 4 Dead.

The results surprised me as it ran on high settings with 2xAA and 2xAF very well.
All the UI elements didn’t look messed up and everything rendered very nicely it was as if the game was made for multi-monitor setups.

The only thing that was messed up by the huge resolution was the main menu’s background.
Otherwise everything was sweet.
Here’s a test run jumped into a random game, in this case the finale of No Mercy.

I used the same config as my Team Fortress 2 attempt, which can be grabbed from here.





Team Fortress 2 Triple Monitors on SoftTH in Windows 7

4 05 2009

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After reading this article from Multimonitor.net showing that it was possible to get Team Fortress 2 to run on triple monitors with a program that emulates Matrox’s TripleHead2Go‘s functions – SoftTH.

I decided to give it a shot so after a good two hours of google, trial and error I finally got Team Fortress 2 working on my three Samsung 2243BWs.
It seemed to have a bit of difficulty running on Windows 7 Build 7077 so it took me a bit longer than anticipated.
Check out the test run on my Youtube video below.

You can give SoftTH a shot too, download it from the developer’s site.
Grab my config file from here, just copy paste the code into your config file and it should work.