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Dual Video cards, dual monitors, and Vista game performance

Question: Dual Video cards, dual monitors, and Vista game performance

So I just ordered an 8800gts to replace my 7800gts in Vista x64. I was wondering if keeping it and running my secondary monitor off of it would alleviate the stress aero puts on the video card when running dual monitors and gaming and increase my performance. Would I be better off keeping the 7800gts for the second monitor? Is this even possible?

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Answer: Dual Video cards, dual monitors, and Vista game performance

It is certainly possible, you can use both cards at the same time, assuming your mob supports it.

I doubt if you'll see a huge increase in gaming performance, as aero essentially shuts itself off when needed (gaming), but it won't hurt anything either.

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I would like to setup dual monitors and also get a new video card for certain games (i.e. World of Conflict).  I currently have a Radeon 9200, which is rather old, but has a cable input for television for use with XP Media Center Edition, which I absolutely love.Does anyone have a recommendation for a video card that could be used with my current one (if it's even possible), or a recommendation for a video card that would meet both these needs...er, wants...Thanks to all!

Answer:2 video cards for dual monitors w/ TV?

GeForce 8800GTX if you can afford ithttp://hothardware.com/articles/MSI%5FGeForce%5F8800%5FGTX%5FNX8800GTXT2D768E/

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I am not the least bit knowledgeable on this subject. Are video cards the same as graphics cards?

I want to hook up two (or three) monitors to one computer. Not for games....just stock market stuff.
1. What will best serve my purposes at some reasonable cost? 2. What will be better for operation....PCI or AGP.
3. What is the difference between a regular PCI card and PCI Express and will the latter work in a regular PCI slot?
4. If I want 2 or three monitors, do I need a card with two cable connectors?
5. My computer already has a monitor connector, can that be used for a third monitor with two more monitors on a card?
6. Will the memory be important for my purposes or will I be well served just using a 16, 32 or 64MB card?

Sure would appreciate some explanations. Many thanks.

Wallace

Answer:Video Cards For Dual Monitors

1. depends on whether you are building a new pc or installing the card in a pc you already have
2.pci-e is completely different, it has more pins and a different length slot. it also runs at triple the frequency of standard pci.
3.for 2 monitors the most straight forward thing is to use a card with 2 outputs. for 3 monitors i think you will need an SLI/Crossfire setup (dual cards).
4. possibly
5. if you are not gaming you won't need much memory. i would get a low range 128mb card like an FX5700

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i cant get 2 video cards to work, i have an ATI 9600 pro AGP 128 MB, as my first one, i have a XFX NVIDIA MX4000 PCI SLOT as my second, it installs, and ii install drivers but cant extend my desktop. it makes my pc reboot, then it just restarts over and over. i on xp
 

Answer:dual monitors with 2 video cards

To have dual monitors, you need two of the same video card. Even if you didnt i highly doubt the software for nvidia and ati are compatible
 

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Hello everyone. I'm having a bit of trouble here setting up a dual monitor extended display between my desktop and laptop and I'll try to be as descriptive as possible.

Desktop:
Dell Vostro 220s Slim Tower (click for complete specs)
Windows 7

I installed a NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT PCI-Express card and my main monitor is hooked to that using a DVI connector. This leaves the on board VGA port completely open.

Laptop:
HP DV6736NR (click for complete specs)
Windows 7
There is an open VGA port on this laptop.

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On my desktop, the only display adapter listed in Device Manager is my NVIDIA card. When I plug the VGA in to each of the two computers, it is not detecting the other in my Screen Resolution opens. I think this has something to do with my on board video card not being active but I could be wrong. I hit CTRL+P and tried to scan for a detection that way and still nothing. I shut down my desktop (leaving the cord in) and my main monitor with the DVI connection just stayed black. I unplugged the VGA connection, booted it up again, and everything worked as normal. I believe I tried setting the laptop to projector only (hitting CTRL+P) to see if the desktop would boot to just the laptop screen using the VGA connection but that wouldn't work either. It just stayed black.

I'm all out of ideas. Can someone please help me?
 

Answer:Setting up dual-monitors using two video cards

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Hello everyone. I'm having a bit of trouble here setting up a dual monitor extended display between my desktop and laptop and I'll try to be as descriptive as possible.

Desktop:
Dell Vostro 220s Slim Tower (click for complete specs)
Windows 7

I installed a NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT PCI-Express card and my main monitor is hooked to that using a DVI connector. This leaves the on board VGA port completely open.

Laptop:
HP DV6736NR (click for complete specs)
Windows 7
There is an open VGA port on this laptop.

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On my desktop, the only display adapter listed in Device Manager is my NVIDIA card. When I plug the VGA in to each of the two computers, it is not detecting the other in my Screen Resolution opens. I think this has something to do with my on board video card not being active but I could be wrong. I hit CTRL+P and tried to scan for a detection that way and still nothing. I shut down my desktop (leaving the cord in) and my main monitor with the DVI connection just stayed black. I unplugged the VGA connection, booted it up again, and everything worked as normal. I believe I tried setting the laptop to projector only (hitting CTRL+P) to see if the desktop would boot to just the laptop screen using the VGA connection but that wouldn't work either. It just stayed black.

I'm all out of ideas. Can someone please help me?

Answer:Setting up dual-monitors using two video cards

You can only use 1 VGA output at a time, you cannot use both your GFX card AND your on-board. Also you cannot hook up your desktop with your laptop . You can however hook up your laptop or desktop to an external monitor (tv, monitor, etc) or to a projector.

Edit: In other words -
PC -> 2nd Monitor or Projector (Yes).
Laptop -> 2nd Monitor or Projector (Yes).
Pc -> Laptop (No).
Laptop -> Pc (No).

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Hello everyone. I'm having a bit of trouble here setting up a dual monitor extended display between my desktop and laptop and I'll try to be as descriptive as possible.

Desktop:
Dell Vostro 220s Slim Tower (click for complete specs)
Windows 7

I installed a NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT PCI-Express card and my main monitor is hooked to that using a DVI connector. This leaves the on board VGA port completely open.

Laptop:
HP DV6736NR (click for complete specs)
Windows 7
There is an open VGA port on this laptop.

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On my desktop, the only display adapter listed in Device Manager is my NVIDIA card. When I plug the VGA in to each of the two computers, it is not detecting the other in my Screen Resolution opens. I think this has something to do with my on board video card not being active but I could be wrong. I hit CTRL+P and tried to scan for a detection that way and still nothing. I shut down my desktop (leaving the cord in) and my main monitor with the DVI connection just stayed black. I unplugged the VGA connection, booted it up again, and everything worked as normal. I believe I tried setting the laptop to projector only (hitting CTRL+P) to see if the desktop would boot to just the laptop screen using the VGA connection but that wouldn't work either. It just stayed black.

I'm all out of ideas. Can someone please help me?

Answer:Setting up dual-monitors using two video cards

dual display only works on 1 pc at a time and as far as im aware you cant bridge 2 diffrent vidoe cards if they are not crossfire or dual SLI, so untill you get a GFX card with 2 output's ont eh one card you are not going to have much luck unfortunatly. if i am wrong then someone please correct me :D:D

and as for the laptop the VGA out is only an output and will never beable to allow you to display somthing on the laptop screen from another device

Madz :D:D

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Hello All, 
 I have a XPS 8500 desktop I purchased it 2013 it works fine but I cannot establish how to run dual monitors with it. I have included a photo of the back as it does not match any thing that DELL show in their manuals. One the lowest point they have a VGA connection and two HDMI ports/ plug-ins. But only one HDMI has the receiving tab and the other one has nothing.
This leads me to believe I needed another video card? I am GUESTING because If I use the VGA to one monitor I get a desktop display. Then plugging in the HDMI lead to the other monitor has it duplicated, the same output on both.
From SETTING: System, Display, notifications, apps, power
 In settings the only way I get anything on both monitors. Is with / by selecting Duplicate on both. Any of the other three options I only get one monitor to show anything. I thought the purpose was to be able to have two different things going on, one on each monitor. It does offer another HDMI halfway up the consul with a tab for connection. When I plug a monitor into it, the screen shows "retrieving data" for a few seconds then outputs No Signal. It may be for an X-box of Play Station, not sure. Any advice...
Please see screen shots for back connections...the last photo is the lower area ports I have been using. The right HDMI port is different internally from the one that out puts a signal. This is what lead me to believe I need to have two video cards to run two d... Read more

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I am trying to connect an Optiplex 3040 with a 2Gb dedicated video card (AMD R5 340X is only option) to two monitors. The AMD card only has 1 x DP and 1 x DVI digital video ports, while the P2317H monitor (current "standard" business monitor) only has 1 x DP and 1 x HDMI input on it.
My question is:  when is Dell going to release a dedicated video card option that we can actually connect directly to these monitors without having to use converters/adapters etc??? This is nuts.

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Ok--here's the deal. I have an NVidia GT 6600 video card with dual monitor output. The problem is that I want my Plasma desktop to be bigger icons (i.e., 800 by 600) while keeping my flat panel monitor (the primary monitor for the computer) as a higher resolution since obviously we are sitting farther away from the Plasma and need those icons and text bigger. Now I can independently change the screen sizes with the Nvidia, but the problem is then on the plasma I only see about 60% of the screen of course because its keeping the same setup as the higher resolution but zooming in on it. In other words, for the desktop to fit in the plasma, it has to be the same resolution as the flat panel or at least close to that same resolution.

My MOBO has a slot for a second video card--will a second card allow me to indepndently set the resolutions so that I can actually re-arrange the desktop on the Plasma (i.e., the icons would have to go further horizontally and shorter vertically with the lower resolution.
 

Answer:Will dual video cards give me two independently controlled monitors?

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Just bought two, new, identical Samsung 19" monitors, beautiful, looks awesome. Need to buy video card, since monitors are identical what card would work better, dual single card or two separate cards ?
What maker would you recommend ?
I do not play games, but pictures are important.
Can I have two AGP cards ? Want to see 3D pictures in the future.
 

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i have 2 ati radeon hd 4850's. right now they are connected with the crossfirex bridges and i'm only using one monitor and running crossfirex. i'm thinking of getting a second monitor for better gaming/seeing more stuff in flight sim X.

what i can't find is how to use 2 monitors with 2 cards. do i remove the crossfirex bridges and connect one monitor per card, or do i keep the crossfirex bridges and connect both monitors to the first card, still running crossfirex?

thanks!

Answer:dual graphics cards, dual monitors, ati crossfireX

I would just connect the 2 monitors to the one card and then extend the desktop using either desktop properties or Catalyst control center.

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I just wiped my laptop and installed a new copy of Vista, I installed all the new drivers but now when I try to dock my laptop my computer slows significantly gets very sluggish and freezes at times. When I drop the resolution on the laptop display from 1440 to 1280 everything runs fine. Not sure what to problem is but its killing my performance.

Thanks,
Sean

Answer:Fresh Vista Install Dual Monitors at Full Relsolution Cause Sluggish Performance

I have no idea what your laptop is or anything in it. It is probably the inability of the video card to handle it. Are you using both displays, or just the one?

~Lordbob

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Does anyone know how to get 2 video cards to work in Vista?

i have Vista Home Premium 32 with an ATI 4850, for some reasons or another i need to add a 2nd video card..

either a 2nd PCI-E card (my 8800GT) or even a PCI card (I have a few that i can add)..

everything i try always comes up with the 2nd video card being disabled with an error Code 43..
i've been really enjoying vista up to this point and i really hope i am just missing something as far as getting these to work..
 

Answer:Dual Video Cards in Vista?

Both cards need to use the same drivers...

You cant run seperate video drivers side by side anymore like you used to be able to do in previous versions.

For the most part this just means two of the same family card. i believe the drivers for ATI's HD4870 family will work with as low as a Radeon 9500 but don't hold me to this.

But to make it short and sweet, they need to use the same drivers for the to both function
 

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Hi there guys and girls,


I just have a quick question that I'm looking for an answer for.


I've recently been given a shiny new video card, which is awesome as I've only ever had onboard video on this PC. It's a Radeon 9800 Pro 128MB. I realise it's not the greatest video card in the world (just because I can't afford to buy one doesn't mean I don't know what's good ), but it's free, and I rarely turn down free things.

Anyway, on to the point.


As some of you may know, the Radeon 9800 has 3 ports. VGA, TV, and DVI. I wish to set up a dual monitor system, but all the monitors I have sitting around are analog (VGA). I thought, no problem, I have a VGA port on my motherboard, and I can use the one on the video card.

Alas, I've been playing around for a few hours, and I couldn't seem to find a way to do it. So I do what I usually do when I need an answer. I hit google. Found tons of dual monitor tutorials and faqs, but none of them mentioned anything about onboard.

My question is as follows:

Is it at all possible (even if it requires some slight hacking) to set up a dual monitor system using one VGA port on the video card and one on the motherboard?

If not, is there a VGA to TV or DVI adaptor I'm able to get? If so where, and at what price (I'm in Australia ). Or can you think of any other way I can do this cheaply? .


Or does anyone have a spare VGA-DVI adaptor or video card sit... Read more

Answer:Dual monitors with 1 dual video card and onboard video

Well AFAIK you can't dual-monitor with and I/O card and onboard video. Its one or the other. However I know you can get DVI-to-VGA adapters. Those might work for you so long as the card supports dual-monitor (no time to check right now).
 

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I've gone into safe mode and uninstalled any video card drivers, and it boots up fine into windows normally. Then I install both drivers for the ati HIS 9250 (PCI) and then the 7600 GS PCI-E. Reboot. When it gets past the windows loading screen, it just comes to a blank screen, and it doesn't go any further. Pressing keys does nothing.

Has anyone experienced this? Am I SOL with trying to do this in vista? I'm building this for my Dad and this is his request as he wants quad screens (does a lot of spreadsheet/video/image editing) .
 

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Just taken delivery of a new computer. I have opted for two graphics
cards(256 Mb Nvidia Geforce 7800 GTX) linked with SLI for hoped for
improvement in handling large 16 bit files in Photoshop, along with
the 2 Gig of RAM operating in Windows XP Home.
The problem I have discovered is that enabling the SLI facility
disables the dual monitor display, leaving only the primary monitor
showing anything on screen.I use the second monitor to view Photoshop
tools and dialog boxes.Disabling SLI restores both monitors. I would
like to have both if possible! Is there a workaround. Both monitors
are plugged into one of the graphics cards.
Out of interest, I have timed applying radial blur to a 100 Mb colour
file, and it takes about 34 secs with SLI both enabled and disabled.
If SLI is disabled, am I only working with one graphics card?
Many thanks
John

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I have a Samsung 530 Series TV. I also have a LG E2370 monitor. I am using a dual link DVI cable to use the 120 hz on my monitor. My 560 TI grphx card has a dual link DVI (which i use for the monitor), but NOT an HDMI output. The 560 TI graphics card has another Dual Link DVI connection, but my TV does not. Which means i have to use my onboard video which DOES have an HDMI, to use the Samsung 530 TV as a second monitor.

All i want to do is use my TV for when i watch movies and my monitor for everything else.

All i've done is go to display properties and try to do this from there, but the samsung TV just says "Check cable" which i've already done. Either that happens, or both monitors go blank.

Please help. Any assistance would be GREATLY appreciated. I built my computer.... Now i want to use my TV with it !!!

Answer:1monitor, 1tv, 2 different graphics cards. Dual Monitors..HELP!

Hi,
Some motherboards allow you to use both onboard and a graphic card.
You need to look in the bios for a setting.
If not there then you will a "dvi to hdmi adapter"

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Setup
dell xps 15 l502x laptop, running an intel integrated graphics card and an nVidia GeForce GT 525m dedicated graphics card. Also a VGA plug and play Dell IN1910N monitor connected through a HDMI to VGA converter to the laptops HDMI out port.

The problem
Each monitor is running off a separate graphics card, according the the nVidia control panel, which is fine, but they are each running the wrong one. The laptop by default uses the integrated graphics, and the external monitor uses the dedicated card, which is useless, a i really only use it as extra desktop space or for playing movies, which doesn't require the dedicated graphics. Then when i go to play a game on the laptop screen, it switches to the dedicated card AS WELL, which then struggles to keep up.
How can i set the external monitor to run on the integrated graphics always?
I don't care if the laptop screen doesn't auto switch, so long as it runs the dedicated card at the right times and doesn't struggle, like it doesn't when the other monitor isn't connected.

This image tellsme it should be possible, but i cant get it to work
imgur: the simple image sharer

Answer:Dual monitors using wrong graphics cards

Please, anyone have any ideas?

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Having just upgraded from XP using the Nvidia dual monitor desktops for years, I was surprised to find Windows 7 has this feature in-built with the added bonus of slideshow desktop images C00L!
So beyond Win7 eye candy which is better, Does it come down to games running faster under the Nvidia dual desktops, what is the general preference here?

Answer:Is Nvidia dual monitors a poor cousin to Windows 7 dual monitors?..

afaik, there is no real performance difference, as all stuff is handled by the nvidia driver anyway.

And of course the more monitors the higher performance hit as there is more screen surface to work on (the same as increasing resolution).

Btw, the main pityfall of the multiple monitors is that the taskbar is only in the primary monitor, but there are a ton of good third party programs that can handle this, like Actual Multiple Monitors.

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Hey guys. I've recently gotten 2 dual monitors and hooked them up to my Macbook Pro but now things have fps issues especially games. The Fps will just have a seizure and rapidly move inside the range of 10-60 making it impossible to play. As far as I know my macbook should have enough power to handle 2 monitors.

Before the dual monitors Windows 7 ran perfectly on my macbook pro and all my games had steady 60fps. However when I trade to play those same games on Mac my fps would be in the 30s. BUT, now that I have dual monitors my fps and performance on windows 7 has gone to utter crap but those same games that didn't work as well on mac now have perfectly normal fps.... It literally makes no sense.

Is there anyone to fix this?
 

Answer:Horrible FPS/Performance issue with dual monitors

Depends on your hardware. Typically in Windows with a dual monitor configuration, gaming only occurs on the primary monitor. In any case, it requires a lot more power to drive twice the resolution (assuming you are gaming on both monitors as a single screen).
 

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Hey have to monitors that i would like to dual screen games on, do the monitors have to be of the same type or not? Also how would I set it up? is it an in game feature or PC side?
Thanks

Answer:Dual screen monitors in a game

Game feature. Not many games support it, unless you're running EyeFinity on an AMD card. In that case, they all have to be the same size and refresh rate.

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So I realize this may be a dumb question but I figured its worth a try. I run my dual LCD setup at 1280x1024, however, many of the older games I play don't support that resolution so in order to maintain all my AIM/winamp etc windows on my second monitor i just play them windowed. However, my question is, has anyone every come across some program and fix that would allow me to run, for example, an 800x600 game fullscreen on my left monitor and have my right monitor retain it's 1280x1024 and not move all my windows all retarded/off the screen?
 

Answer:Dual monitors not resize on small res game?

Don't know of one... I'd be interested in one as well though if someone knows one
 

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Hi.  I need help.  I've been looking at video cards from all over and I'm more confused now that when I started.What I need to do is hook dual monitors *and* a television up to this computer http://www.dell.com/us/slgov/p/optiplex-780/pd.  I don't know if I need one video card or two.  Right now it's just using the onboard video, so all of the expansion slots are open.  It has one PCIe slot. This is for office applications such as Word and Powerpoint, no 3D games or anything too intensive.  Any recommendations for a video card that can do all of this?

Answer:Need dual monitors plus TV video out.

Most video cards will output to 2 monitors, even if it has 3 outputs.Desktop computers won't do onboard & PCI-e video simultaneously.  When you plug the card in, it will disable the onboard; a Dell might require this be done manually through the BIOS.1.  What inputs does the monitor have?  (VGA and/or DVI)2.  What inputs does the TV have?  (VGA and/or HDMI)This is your computer:  http://support.dell.com/support/DPP/Index.aspx?c=us&cs=RC978219&l=en&s=slg&SystemID=PLX_780Desktop, Mini-Tower or SFF?Consult the Service Manual:  http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/op780/en/index.htm

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Question: dual video cards

ok i want to know if i can put my old gforce 7600 gs in with my new gforce 9800 gt on my nvidia 680i mobo. the reason for this is so i can use the new one for gaming and the old one to watch movies on with my old monitor

Answer:dual video cards

as far as I know you can,  as both your cards are diferent (same make different model)  I did a similar thing for flight sim, used more powerful card for the flight sim and the second to display the gps, map etc where graphics demand was far less.good luck!

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Question: dual video cards

Ok this dude has two video cards right on each other. He is experiencing unit shutdown when playing online games. I ran furmark and saw that his temp went up to 90 degress C within 1 minute. So i notice his fans were only at like 20 percent.I took one card out and tested with the fan up to 100 percent and it ran very cool. His case has fans everywhere. I told him that he should just run it with one fan. He said he turned up his fans full blast while they were both installed and it smelled like something was burning. These cards are very close together. The band that links them doesnt even extend. it arcs. Is there any other option for this guy ? I think not but I am not too familiar with video card set ups. Any advice is welcome thanks
 

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Question: Dual video cards

Hello again! Can you tell me how to use two video cards? To display adapters show me two video cards Radeon R7, but work only one. Primary video card is 348 Mb, the 2 Gb video card is not running. I attach some pictures for more information

Answer:Dual video cards

Hi, Please use the following instructions:    http://support.hp.com/au-en/document/c03048333 Regards.

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Question: Dual Video Cards?

I'm taking parts from a computer that is no longer used and adding them to my system. I have in my case a PCI GeForce FX 5200, and I want to add an AGP version of the same card... will I be able to make this work, and improve the graphics and whatnot?
 

Answer:Dual Video Cards?

So, just to clarify, the mobo you have in you machine has a PCI slot or an AGP slot? If it has an AGP slot you may see an increase in performance due to the increase in bandwith, however, you saying you have in your case right now a PCI GeForce FX 5200 makes it seem as though the mobo you are using only supports PCI, in which case you cannont upgrade 2 an AGP card unless you replace the mobo. Assuming you DO have a PCI and AGP slot for video cards, having one in each slot will NOT increase performance, as Mobo's that old do not support Dual Video cards being used to create one image... that i know of.
 

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I currently have a Nvidia Quadro FX 4500 installed (PCI-E) and I just installed a EVGA GeForce 8400 GS (PCI), however Windows 7 (Ultiamte 64Bit) doesn't detect the PCI card. When I go to the BIOS, it sees a video card in the PCI slot. I tried installing the drivers from the EVGA website and that still didn't do anything. I had was using a really old PCI video card before this and it worked (4 monitors) but I had some weird problems with it so I upgraded to the 8400. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Help with dual video cards

oberatixx, welcome to the forums.

Think you will find that what is happening is that you are trying to use a DX 9 card with a DX 10 card, and they don't both use the same driver in Windows 7. The DX 9 card (the Quadro) can only use the WDDM 1.0 driver, while the DX 10 card (the 8400) uses the WDDM 1.1,

Windows Display Driver Model - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

and despite there being some files from each that will be the same, there is still a conflict between them and one of the cards ends up disabled or not working properly. The problem is that they are both Nvidia cards and that is what is causing the conflict (same thing happens if two ATI cards that are DX 9 and DX 10), and doesn't happen if the other lower DX version card is a different make (Nvidia with ATI, etc) as despite the cards using a different WDDM they are also using totally different drivers.

P.S. You wouldn't be the first to run into this, there have been quite a few threads about this here (just couldn't tell you what search terms to use to find them).

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Question: Dual video cards

i was wondering i would like to run 2 monitors at the same time
can i install 2 video cards say 1 agp and 1 pci or will they conflict?
 

Answer:Dual video cards

You can run that, but it's not guaranteed to work. It'd be better to buy a new, cheap card with dual outputs.
 

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Question: Dual Video Cards

I have a question on setting up 2 monitors. I have a digital projector and an LCD monitor running on my ATI video card. It can run both monitors but the problem is I cannot run each monitor with a different resolution. My projector goes up to 800x600 and I want my LCD to go higher but it can't because the video card only puts out the same on each port.

Can I add another video card to the system and have it run a different resolution? I wanted to know this before I go buy another card thanks for any input.

Matt
 

Answer:Dual Video Cards

MetalSmith said:

I have a question on setting up 2 monitors. I have a digital projector and an LCD monitor running on my ATI video card. It can run both monitors but the problem is I cannot run each monitor with a different resolution. My projector goes up to 800x600 and I want my LCD to go higher but it can't because the video card only puts out the same on each port.
Click to expand...

I think you just answered yourself "same on each port". If your monitor supports DVI (most do) you can get a dual head card with DVI and VGA. Else, you can get a XGA converter with a Y cable to convert your VGA to S-video for your projector which is close to 800.

If what you are trying to say is that your s-video port is set at 800x600 which also changes your VGA port as well on a dual head ATI card, you should try new drivers as the older ones seemed to have that problem in the rush to market.
 

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Question: Dual video cards

I was wondering if I could have a crash course on dual vids, one monitor. My board specifies that you can either run 1 pcie 2.0 @ 16 or 2 at x8/x8. Even though the split I'm sure you would still get better performance from 2.

Anyhow, how exactly does it work?
 

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Question: Dual Video Cards

I was thinking of purchasing a motherboard with two pci express x16 slots along with two pci express cards. Do you have to do anything special for dual video cards or would you just pop em' both in and do what you normally do?
 

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Question: dual video cards

i work at a school and most of the computers are using dual video cards so the teachers can show computer sites on the tvs. my question is when you put a cd or dvd in the drive of the computer and it brings up windows media player all you get on the tv is a black media player and it doesn't play what is on the cd. you get the sound and it plays fine on the monitor. why would it not project on the tv when the desktop shows up just fine and websites show up fine. it is only if it is reading from the cd drive. is there a setting that needs to be changed to be able to view from the cd drive. most of the video cards are nvidia gforce and the settings are on clone. thanks again in advance.
 

Answer:dual video cards

You mean, dual resolution right? If you meant dual video cards, you meant running in SLI mode/Crossfire..
I'm not quite sure what your trying to ask us.
 

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Question: Dual video cards

I have a radeon 9800 agp card and a radeon 9250 pci card. And an SiS mother board. For some reason i can't get the two to work together. In bios it asks me which one i want to have as my primary(agp or pci) but nothing else. I have two monitors and if i plug them both into one card, both monitors work, and if i plug them both into the 2nd card, both monitors still work, but when i plug one monitor in each, only one monitor works. I'm trying to get 3 or maybe even 4 monitors to work.

Answer:Dual video cards

as far as i know no os supports using 2 video cards at once , theres a reason 2 in sli/crossfire is seen as 1 card on the os.. , if you gotta get it done youll need to get this http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProdu...duct_Id=146894
edit you can probably get it for less on some other sites

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I have a Gigabyte M57SLI-S4 AM2 NFORCE 570 mb and am currently running an Nvidia 256mb 8400gs (yeah, I know, not the best card, but what I could afford when I bought it).  Anyway, a friend of mine also has an Nvidia 8400 gs that he is replacing with a better card and I was wondering what I would have to do to set them up on my system.  Do you just plug in the other card and that's it?  Which one do you connect the monitor to, or does it matter?Also, I know both cards have to be the same, but does it matter if the manufacturer is different?

Answer:How do I set up dual video cards?

you will need an SLI bridge. your motherboard might have come with one, if not, you will need to buy one. i believe you will also need to set up your SLI configuration in windows, however, i cannot be sure for i have never done an SLI setup before.QuoteAlso, I know both cards have to be the same, but does it matter if the manufacturer is different?no.

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I'm back with my friends ex-Compaq computer probs. The bios upgrade from compaq to gigabyte went off fine. The udma 100 hdd hauls butt at udma 66. Now since its so much faster they would like to run applications which use more than the 8mb shared system video memory. I didn't see any way to disable the onboard video in the new bios. There IS an option initiate 1st- agp or pci video. Will this board [Gigabyte GA5SMM -SiS 530 & 5595 AGPset] accept a pci video card?
 

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HI chaps n chapesses.
I have a gateway DX4300
AMD Phenom II x4 805
built in ATI 3200
Extra ATI 4350 with dual monitors attached
8 Gig ram, 1TB HD
phillips 244e and a samsung syncmaster 940bw monitors
I dont game but I use many many programs at once, and after about an hour my screen goes blank. then I get a "no video input"
My computer has stopped working but is still on and has to be reset by unplugging otherwise it wont come back with vid working.
Ive had the computer for about a year and never had problems apart from lousy speed until about three weeks ago.
I looked at my windows update list and it says that ATI updated but I cant seem to roll it back.
Help please?
 

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My boss is having me look into setting up dual monitors on one of the computers in the office. I found out that we only have one VGA connector and will need to purchase and install a video adapter. I have other questions but I will address them later, what I need to know now is how can I find out what kind of adapter I need and what will work with my system?

Im not sure what kind of info you will need so I'll give you the basics.

HP Compaq dc5700 microtower
Intel Core 2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz
1 GB RAM
Win XP Pro.

Anything else - I'll gladly tell. Thanks
 

Answer:new video adapter for dual monitors

Here are the product specifications for this computer.

Looks like you have 1 PCIe 1x slot for a video card.

Most cards at this link will do the job.

Depending on how you want to setup the dual monitors, you may be able to get away with a cheaper solution. If you simply want to duplicate the display, you could get away with a 'Y-cable' that splits the single output to two monitors.

Or if you want to extend your desktop, and do different things on both, then you will need a card with dual-output.
 

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Hey I had a dual monitor setup for a while (22" Samsung's) and got it to use for video editing one Premiere Pro CS4. After a week I just really did not like the feel of it. So I returned them and got one 24" and have not been happier. I know dual monitors is more industry standard, but what I really want to know is, what am I missing out on?
 

Answer:Dual Monitors,Video Editing?

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I am trying to set up a dual monitor configuration at work and I have a really cheap computer and I am not sure if I can make it work but I want to give it a try.

The computer is pretty much a bare bones rig but it at least has the latest P4 CPU and it runs WIN XP Pro.

The computer has onboard video with no AGP slot but it has several open PCI slots available. What want to know I can I install a PCI video card and somehow get the computer to run in a dual monitor configuration with the onboard video?

If anyone has made this work and will share their knowledge with me I would appreciate it, Thanks!
 

Answer:Dual Monitors w/ Onboard Video

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Hey guys looking to setup a dual monitor setup (dvi and vga on both monitors)
and i need to get a video card (ati) that will work on my p3 comp that supports 4x agp
Can someone point me to something good and cheap by ati???
i have looked and I'm lost.
Can someone help
 

Answer:Dual Monitors VIDEO CARD ??: HELP

A Radeon 9250 should fit that bill: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814131255
 

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Hello Group,
Hope someone can help as I need to get this up and running for a museum exhibit.
Problem:
Installed a secondary monitor, works just fine, can drag windows to/from both screens, and can play .mpg videos on secondary screen just fine.
But when I try to play a dvd there is only black space within Windows Media Player. As a test I played a dvd on the primary monitor, works fine, then dragged the window such that half the window was on my primary screen (running the dvd just fine), and the other half was on my secondary screen ... with black space.
Using a Toshiba Satellite PC, with GeForce 4 440
Googled and found one person having same problem and the recommended fix was:
Right Click on desktop>Properties>Settings>Advanced
then click on the GeForce tab and a pull-out window should appear - it didn't. In that case the fix said to go to overlay controls tab, but mine was all grayed out and unable to make any adjustments - they recommended disable zoom options.
All this is rather exasperating and beyond my level of experience.
Hope to hear from someone who can walk me through this.
Thanks.
Charles
 

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Hey guys

on my second monitor, i cant watch any videos

is there any reason why?

Answer:Dual Monitors Video Problem

Is your second monitor blank?

We need more info.

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Okay, here's what I want to do. I want to send video output to a Plasma in my family room and also have output to the computer monitor in the adjacent office. I have the option of using either VGA or DVI to either monitor, so I can use a video card that has dual VGA/DVI outputs. Or, I can buy a separate PCI video card. Right now I have an ATI All-in-Wonder 7500.

Am I better off to get a new video card with dual monitor output or have two separate video cards. If the former, what video cards do you recommend? I know I've seen recommendations for the 9600 Pro, which seems to have dropped significantly in price? I'd like to stay with ATI as I've always used that.
 

Answer:Dual Video Output or Two Separate Video Cards for Plasma Display?

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Configuring a new computer and have a few questions. Will be gaming quite a bit on it with COD4 and other new titles. Performance is the factor here. Can either have :

512MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT or

Dual 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 GTS - SLI Enabled

Which will give the best performance? I know the single has a faster gpu, but does the dual make up the speed?
Also with the SLI should I go xp or vista?
 

Answer:Dual video cards vs single

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I'm getting my hubby a Geforce 8800GT for Xmas.  Right now we have have identical CPUs with a 6800 in them.  When he gets this new card he can give me his old one and I can run both the 6800s in mine.  Will a 500W power supply support both cards?  If I need more power, how much?The really sad thing is....I could ask him and he would know instantly, but he'd be smart enough to know what I'm up to and ruin my surprise. 

Answer:Powering dual video cards

Wow . . . a relationship where both people are into computers.That's what I'd like, heh.Just hope that he doesn't run into this thread.Off topic randomness aside . . . yes, a 500W PSU should be fine, as long as you're not running huge amounts of things like 10 hard drives or something.

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I am looking to buy a new XPS Tower.  It comes with a GE Force GT 730 video card.  I would like to add a second GT 730 card so it will run 4 monitors.  Dell sales people tell me that this won't work.  Are they correct? The description page says it has 4 open slots?

Answer:Dual Video Cards in New XPS Tower

They are correct. The new XPS 8910 tower only has one PCIe x16 video card slot on the motherboard. The GeForce GT730 has the following video out ports = VGA, HDMI, DVI-D DL
The Nvidia specifications page (middle one) state it has three monitor support. I do not see anything in the XPS 8910 BIOS that would allow you to use BOTH the GeForce GT730 and the onboard DP (DisplayPort) and HDMI out ports. I would look for a PCIe x16 video card that offers four monitor support and simply remove the GeForce GT730. Something like the AMD FirePro W4100 which has four Mini DisplayPorts.
"The description page says it has 4 open slots."
True, it states, "4 PCIe expansion slots (x1, x1, x4, x16)"
But only the x16 slot works with a video card.

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I am trying to set up a dual monitor system. I am using an ECS-K7SEM main board with onboard video disabled and 2 s3 virge ex/dx pci video cards installed.
My problem is that i am only able to use 1 card at a time. As soon as I install the second card it says "This device cannot start. (Code 10)". If I take out the other card and boot into windows it is fine untill I put both cards in.

btw I am running win xp pro.

Thanks for your help.
 

Answer:Dual PCI Video Cards Conflicting

Some cards will not work in a system with another card. They have to be multi-monitor compliant to do this. Because of the fact that new video cards are developed almost daily, there seems to be no comprehensive list of cards that will or won't and this technology is so seldomly used the cards themselves come with no labeling or packaging that tells you whether it will or won't.

Generally, I have found that the newer the video card, the more likely it will do multiple displays.
 

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Ok Dum question - How does one hook up a single monitor to dual pci express video cards with a Y or is dual pci express for dual monitors? DK
 

Answer:Dual PCI Express video cards ?

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Currently I have an AGP Radeon card and an old PCI ViRGE card. I wanted to run dual monitors with the AGP card as primary but it seems that this isn't possible. If I was to get a new card what kind should I get? I would like an AGP card with VGA support for at least two monitors, are there cards that can handle two monitors? What are some of my options if I have 1 AGP slot and want to have multiple monitors?
Thanks
 

Answer:Video Cards and Dual Monitor

Why isn't it possible? I run with a Radeon 9600XT and an old 2MB Canopus Total3D PCI card at the same time...

Anyway, all you need is an AGP card with a VGA output and a DVI output, and you can get a DVI->CRT adapter to get the second monitor on. They usually come with the card, or if not, you can get them for like $15.
 

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Hello!

It seems as if every gamer has dual video cards these days. I have another PCI-E slot just sitting there and would love to add another video card on top of my Nvidia 8800 GT.

Do I need to get a certain video card, or can I pick any one? (I didn't know if it's like dual memory where you have to have the same amount of memory in each video card [i.e. - two 512MB cards, two 1GB cards, etc.])

Also, if I'm running two video cards...which one do I plug the monitor into?

Thanks!
 

Answer:How do dual video cards work?

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merry christmas and a happy new year to all! I have a small problem!

I ordered a new computer online and began to set it up, soon to find my ViewSonic LCD doesnt wanna catch a signal. I'm using the DVI cable and keep in mind my new computer has two video cards. Anyone have any idea?

new comp specs:
CASUPGRADE: NONE
CPU: (939-pin) AMD ATHLON(TM)64 4000+ CPU w/ Hyper Transport Technology
CD: 16X DVD ROM
CD2: (Special Price) LG GWA-4161 16X DVD+/-R/+/-RW + CD-R/RW DRIVE DUAL LAYER
HDD: 160GB Hard Drive (SATA150 - Hitachi 160GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache
MONITOR: ViewSonic VX724 17" 3 MS Xtreme Gaming LCD Display Monitor
MOTHERBOARD: (Sckt939)EVGA nForce4 SLI Chipset SATA RAID Dual PCI-E Mainboard
w/GbLAN,USB2.0,&7.1Audio
MEMORY: 2048 MB (512MBx4) PC3200 400MHz Dual Channel DDR MEMORY (Corsair
High Performance Thermal Compound on CPU
SOUND: HIGH DEFINITION ON-BOARD 7.1 AUDIO
SPEAKERS: (BLACK) Logitech X530 70Watts 5.1 Configuration Speaker System
VIDEO: NVIDIA Geforce 7800 GT 256MB 16X PCI Express Video Card
VIDEO2: NVIDIA Geforce 7800 GT 256MB 16X PCI Express Video Card
WIRELESSCARD: PCI Wireless 802.11g 54Mbps Network Interface Card
 

Answer:LCD not getting signal from dual video cards

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Hi,Does anyone know of any silent (no cooling fan!) video cards that can run 2 monitors simultaneously. I want to run 2 x 17 inch TFT's at 1200x1024, but don't need any crazy 3D madness as I just use the PC for music production.Ta

Answer:Video Cards with dual DVI outputs?

I use a Radeon 9700 that has facilities for running two monitors click hereTry here for info

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My computer has a factory installed Radeon X300 PCI express video card.
I’ve added a NVIDIA PCI video card so that I can run a second Monitor, thru a KVM switch - which works fine.

My Problem is the new Video card for my second (optional) monitor shows up as Monitor # 1 … and the original card is assigned #2
The problem here is that the Second (optional) monitor (#1) now seems to be the default monitor when booting into Safe mode (as one example).

How do I reverse the Video card (numerical ?) assignments so that the original Video card is the default primary monitor (#1) ?
 

Answer:Solved: Dual Video Cards ???

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Can anyone tell me about the pros of having 2 video cards.
I am going to build a system soon and want to posibley use dual video cards.
 

Answer:Benefits of dual Video cards

Two video cards are very helpful for running games at high resolutions or for instances where you need to use more than two monitors at the same time.

The gaming benefits vary, but are usually only very significant at high resolutions such as 1600x1200 and above. Realistically, dual-card solutions cannot double performance, as theoretically expected, over a single card. Gains of 30-50% are most common.

Cons of having two cards include increased heat dissipation, increased power consumption, and driver issues, especially with newly-released games that need hotfixes or new driver releases to take advantage of both cards.

And FYI, the above do not necessarily apply to dual-GPU solutions like the HD 4870X2, since the implementation is quite different, and driver support for such cards is usually better than for, say, two HD 4870s in Crossfire.
 

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I am going to buy an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe MoBo to support an AMD Athlon 64 3700+. My question is about dual graphics cards. This MoBo Supports them, but right now I am using a BFGtech NVidia Geforce 6800 GT Overclocked. In order to use both slots on my MoBo, would I need a duplicate of the current vid. card, or would i need two entirely new cards that are made for such a MoBo? I have been constructing this computer for a few months now and this is the final step. Let me know what you think...Thanks.
 

Answer:Question on Dual Video Cards

You need another bfg card of the same model. They should be the same to work right.
 

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Hello, I would like to connect 2 monitors to a M75p and have a PCI-E video card installed.  Is it possible to enable the onboard video and the PCI-E video card simultaneously? Please help. Thank you,Robert

Answer:Dual Monitors on M75 with a PCI-E video card and onboard video?

I've been searching for a solution for an M75P 9979 A1U as well, except I need three monitors working. I've installed an Asus Radeon EAH3450 PCIe card and can get dual video with it (system defaulted to pcie card as soon as I installed it). I've tried changing the setting in the bios to onboard (IGD), but it disables the pcie card (doesn't even show up on device manager, infact nothing shows up under display adapters). Setting the bios to pcie (PEG) disables the onboard (again, the onboard doesn't show up on device manager).  I'm pretty well versed with computer systems so if I have to change some jumper settings on the mobo or flash the bios, its not a problem. If anyone is looking for just dual-monitor, the EAH3450 (512mb pcie) goes for about $65-70 CAD and works fine, has 1 vga and 1 dvi port, plus a dvi-to-vga adapter).

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Background: I have a custom-built machine purchased from a small mom & pop shop in town. It's about a year old, came with a 3 Ghz P4, and 2GB of RAM. It was sold to me relatively cheap, and I know currently its using onboard video. I do not know the make of the motherboard, and I won't know for another week (I'm out of town). I know it has an available PCI-E slot available. Runs Windows XP Home. The current monitor is hooked up to the onboard VGA port, and works fine.

My question: I want a secondary monitor setup so I can have an extended desktop, as cheap as possible. Can I buy a cheap PCI-E video card, hook up the second monitor to it, while having the first monitor hooked up to the onboard video port? I remember running into problems with using onboard plus an expansion-card type of video card together. I realize I can buy a dual-monitor video card for relatively cheap, but I'm pretty confident I can scrounge up a PCI-E video card even cheaper.

TIA
 

Answer:Dual Monitors -- is running off of onboard video plus pci-e video possible?

No it won't work that way, you would have to use one or the other. Get a pci-Xpress card with 2 ports and you should be fine.
 

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Does anyone know of a way to set up a *full screen* video spanned across two monitors? I know you can stretch the player, but that leaves the top and bottom bars... and at least Winamp and Windows Media Player, both use a single display when going full-screen with no other options (that I've found), any solutions?

Danke.

Answer:Dual monitors ... full-screen video, somehow?

see if this helps... Using Multiple Monitors with Windows XP

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I'm having problems setting up dual video mode on my Win XP system using an EVGA NVidia GeForce 7600 GS video card. I have plugged my 2nd monitor into the 2nd socket, switched it on but I do not see anything.

I found a 'how to' article that said I needed to identify the 2nd display. It asked my to go to Start -> Control Panel -> Appearance and Themes. The Appearance and Themes choice does not appear in my control panel! Does anyone have any ideas on how I could get to 'Appearance and Themes?'

If I choose Display in the control panel, none of the tabs or buttons on the tabs seem to give me a coice of monitor, just my main monitor is displayed.

If I go to the Device Manager, I see the NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS. Going to properties, I see nothing related to 2 monitors.

Thanks for any help you can give...

PCB.
 

Answer:Dual Monitors on EVGA7600GS video card

"Appearance and Themes" only shows in you have the Control Panel set for "Category View" rather than the "Classic View" most people set it too. Choosing Display in the Classic View get you to the same area.

You may need to reinstall the drivers to get the second monitor showing under the "Settings" tab of "Display".

Latest drivers here: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp-275.33-whql-driver.html

You can also use the nVidia Control Panel that will install with the drivers to enable and configure the second monitor; access it by right clicking on the desktop or from "All Programs -> nVidia".
 

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Hello!
I have a few questions and I'm out of my depth. Major Geeks has come to my rescue before, so I thought I'd try asking a few direct questions.

1) I'm pretty sure my current 8800GTX is dying, sad to say it's only been a year and a half since I bought it, and I didn't register it so the Warranty's not valid. Ideally, since it's just starting to go bad (I only notice it on WoW, really) I'd like to use this card to power my secondary monitor (thus dedicating all the memory to it, and having it run fairly easy, since the only thing there usually is a web browser) I've updated and rolled back drivers, reseated the card, checked wattages and run it through benchmarks (though oddly enough, none of the 3DMark stuff showed any problem or artefacts on screen.) Thought it may've been the game, so I uninstalled it and reinstalled it, and same problem (though it does run smoother) Is there any other way I can test it? 'cause truth be told, I'd prefer not to buy a new card just now.
If you're interested in a screenshot, this is an example of what keeps happening. If you look in the lower right hand corner, you can see two of the icons beginning to deform. This happens fairly rapidly and all over the screen- then will suddenly quit and be fine for an hour or two. Once however, it was that bad.

2) I need a new primary card if the old one's busted beyond hope, and I think it is. Was thinkin something in the nvi... Read more

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I've had my emachine for a while now and I recently added a few things including a video card, a raidon whatever.. well it works beautifully. Now I recently acquired a second monitor and I have my default monitor slot and I'd like to set up a dual monitor configuration. I tried to set it up by extending my desktop and all that but it got me nowhere as it just pretends I never hit the check box then I hit apply. So I went into bios and told it to first load the integrated card.. it's still only showing on my old monitor on the new card. Is there any way to make this work?
 

Answer:New video card plus integrated.. can I do dual monitors?

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Hi there - just a quick question.....

I would like to know if the PNY VCGFX522PEB GeForce FX
5200 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Video Card is compatible with the NVIDIA®
GeForce®4? MX graphics with 64MB DDR shared memory. I want to set up
dual monitors and need a 2nd video card.

Thanks!!
 

Answer:Video card for hooking up dual monitors

Is the NVIDIA® GeForce®4? MX graphics with 64MB DDR shared memory an onboard, i.e. integrated into the motherboard, display adapter? Most likely, you won't be able to use both onboard video and an add-on video card at the same time.

Does your FX 5200 have two video/monitor connectors? Many cards have one VGA connector and one DVI connector and will support two monitors.
 

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Hello All......I want to run two monitors on the M52. It only has the one VGA port so I added an ATI Mach64 video card. The system accepts the second card fine. The problem is that the two monitors don't run at the same time. I believe it has to do with the BIOS setting. The only option is to enable or disable the Integrated video. How can I make a change in the BIOS to activate both simultaneously? It's running Windows 7 but a second monitor is not detected.

Answer:m52 BIOS video setting for dual monitors

I think I now know the answer......get another video card with 2 VGA ports. Please mark this as solved

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Should have known hardware installation is not my forte.

Yesterday I installed an ATI Radeon 9550 video card, which proudly boasts integrated dual monitor support right on the front of the box. Liars! I installed my videocard, ran the disc that came with it to install the necessary drivers, and of course, added my second monitor exactly as the help files instructed.

The problem? Sporadically -- every twenty minutes, or two hours, or hell, sometimes even only a few seconds, my computer restarts itself with no warning. After this involuntary reboot, Windows XP tells me that "the system has recovered from a serious error". When, of course, I send the error report, Microsoft tells me that this is a driver issue.

I've been to the ATI site to look for answers and have found none. A google search brought me here, so any help offered would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 

Answer:ATI Video Card Hates Dual Monitors

if you are using the drivers that came with the card they are out of date

try these:
http://www2.ati.com/drivers/wxp-w2k-catalyst-8-10-050119a-020581c.exe

what video card were you using before? if you did not uninstall them before you installed the radeon drivers that can cause problems ... also make sure your mobos drivers are up to date as well
 

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With assistance from this helproom I have successfully ?cloned? my desktop onto two monitors (both connected via a "128 DDR ATI Radeon 9700 Pro w/TV out" video card.Unfortunately, since then, I have been unable to view the video output on ?wmv? files.The audio on these files is OK but no video is displayed.If I disable the second monitor then the video on the ?wmv? file is restored.I am using Windows Media Player v10Can anybody help me to sort this please?

Answer:Loss of video on 'wmv' files using dual monitors

Macrovision technology prevents you from doing this.

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Is there a way to have true* dual monitors using only the onboard vga?
*By true I mean not a copy of the first display, but independed 2 displays.
 

Answer:Dual Monitors no video card? Is that possibele?

http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/gxm/home.php
 

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I'm trying to set up two identical monitors (don't think it matters, but they are Cornea MP704 monitors). Using ECS P4M800PRO-M motherboard and an add in e-GeForce 6200 128 MB DDR AGP card.

Seems that the AGP card auto disables the onboard, and I see no options of over riding that, unless there is a jumper on the motherboard, but, the user's manual isn't too detailed and doesn't indicate any jumper setting..........

or am I out of luck with this motherboard usnig dual monitors? Or do I need another add in card, perhaps PCI and the AGP?
 

Answer:Solved: Dual Monitors using onboard video

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How can I put the task bar on both monitors?
 

Answer:Dual Monitors with vista

I think you need a 3rd part software..I think its called Ultramon, google it. Not sure if they have a fully compatible vista version yet either

I have never used it.
 

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= headache.

Anyway I've got:
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU @3.0GHz 1333 FSB
MSI G31M-F Intel G31 chipset LGA 775 Motherboard
4GB Ram DDR2/800 Corsair Memory
Rosewell Stallion 500W Powersupply
1 320GB 7200RPM HDD
Windows Vista 32bit vers
and Nvidia Geforce 9500 GT (xfx) Vid Card with DVI and VGA capabilities (latest drivers as of 3 March 09 installed)

My problem is.. Dual monitors arent working. I saw mentioned in another post that VGA / DVI may not work I've searched everywhere gotten with XFX about what to do and no luck. I've tried reformatting and no success.

When I right click the desktop -> Personalize -> Display settings -> try to set up 2nd monitor it will not work the 2nd monitor icon will revert to greyed out once you hit ok or apply. I'm stumped please help
 

Answer:Dual Monitors VGA & DVI + Vista

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I have 2 monitors plugged in to my computer via a Y adapter on a Windows Vista desktop with a NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430, but it is not recognizing 2 monitors. Currently both monitor are showing the same screens at the same time on each monitor, but I can not extend the desktop to the other monitor to run separate task on each. Any suggestions as to what could be wrong? Thanks.

Answer:Vista dual monitors

i think it is because of the Y adapter, Windows only thinks that there is one monitor.
Correct me if i'm wrong, but i believe you need a video card with multiple outputs (or multiple video cards)

Edit: found proof http://www.microsoft.com/athome/orga...omonitors.aspx

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If you only have a single VGA or DVI connector, you will need to install a video adapter. You can either install a second video adapter or replace your current video adapter with one that has two VGA or DVI connections. Installing video adapters can be difficult if you're not familiar with the inside of your computer, so you may want to seek assistance from a local computer retailer that offers computer upgrade services.

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I'm using vista and want to set up so i can use my monitor and my LCD TV. At the rear of my computer I have two VGA ports, I have two VGA leads and my TV has a built in VGA lead. Can I just plug it in for it to work?

If so I've tried this and the TV screen just displays a message saying "No Signal". Any advice is appreciated.

System information below:

System Information
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Time of this report: 10/21/2010, 18:24:47
Machine name: ROB-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista? Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.100608-0458)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Compaq-Presario
System Model: GV329AA-ABU SR5249UK
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
Memory: 3070MB RAM
Page File: 2436MB used, 3919MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode
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Display Devices
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Card name: ATI Radeon HD 2400
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: ATI Radeon Graphics Processor (0x94C3)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94C3&SUBSYS_10411462&REV_00
Display Memory: 1523 MB
Dedicated Memory: 244 MB
Shared Mem... Read more

Answer:Dual monitors vista

You have to remember to click click the desktop on your computer -> Properties -> ScreenSettings -> Set it to the setting you want (Extended Desktop, the same Desktop on both monitors)

^Have you remembered to do that?

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i have an ati x1300 video card with 3 vidoe outputs. one is vga, then svideo, then dvi. i use the vga but i want a dual monitor setup. so i bought a dvi to vga converter. i go and plug it in and nothing shows up on the second screen. i enabled and all the rest to try and make it work. if i just use the dvi it still doesnt work. i know the monitor works (its a crt one) any help?

also it maybe that the converter is bad. if anyone could give me a new one or something. they are real cheap like most $10 tks
 

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Hi,

As the title states can 1 monitor be run from dual video cards in motherboards with crossfire or sli?

Or is it only if you are using 2 monitors?

Thanks
 

Answer:Solved: Can 1 monitor be run from dual video cards?

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just a quick question; I have these dual cards on my win 7 machine, and I want to get on the win 10 preview already, but am concerned that there will be an issue with this video card setup; is any one running these cards in a dual setup on the 10074 version or later? Are there any issues, or can I just get on it and start the fun?

Thanks

Answer:Dual Radeon HD 6670 Video Cards and win 10

wase4711 said:

just a quick question; I have these dual cards on my win 7 machine, and I want to get on the win 10 preview already, but am concerned that there will be an issue with this video card setup; is any one running these cards in a dual setup on the 10074 version or later? Are there any issues, or can I just get on it and start the fun?

Thanks



I have two MSI R9 270s on CrossFire, no issues. Win 10 in fact keeps updating the driver which I really don't like. But other than that, it's working fine.

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I have had two video cards in this machine (Windows XP Home SP2) in the past for a dual screen setup..
Today I put in a 2nd video card again (as the one that was in there previously has gone walk-about) but I dont have the option in windows for the 2nd screen.

Everything appears fine in device manager (the screen that is working is the PCI ViRAGE one), as for the GeForce - well the light on the monitor comes on but doesnt display a picture, but in display properties there is no option for the 2nd card. (see attached screenshot)

Any ideas? - I've tried uninstalling/Reinstalling the Geforce, and the ViRAGE, but I cant get it work..

Any Suggestions to why the option isnt appearing?
 

Answer:2 video cards, but no dual screen option!

I did a search for this and got this:

To install additional monitors
Turn off your computer.
Insert your additional Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) or Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) video adapter into an available slot.
Plug your additional monitor into the card.
Turn on your computer. Windows will detect the new video adapter and install the appropriate drivers.
Open Display in Control Panel.
On the Settings tab, click the monitor icon that represents the monitor you want to use in addition to your primary monitor.
Select the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box, and then click Apply or OK.
If the check box is not displayed on your computer, it may be because your video adapter does not support multiple monitors. See Notes for information about compatible hardware.

Notes

To open Display, click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
Selecting the Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor check box allows you to drag items across your screen onto alternate monitors.
Or, you can resize a window to stretch it across more than one monitor.

To use the multiple monitor support feature, you need a PCI or AGP video adapter for each monitor. If you have an onboard video adapter (one that is not a plug-in card but is part of the motherboard) that you want to use as part of a multiple-monitor configuration, it must be set as VGA.
To find hardware that is supported by Windows operating systems, visit the Windows Catalog on the... Read more

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I've got a bit of a strange issue that I haven't had with previous OSes on this PC. I'm running a Dell OptiPlex 380 with Win 8 x64 at the office and I have to run 2 video cards for all of my screens. I have a GeForce 8400GS in the PCI-E slot and a GeForce 6200 in the PCI slot.

Previous to the Win 8 install, it worked fine. Booted exactly as I had shut it off. Now, with 8 - it's killing my PCI-E card presumably when it puts the screens to sleep when I leave for the day. So I'm coming in to all of my windows being moved to the PCI card's monitor (only one hooked to it) and I have to reboot to get PCI-E card to come back.

If I check the screen properties, I see only the screen hooked to the PCI card. I've changed the setting in the BIOS for the first video card to Auto and also tried the PCI-E selection and it's the same either way.

Why on earth would it default to the PCI card rather than the PCI-E card? Any thoughts?

Answer:Issues running dual video cards (PCI/PCI-E)

Okay, so with everything working -- I rebooted just to see how it acts and it came back up with all screens / cards working. However I do see an exclamation icon on the 6200 PCI card. It says Windows has stopped the device, but the screen is working fine. LOL -- that's a new one for me. I've never seen a stopped device that still works. =)

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Is it true you can run dual video cards on a single moniter for better video preformance? Does anyone know any good articles or can give a brief run down of the process for me please?
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Scott
 

Answer:Dual Video Cards single monitor

You're talking about SLI (nVIdia) or CrossFire (ATI). In truth, from what I've read, you'll be better served by putting the money that you'd spend on the two video cards into one really high-end video card. There are plenty of stories about issues getting SLI systems to perform better than a single video card.
 

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Is it possible to run, say, two x1600xt's in an Nforce 4 SLI Ultra motherboard, or does Nvidia prevent this somehow? I currently have an ATI card, but I am not impressed with the crossfire motherboards out there.
 

Answer:Running Dual ATI Video Cards in an SLI Motherboard

Heh, I was wondering myself but honestly I'd rather not attempt it.
 

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hi im running 4gb of ram and quad 2.2 phenom processors along with dual geforce 8800 640 meg cards. now i was wondering how i know if both cards are working with each other to produce 1300 mb of graphics memory.
 

Answer:vista dual vid cards

You wont double up on the mem, afraid it doesnt work that way. If you run in SLI mode, you have 2 cards working together with 640 each, if you run in non sli mode you get 2 cards working separately with 640 each.
 

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Hi allI am really hopeing someone can help with a problem regarding using Dual Nvidia 8800GTX 768mb cards on Vista Ultimate 64-bit, i am still using winxp pro on one H/D and Vista on the other, the problem i have is in the Nvidia control panel, on xp it shows i can enable SLI and use both cards, but when i use Vista Ultimate 64-bit i dont have the option of SLI and uses only one card, in the device manager both cards are showing but one has a yellow ! on one of them, i have used all the latest drivers that are recommended but still no joy, this is what it says in the device manager for the failing card...This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. (Code 12)If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system.Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available.I do alot of gaming and swapped to vista to try and get it running (though i hate it) and to give it a chance but this is the only snag i have with it, ive been told its a problem with vista drivers etc but im also told there is a cure for this but i cant seen to find it if there is?My specs....AMD Athlon 64FX-62 (2.8GHz) Socket AM22GB Ram -Corsair XMS2 800MHzASUS M2N4-SLI:Dual DDR2,S-ATAII,2xPCI-E,2xPCIDual Nvidia Geforce 768MB 8800GTX PCI-E Galaxy 1000 PSU I hope there is a cure as i hear Vista is great using DX10

Answer:Dual Cards Using Vista

I've got the same problem. Only with a little different hardware, I'm using a ASUS M2N-E SLI with 2 nvidia 8600gt 512mb with Vista home premium 32 bit, and I can't update my video drivers.I get this message"best driver already installed"etc. I've e-mailed nvidia and Asus (who blame each other for the problem)with little luck..let me know if you find the fix...

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Hi, I have to connect 2 monitors to a M52, 1x VGA + 1x DVI.  Is it possible to connect two monitors  to the M52 (8215-D1G) if i use a Lenono DVI-I PCI-E VIDEO CONNECTION GRAPHIC ADAPTER. Does the onboard vga still work if i use the DVI-connection on the video connectioncard? Please help me. Thankx, Martijn  

Answer:Dual Monitors on M52 with a DVI-I PCI-E VIDEO CONNECTION GRAPHIC ADAPTER

You got mail.

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Whats up all, first post on the question that caused me to stumble on the forums. I like the forums BTW, very informative, lots of knowledge among the users.

My question is only partially covered by the chosen forum (so please correct of necessary) since there is no monitor forum, but hey, I'm halfway covered right?

Anyway, to the point. I plan on running multiple monitors with one being a touchscreen.

First off, is this even possible? The thought crossed my mind that if there was a visible cursor, the touchscreen might not "grab" it properly. I need to be able to use the touchscreen as a lauch pad of sorts, with my most common files \ shorcuts on it, touch, open, back to the old school monitor.

Or does having a touchscreen require ALL monitors to be touchscreen (it might delete the visible cursor.)

Second, can I still use my touchscreen monitor with the cursor (as if it was just a standard monitor?)

Lastly, can I run a touchscreen on an old (4-8mb) video card? I can't imagine needing more than 800x600 \ 16 bit. This will be a smaller monitor and really just used for a launch pad.

Anyway, thanks for the (future) help and I look forward to stopping by (once ASUS decides its time to mail the box!)

Answer:Dual Monitors-One Touchscreen One LCD-Older Video Card?

Lets start with your system specs. Especially your video card. Cause it's going to be a problem. Thanks

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I have Lenovo Desktop. Pentium Dual CPU E2200 @ 2.20GHzRunning Windows XP.  It's about 3 years old.This started by me wanting dual monitors.  Only had 1 VGA outlet on computer.  After research, purchased ATI HD-4350 Video Card, mainly to get two video outlets (DVI and HDMI).  Connecting to HPS2031 monitor and LG monitor - they both have VGA and DVI ports.  My computer boots with the two monitors and video card hooked up, however only shows one monitor screen (without task bar) - the other monitor goes to sleep.  I cannot shut computer off using normal log-off commands.  So, I manual power off, then when I turn it back on  it just sits there running fan.  So, I manual shutdown again.  When I power-on again, the computer is frozen - it just buzzes.  If I change the jumper on the CMOS, it doesn't even buzz - is dead.  Change jumper back, and it boots.  I need help.  There must be some basic conflict in my system, and I am getting very discouraged, however would really like to get two monitors working.  Any suggestions?

Answer:ATI HD-4350 Video Card - Can't get dual monitors working

What ver. of XP ? ?Not all of them support dual monitors...

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Well I currently have a Stuido 17 running vista. I am trying to set it up so I can stow the computer away under my desk and run remote keyboard, mouse and dual monitors. I changed my settings for what closing the lid does and am also considering buying my monitors and a Lenovo notebook port replicator but wanted to make sure this could be done before I do so. My major questions are: Can I run both monitors off the one laptop? Will the processing speed be able to handle two remote monitors run while the lid is closed? Will this support gaming quality performance? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer:Vista Laptop w/ dual monitors? Possible?

Hello litehouse43, welcome to Vista Forums!



We'll not be able to help you unless you post all the specs, including the specs for the video output on the laptop in question.

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I don't know what is going on. I updated to Windows Vista from XP about a week ago. Installed all my drivers and everything worked great for three or four days. But, all the sudden and for no reason at all I woke up one morning and only had one monitor able to recieve a signal from my computer. I checked all my connections, checked all my equipment to make sure nothing was broke, updated all my drivers.

Now it's just funny. When I restart my computer sometimes my computer randomly changes which monitor works. Sometimes both work fine, sometimes both work but they're switched (it thinks the second monitor is the primary and vice versa). Sometimes both will work fine until I do something, for example if I'm browsing the internet and I click on a random link a monitor will just lose signal. Sometimes they both lose signals.

What is going on? I never had any such problems on XP. Then this problem begins in the middle of the night one night?

Oh and specs...

Vista 32 Home Basic
Lan Party UT NF4 Ultra-D motherboard
Nvidia GeForce 7900GS videocard

Answer:Vista + dual monitors = crapfest...

With an nvidia chipset I would not use the microsoft drivers, I would rather get the latest forceware from NVIDIA. Then you can use that control panel to properly configure you dual monitor display.

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Hello all,I'm having a hard time trying to set up two monitors in vista ultimate. I have an asus en6200tc nvidia video card which is dual head. One port is a dvi-d dual link and the other is a vga. Both monitors I have are crt, so I bought a dvi-d to vga adapter. I go through the whole process. I shutdown the pc, I hook up both monitors, once I reboot I go into display settings, I then click on box 2 and check "extend the desktop on this monitor" and the second monitor won't work. I tried just using one crt with the adapter in the dvi-d port and the monitor wouldn't work when I rebooted. So then I thought it was a problem with the adapter. But when I set up both again and then went into the nvidia control panel both monitors were detected but the second still wouldn't work.If anyone could help me sort this out it would be greatly appreciated.Btw, I tested the second monitor on it's own and is working fine.

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Windows. How crap. I had to reinstall vista, so what do i have to do.... ring microsoft to validate vista because it wont validate it online. So i called micorsoft, got the installation key from them, entered it. Rebooted. It now says its a genuine copy of vista, however, if i change some system settings it pops up a dialog saying 'Please check you copy of windows is genuine. You would think microsoft would get their affairs in order but NO!!!

Well.... on to my problem. My HD 3850 has 2 monitors plugged in to it. Both monitors and their cables work, i have tested them on my laptop. However, when i plug both into the 3850, only 1 monitor is active. Ive tried swapping the cables plugged in to the DVI ports on the card, the same monitor works. It seems i can not enable the second display in the CCC. When i try to extend desktop to the second monitor, the second monitor shows its active for 1 second then it greys out again. This problem only occurred after installing windows updates as it is a fresh copy of windows. What i have noticed is sometimes when i try to enable the second display... a windows error pops up saying something about 'certain features are not available for non-genuine windows users'. But i can see windows is genuine in System properties.

This is a pain in the #@[email protected]
I wish MS would get their [email protected]$%#@ in order.

Answer:Unvalidated Vista and Dual monitors

Hi djsiik


See if visiting Windows Update, and letting it do its Genuine blah blah blah dance for a bit helps. Even when activated, Vista still likes to install the "Genuine.." nonsense - I imagine it updates its "stolen keys" database & checks on things from time-to-time. Annoying? Highly.

I'd also get rid of whatever Catalyst version you have now & try something either newer or older. You have a fighting chance of getting it to work, just a few days ago, a reviewer at NewEgg (for the Visiontek version of the HD 3850) wrote
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works great for my dual monitor setup, as well as Vista Ultimate 64bit




Let us know if nothing is helping & we'll look for other cures.
. . . Gary


(Oops - almost forgot: also check in your EventViewer logs - in Vista's Administrative Tools in the Control Panel - to view the specific errors related to your attempts to select the secondary disply)

OK, a few more things -- what led to the reinstall? & what system setting changes led to the reappearance of the "genuine" messages?

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Hello all,

I'm having a hard time trying to set up two monitors in vista ultimate. I have an asus en6200tc nvidia video card which is dual head. One port is a dvi-d dual link and the other is a vga. Both monitors I have are crt, so I bought a dvi-d to vga adapter.

I go through the whole process. I shutdown the pc, I hook up both monitors, once I reboot I go into display settings, I then click on box 2 and check "extend the desktop on this monitor" and the second monitor won't work.

I tried just using one crt with the adapter in the dvi-d port and the monitor wouldn't work when I rebooted. So then I thought it was a problem with the adapter. But when I set up both again and then went into the nvidia control panel both monitors were detected but the second still wouldn't work.

If anyone could help me sort this out it would be greatly appreciated.

Btw, I tested the second monitor on it's own and is working fine.

Answer:Can't get dual monitors working in vista.

Hi
Try to reduce the resolution setting on 2nd monitor

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