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Q: Dual Video Cards single monitor

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

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A: 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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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?
 

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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
 

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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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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
 

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This is a strange one and i'm hoping someone can help me solve this!

I have a work PC with XP on with 2 x Nvidia 7300 GS graphics cards in. The system doesn't have an onboard graphics card and i've only got 2 so i can have dual monitors.

I tried to install Windows 7 Pro (32) on a seperate partition and it kept BSOD (hardware error 000124) on the 2nd reboot before finialising installation. The only way i've found of not making it BSOD (or just go to a black screen then restart) is to pull out one of the graphics cards and run it solo. With this done everything seems to work.

It will also happily boot into Safe Mode with both. I've got the latest NVidia driver from the site and it's been installed but that makes no difference to the issue.

Any ideas or should i just get 2 new gfx cards?

Cheers,

Craig

A:BSOD with Dual GFX cards, fine with single

craigeve, welcome to the forums.

For the stop 0x124 in almost all cases it is a hardware problem,

http://www.sevenforums.com/crash-loc...-what-try.html

which in your case seems to be fixed by pulling one of the cards.

As for using two cards for dual monitors, why? Unless you have an oddball video card, it should have two ports (if not three; a combination of DVI, VGA and/or svideo; and if three, only two of them can be active at one time).

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Hi, i just moved in to college and set up my computer, but due to limited space didn't bring my second monitor. Now my aim, and ventrilo windows are still on the other monitor but no way to get them to the current monitor for use. Any help?
 

A:Dual monitor to single monior, windows stuck on other monitor

Go into the properties of your graphics card and select Single Display.
 

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Hi guys! I've been coming across an issue lately and wanted to get some insight as to what exactly is going on. I'm guessing it's the video card, and all my drivers for it are up to date, but I want to make sure.

The first time this happened was on 5/31/2014(see attached screenshot). It's happened a total of 4 times in the past two weeks and always at the same instance. I have a single monitor plugged into my video card(HD 6850) and also have my TV plugged in as well for when I want to watch movies and such. Typically I am running my PC in dual monitor mode(duplicate screens) even when the TV is off but when I turn to TV on these past 4 times, the screen flashes black as normal, but instead of both screens appearing again in tandem the TV is blank and my pc monitor now has a GSOD. I've attached another screenshot as well from 6/4/2014.

It does not happen every time but as I noted it's done this 4 times. As instructed I've also attached my zip file with all the info from DM Log Collector. Let me know if I'm missing anything else that you need. My pc specs are in my profile as well.

A:BSOD when switching from single monitor to dual(monitor + TV)

Bump.

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Hi,

I'm currently using two 4:3 monitors of my PC, and I'd like to substitute them with one big wide screen monitor. The only thing I'm worry about is that I won't be able to have different "spaces" for my windows that they could expand to (so I could have, for example, my e-mail on the right part, and my browser on the left).

All I've found so far are virtual desktop software, but that's not what I need. I'm looking for something that splits the visible desktop into multiple parts.

Any ideas? I'm using Vista by the way
Appreciate your help
 

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i have only one monitor, and somehow it is being treat as though its the secondary monitor in a dual monitor set up.

i cannot view my start menu, or view any programs being opened, as when i try to open them, they presumeably open on the phantom primary monitor.

even when i try to open display settings, i cannot see the box.

i am able to move my mouse to the left border of the screen and move it off into oblivion, and occasionally drag random folders and short cuts over to view.

if anyone can walk me through how to fix this (im not very good with computers, beyond playing games it would be appreciated.

im on my gf's mac right now to write this post, as my pc cant do anything at the moment.

thanks

A:single monitor stuck in dual monitor setting

just wanted to add, when i go into safemode to try to change the settings from there, there is no monitor alternative to choose, and it is stuck in default. ive read here and there, that safe mode is where need to go to change this back to a single monitor, or at least choose your monitor as the primary, but i dont know if there are no options

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Hi

My question after thinking a lot is very simple... Does anyone know if there exists a cable that splits in two in one of the ends, or should I say a triple cable? Is it possible if it exists to link two monitors at the same pc with one only video card? turning the pc view with two monitors.

thanks
 

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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.
 

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Hi, I've been having a really annoying problem. I decided to upgrade my video card from my old Radeon 7000 VE AGP to the Sapphire Radeon 9550 AGP.

So I brought the card home, removed the 7000 (and drivers etc.) and plugged in the 9550, and basically the power started up (fans started working on comp and processor) and there was a single scratchy click around the video card, from that point nothing happened (HD didn't boot, there was no POST - there was no display, my monitor didn't get a signal, fans were still running)

I thought it was a faulty card, so I got a refund and bought a Sapphire Radeon X1650 pro AGP. exact same problem - the video card still made that clicking noise and stopped (the fan on the vid card was still working though)

I've tried the following:
-removing old drivers before replacing the card
-disabling on-chip VGA frame buffer on the bios
-resetting the CMOS manually
-cleaning the contacts on the video card
-removing the power from all other devices except mobo, vid card, and hard drive
-replacing the monitor cable

the weird part is, whenever I plug in my old radeon 7000 it works fine! (it's working fine now as I type this message) everything I do, the problem's being localized to the video card (either that or i'm really unlucky in that the two cards i got brand new from two different stores were both defective) again, the slot works fine with the other card (the only difference I can tell between the new cards and... Read more

A:Problem w/ new video cards! (power fine, single clicking noise in v card, no display)

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Hello,I have a teacher that would like to show a video, and work on grades at the same time using a single monitor. I thought I could just go in, and extend the screen, and all would be good. I don't see an option for extending the screen. The machine we are using is an HP5800 desktop, running Windows 7, and I have an Nvidia 8 bit add on graphics card. I tried to plug the monitor into the add on video card, and plug the projector into the onboard video card, however that didn't work. So I took the graphics card back out, and plugged the monitor in with a splitter, and then hooked the projector up. That didn't work out either. Any suggestions to make this work would be awesome!! The machine is only a 1gb ram, and 40gb hard drive. I think we are asking it to do the impossible!!Thank you in advance.

A:Would like a single monitor, to behave like dual monitors us...

fivelitregirl Sorry, but you misunderstand how the video in your PC is designed to work. Your PC has something known as Switchable Graphics, and that requires two video chipsets.When doing routine desktop stuff, the PC uses one of the graphics chips, but when more demanding work is done, like watching videos or playing video-intensive games, the PC automatically switches over to the other video chip. So, it only uses ONE video chip at a time, and switches between them. So basically, there is no way to utilize both video chips at the same time.

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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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Ok. So I'm looking into buying an Alienware Aurora computer but there is one thing I know nothing about....Dual Video cards vs Single!

If I were to get a single it would be the Nvidia GeForce GTX260 1.8GB

If I go with Dual I will be the Nvidia GeForce GTS240 1GB.

Please help me I have no clue which to go with!
 

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I have an ATI AIW 7500 agp and is hooked to a envision 15 inch LCD. i have another 17 inch envision CRT and recently I bought a Mad dog Geforce 4MX 440-se PCI 64mb for it.

I set up the driver for the pci card and proceed to the display setting and choose display 2 for my pci card. Got them to work but on and off my computer will freeze and I cannot even do a Ctrl-alt-del. I have to shut down my computer by pushing the power button.

Even after removing the pci card and the driver, my computer will still freeze. I used my norton systemworks to check and it mentioned about something wrong withe ActiveX/COM. It still freeze even I made norton to fix the problem. And evertime I scan the computer the same problem exist. Right now my system seem stable but I still would like to set up my second monitor.

I am using xp(sp1) as my OS.

Can anybody tell me where I have gone wrong or is there anyone having the same problem?
 

A:Dual monitor using ATI and Nivdia cards

try checking the bios to find out whether agp or pci video card starts first
 

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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.
 

A: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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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
 

A: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.
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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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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.

A: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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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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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?
 

A: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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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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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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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

A:Dual video cards

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

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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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Might have posted this subject in the wrong forum....

Anyway; I've just installed Vista Business x64, however I do have some problems setting up the Dual monitors.

I have:
On the left a Dell 2005FPW, which is pivoted (to read PDFs and stuff like that easier)
On the right a Samsung 226BW, which set to normal.

However, when I go to the NVIDIA setup, and try to tell which monitor is where and which should be the primary display. The primary display always tends to be placed on the left side in the software.

I want the Dell to be the extended display, while the Samsung is the primary display. But the software (either in Vista or the NVIDIA driver itself) insist on that both the primary and the first mentioned display is the same.

Any ideas?

I made this work in XP Pro, but in Vista it is hellishly annoying to make it work.

A:Dual Monitor setup for Nvidia cards

You might want to try Ultramon. I have been using it on all of my multi-monitor systems (both at home and in the office) for a few years now. I have been using the Vista x64 beta version since it became available in May with no problems. The software is created and maintained by one person (Christian Studer), so releases and patches can be a bit few and far between. But it's free to try and it is miles better at managing multiple displays than is Windows...

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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?

A: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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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!
 

A:How do dual video cards work?

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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
 

A:Dual PCI Express video cards ?

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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) ?
 

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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.
 

A: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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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
 

A: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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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.
 

A: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 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.
 

A: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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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
 

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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?

A: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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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?
 

A: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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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?
 

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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.

--

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?

A: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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