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Q: Optiplex 3040 video cards with dual monitors

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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Hi there,
I've got an OptiPlex 3040 micro running Windows 10 64bit (came installed on the machine) and two monitors (Dell U2415, came as a pair) using extended display. One monitor has an HDMI-HDMI cable going into the computer's HDMI port, the other has a DisplayPort-DisplayPort cable going into the computer's DisplayPort port. (There is no VGA port installed on this machine)
Both monitors are on the correct setting for detecting what cable is plugged into them. Whichever monitor the DisplayPort cable is plugged into cuts out to a black screen with nothing on it multiple times an hour during normal computing (mostly email and web browsing). Not a steady flicker, just randomly goes black and randomly comes back on.
I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers for the monitors, checked all the settings, ran the troubleshooter (no issues found), updated my graphics card driver (it was already the latest version), and nothing seems to be wrong there.
When I swapped the HDMI and DP cables to see if it was a cable issue or the physical monitor, the monitor that then had the DP cable plugged into it started to have the problem, whereas the other monitor (now plugged in via HDMI) had no problems. Originally there was a Mini DP-DP cable connecting one of the monitors and I thought maybe that was the issue, so I replaced it with a brand new DP-DP cable the other day. Still having issues with whichever monitor is connected via DP.

This computer is not even three months o... Read more

A:OptiPlex 3040 micro, dual monitors using HDMI and DP ports, DP connection unreliable

This does not sound like a hardware failure. Did you check/test all of the Windows 10 power management options? Specifically the PCI Express- Link State Power Management setting? Or just set the Windows 10 power management to High performance and retest. Also, if the U2415s USB upstream cables are connected to the computer, be sure to disable the USB selective suspend setting.

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Need a solution to run 3 monitors on an Optiplex 3040 SFF. Desktop has one HDMI and one DP integrated into motherboard.
Are there any inexpensive y-adapter solutions or would I need a new video card?
If new video card needed, any recommendations?

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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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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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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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.

A:Dual video card vs. two video cards for two monitors

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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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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.

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

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Hi All,
We've installed a number of Dell Optiplex 3040 machines running Windows 10 pro x64 at a customers site with dual Dell E2316H monitors connected directly via VGA and display port cables.
Two users have reported daily issues of the monitors flickering black and going off before coming back a few seconds later.
We've tried updating the graphics driver, firmware, changing power settings and swapping out cables for new ones - none of this has made any difference.
We've also asked the users to move desks and connect to working monitors. The issue followed the PC's and occured on the other monitors.
We only have remote access to the machines at the moment so Dell won't help troubleshoot.
I've seen other posts reporting the same issue with the Optiplex 3040's so wondering if this is a known issue.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

A:OptiPlex 3040 Dual Monitor display issues

Can you Private Message me a service tag of one of the systems that is having this issue? Also does it seem to matter what port/monitor is doing it, or are both monitors flickering?Best regards,Brad

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I have a issue with my Optiplex 3040, core i3 work station. I am trying to extend the the display, but things are not working. Only the monitor with DP -DP connection (Monitor 2) is detecting all the time, the other one (Monitor 1 ) is unable to detect. Is this expected or not ? Here is my configuration :
Optiplex 3040
HDMI (OUT)                                                                                DP (OUT)
|                                                                                                 |
HDMI (Male) to VGA Female                                             &... Read more

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I have a Dell OptiPlex 3040 with an AMD Radeon R7 350X video card. This is connected to a daisy-chained set of Dell U2417H monitors. I previously had this configuration setup on my Inspiron laptop and never had an issue.
On the OptiPlex, the monitor screens flicker intermittently, and at least once a day both monitors go black and I have to do a hard reset on the PC in order to get it fully functional again. I've updated the video card drivers, swapped out the cables on each monitor, and updated every driver on my PC. Considering the fact that this configuration didn't cause any issues on my Inspiron, I want to say that this has to be a VC issue. These PC is a few months old and under a three year warranty plan. Any help or suggestions would be GREATLY appreciated!


A:Video Card Crashing on OptiPlex 3040

Hello!  A couple of things come to mind.  Did you update the BIOS at all?  What version of Windows are you running?  Did you get the drivers from Dell's support site or from AMD?  If not AMD I would go there and see if you can run their drivers, the crimson edition. Also did you set up multimonitor support in the Catalyst control panel?  AMD can be a bit finicky.

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In my organization we have purchase a few Dell 3040 mini computers and now several of them are having technical issues.  We are supporting dual monitor on all our systems but the issues are:
1. The screen goes BLACK while the user is working but the system is still running for one user.
2.  Another user screen goes white while she is working and the system is still running.
Have installed the latest Video drivers from the Dell site and still the problem persist.  Can anyone provide any tech advice to resolve these issues.

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Hi there,
I've got a Dell Optiplex 3040 in my workshop at the moment. The computer seems to turn on: there's a light on the PSU, the HDD indicator flashes, the num lock toggles on and off and the traffic light on the ethernet port is active. However, there's no output from the HDMI port or the display port. The machine only has onboard graphics.
I'm thinking that the onboard graphics are at fault, but I don't have a graphics card that will fit in with the PSU in it's current location.
Any ideas for fixes on this? Thanks in advance!

A:Dell Optiplex 3040 - Boots but no video output

Did you try a diff monitor and new cable? Hard to solve this without any screen. Which model do you have? Only a couple of model 3040's support a discrete card. If you don't have MT or SFF model you can't install a card.
Supports optional discrete graphics (MT/SFF only): AMD Radeon? R7 350X, AMD Radeon? R5 340X

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We recently got a brand new Optiplex 3040 SFF tower.  We reinstalled it with a fresh copy of Windows 10 Education edition.   But we are having the hardest time installing drivers for this unit.
If we try to load the ethernet driver from support.dell.com for this unit we get an error:
"The Realtek Network Controller was not found.  If Deep Sleep Mode is enabled,   Please plug the cable"
If I use windows device manager to install the driver, I get an error "The Data is Invalid".
When trying to update the video card and sound card drive, we get an error stating "Fatal Error"
We are logged on as local admin, tried drivers both from Dell and RealTek.  We updated the BIOS and Chipset drivers.  Restarted multiple times. Still no luck.  

A:New Optiplex 3040 not installing Ethernet, sound or video drivers

Did you install the chipset drivers as the very first 2 drivers installed?
Without the Intel Chipset Device Software and Intel Management Engine Components Installer installed, other drivers either may not install or may fail to work.

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Hello -
We recently received a new batch of OptiPlex 3040s with AMD Radeon R5 340x video drivers. We had been imaging these computers just fine for over 6 months and now with this new batch, they are Bitlockering if you try to use 3 monitors (2 in the card and one in the builtin). Here are some facts:
* We use SCCM 2012 image and are enabling Bitlocker within the task sequence. Use PCRs (0,4,8,9,10,11)
* Currently imaging Windows 10 (1511).
* Using CAB Driver version: A06
Please help!! 
Let me know what other information I can provide.
Thank you!

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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?


A: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'm setting up 8 OptiPlex 7050's and I can't get dual monitors to work on any of them, all running windows 7. I'm only using displayport connections, only one DP port seems to work on any of them (2 are included).
Tested both ports with a single monitor to confirm they both work. When two monitors are plugged in to the DP ports only one of them works, I can swap them on the PC and the other monitor will begin working, and the first one will stop. Hitting the 'Detect' button in windows display settings does nothing.
Neither of the video drivers on the 7050 support page are applicable, they're using onboard graphics. I didn't find any relevant settings for this in BIOS.

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I tried to add a PCIe 16x video card to this machine and plugged a monitor into the card as well as the on board VGA in an effort to setup dual monitors. When I booted after that, I was given an error message after POST that said that is in incompataible configuration. I checked with Dell and they said it was too. I've done this exact thing with a PCI card on an older Dell machine and it worked instantly. Are there any work arounds or BIOS settings that I can change? The add-on card is a Dell ATI Radeon X600.

Thanks in advance.

A:Dual Monitors Optiplex 760 Tower

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My work PC was just reimaged (10 days later) with Windows 7. Now my onboard video card is not working but the PCI Geforce 4 MX is working as a Standard VGA Adapter. I am only seeing 1 monitor and updating the Intel Q43 display driver does not fix the issue. I went into BIOS and the Primary adapter is set for AUTO. I am going to change this to Onboard tomorrow to see if that makes a difference. Other than that I am extremely happy with Windows 7 being on my computer. It is so much faster.

Please Help!!!

I am afraid that my work is going to need to buy another video card but I am sure there is a way to get this working.

A:Optiplex 760 dual monitors to work in 7

Welcome to the forums AaronZ,
Have you check to see if it gives you the option to extend your current desktop?

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I have main monitor connected via VGA output and another connected via HDMI output. I understand that the OptiPlex 3010 can support two monitors. However, I cannot get the second monitor (via HDMI) to work. The intel graphics and media control panel does not provide a selection for dual monitors, Only single display mode is available.
Is anyone able to assist me to resolve this problem?

A:OptiPlex 3010 Dual Monitors

I had the exact same issue on 5 machines. All 3010s with the Intel 2500 graphic card. resolved the issue by going in to the BIOS and making a change. Maintenance > SERR Messaging(or something to that effect) disable. No cables were replaced. It worked for the 2/22/2013? And the 8/2015 versions of the driver.

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This happens with two batches of 7040s, one with hard disk drives and the other with solid state drives and two different model displays, U2414h and U2417h. The systems are running Windows7.
In each case the display flickers from time to time and, in the worst case, both monitors freeze, one with no display and the other with a few scattered white dashes on the black background. This has NOT been noticed on earlier Optiplex models from Dell. 780s, with a different display model, or 9020s with the U2414h monitors. As far as I know this occurs once or twice in a five day working week.
I have run the built in diagnostics on both the monitors and the monitors without any faults being found.
The 7040s have had the BIOS upgraded and the latest drivers applied as well as the latest Windows updates. I have scanned the event log without finding anything, although I am unsure what to look for.
Is this a known issue? Is there anything I can do to test the systems, other the built in diagnostics.

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Hello I'm looking to move to two monitors on my Optiplex 9020 Mini Tower with Intel HD Graphics 4600. I'm currently using the VGA port to connect to one monitor. The back of the machine has two displayports as shown in the picture below. Note I don't have the video cards at the bottom with DVI or HDMI.
My question is can I use both of the Displayports to run a dual monitor setup? Most monitors I'm looking at are DVI or HDMI, so I'd need an adapter I suppose. Thank you in advance!

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I'm about to buy a  OptiPlex 7050 SFF. I'll include in the configuration an additional display port 1.2. With  2 DP ports in total I'll be able to use 2 Dell P2715Q with 3840 x 2160 resolution at 60Hz ?
Thanks in advance.

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I have a brand new Dell OptiPlex 3020m. It has one VGA and one Display Port connector. All the drivers are up to date, yet it will not work with the Asus monitors I have setup.  I have one monitor connected directly though VGA with no problems. I have the other connected though a Display port to DVI adapter and that's the the one that will not connect. Tried different Display Port to DVI adapters, different DVI cables.  The monitors have no auto connect, So I had to set them manually, One is set to VGA, other is set to DVI. 
Also checked the Bios for that Multi Monitor setup.  If it's in there, its ether hidden or not available. 
Any thoughts, Ideas? 

A:Dell OptiPlex 3020m not working with dual monitors

I have the same problem. But tried with other brand of monitors. The display port does not work.
I saw on a differente topic about 3020 model (whithout the "M") and the solution was update bios to A09 version. Then apears a Video option on Bios Setup. But the 3020m has no such option.

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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 !!!

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

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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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

A:Dual monitors using wrong graphics cards

Please, anyone have any ideas?

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My Dell Optiplex 990 SFF has an Intel 2000 which I'm learning is no good.  I hate that my screened looks super stretched vertically and no matter how much I play with the resolution I can't fix it.  It's hurting my eyes. 
In addition I wanted to set up dual monitors with extended display.  While it's detected, identified, and showing the desktop on both monitors it's in duplicate and I can't get  the extended display to work. 
I'm no good at computers and have spent HOURS trying to understand all of this.  My guess is that I need to upgrade the graphics card?  I feel like I can do this from a youtube video.  I'm just not sure what I need.  I don't think I need anything fancy. Just something basic that will let me do the dual monitors with extended display and address the stretchy screen problem.  Recommendations?  

A:Dell Optiplex 990 SFF Graphics Card & Dual Monitors with Extended Display

Maximum power consumption for SFF is 25 Watts the best card the machine could operate with is:
VisionTek Radeon HD 6350 SFF Low Profile Graphics Card - 1 GB DDR3
From what I understand that card is not very powerful but might be enough to operate multiple monitors in low resolution

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Hello! I bought OptiPlex 7020 for gaming (since this is what i could afford) but the graphics card doesn't seem well suited for the purpose of gaming; so i was wondering if there are any Dell graphic cards available which can be compatible for games like World of Warcraft, and at the same time compatible for my device.
And if such cards are available, where in Egypt can i find your branches? Preferably in Cairo.
Thanks for reading!

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So been a big time dell lover for the PC's and almost never ever given me any problems which is why I decided to buy a OptiPlex 980. I will be using this for mostly learning and some gaming. So reading the forums there seems to be next to no info on recent Video cards which can be added into the SFF chassis.
So here's my question:
1. What is Dell doing to ensure that these devices have windows 10 drivers for these machines. There are still lots out of them out there. Just because you may not make them doesn't mean you shouldn't support them.
2. When did Dell last test the newer Low Profile Video Cards that are being manufactured by companies that support SFF. Such as the :
3. What is the largest Low Profile video card that this device will support. Your documentation was last updated with 1 GB being the largest. Should it stand to reason that these 2 GB video cards should be supported in the 980?
I would appreciate a response as timely as possible by someone that has the info I seek.
Thank you all that respond. I do appreciate them.

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I have 2 1920 x 1200 24 inch monitors working perfectly using a single NIVIDIA GeForce 6600 video card on a XP pro and a 650 watt PS. Mother board is an Intel P4 3.4E socket T/775.

I want to add 2 more monitors. I first tried to add the 3rd monitor by installing an ATI Radeon 7000 PCI card for a 20 inch 1680 x 1050 monitor. Seemed to install O.K. and shows up in the device monitor display adapters and working O.K. along with the NIVIDIA 6600.

The control panel shows 2 monitors (not 3) and when identifying the 2 boxes the 2 24" monitors show the left as 1(one) and the one on the right as 3 (three). I suppose the one I am trying to add is number 2 (two).

Interestingly enough I can move my cursor from #1 across to #3 without any hesitation. Upon further investigation the new monitor (2) shows the resolution as being -1 pixels by -1 pixels.

So I am confused at this point - would it be better to buy 2 more NIVIDIA cards? The 2 monitors I wish to add have different resolutions 1680 x 1050 and 1600 x 1200 that is my reasoning for 2 additional cards.


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I have an ATI HD 2600 pro and a Nvidia 6600 GT, and a 22" LCD DVI on the ATI and a 14" CRT VGA on the Nvidia. They were both working fine until I downloaded and installed the newest drivers(9.2) for the 2600 pro. When I restarted my computer, my second monitor didn't work anymore. In display properties, when I click the settings tab I get a message box that titled Invalid Display Settings and says:

"The currently selected graphics display driver can not be used. It was written for a previous version of Windows, and is no longer compatible with this version of Windows.
The system has been started using the default VGA driver.
Please contact your hardware manufacturer to get an upgraded driver, or select one of the Microsoft provided drivers."

Now only the ATI driven monitor are in the settings, and my second monitor dissappears.

The device manager says there are no problems with either monitor, or display adapters. I reinstalled the old ATI driver, updated the Nvidia driver, uninstalled and reinstalled the Nvidia driver. All of which did nothing. The catalyst control center is able to see the other monitor as well, but it can't enable it.

I did notice something weird, that is that in msinfo32 the driver and cards get confused, the dll files, display settings, and the RAM amount are switched, but the driver path is correct:
Name NVIDIA GeForce 6600 GT
PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0140&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A2\4&7ABB47A&1... Read more

A:2 video cards 2 monitors, need help

Remove catalyst 9.2, and use 9.1.
There are a lot of issues with Catalyst 9.2 on Windows 7, and it's not recommended that it be used. 9.1 is the latest working version.

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Client got a new build, old build was a dell gx260. Had 2 competing video cards (an nvidia and an ATI) in the old build, going out to 2 dvi cables and 1 vga cable to 3 identical monitors. New build is an upper end HP with dual pci-e slots. Put two nvidia quadro 1500 gx's in, cannot get the second to be recognized, getting an 'this device cannot be started (code 10) error'.

On his old build, somehow, someway, someone had set the system up to only use 2 monitors, and had extended the second monitor to something along the lines of 2400 pixels horizontally, while keeping the vertical aspect normal.

Anyone know how to do that trick?

For the current setup, as they are identical video cards, obviously both have the drivers installed. The entire setup on the new rig is dvi, but still going to the same 3 identical monitors. I've been wrestling with this for some time now, and it's beginning to annoy me mightily.



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Is this possible with Windows 7?

A:2 video cards and 4 monitors?

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I have a customer who has an OptiPlex 7010 with the optional Radeon HD 7470 video card with 2 monitors hooked up to it.
He now wants to add a third monitor. I know he can't use the built-in VGA for that but I need to know if he could add a second card. The HD 7470 is in the PCIe x16 slot. There is a PCIe x16 (x4 mode) slot but that would not be good for video.
So can a PCI video card be added to allow a 3rd monitor to be connected? If so, any in particular to get or to stay away from? This is for regular office work, no CAD so no super graphics are needed.

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We have a few OptiPlex 3020 small form desktops that need video cards to support three monitors under Windows 7. I did some research and found while there are cards some are posting that only two monitors are supported so I decided to post in this Dell forum to see if anyone knew of a card that would support three monitors or that it is true that it cannot be done. 

A:OptiPlex 3020 SFF Video Card For Three Monitors?

Here's one with four.

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I am running Vista64 with two ATI video cards.

A 4850 card drives a 19" widescreen monitor @1440X900 (Main).

A X1300 card drives 1 19" SD Monitor @ 1280X1024 (Secondary).

After 9.2, the X1300 card is no longer supported by ATI's 9.4 and 9.5 drivers. Install fails and defaults the system to VGA. Still using 9.2 without any problem.

Question is; Can two different drivers be loaded? 9.5 for the 4850 card and 9.2 for the X1300? If so, how would I go about installing separate video drivers for each card?

A:Two Video Cards, Two Monitors. Two Drivers?

Theoretically, it's possible to install how many drivers you want, but I don't know if different versions of the same driver can coexist. It's better to ask ATI for this.


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I have read various threads that address this issue, but am still at a loss for how to do this myself, or if it is even possible. My nvidia Quadro 2000 has only two active outputs, so I am limited to two monitors. I would like to add a third for work (non-gaming) purposes. Some people have said this is possible while others insist it isn't. I have a Dell Precision T3600 workstation, running Win7, 64 bit, with six core Xeon processor.

So I adventurously decided to just buy another card, plug it in and see what happens. I got a Radeon HD 5450, just because it was the cheapest one Office Depot had. I installed it, fired up the comp and the computer ran that card and ignored my nvidia (meaning I only had one monitor). Does this indicate that my motherboard doesnt support two cards? Is there some setting that allows one to act as a master and the other a slave or something?

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I built a computer for a friend whos mother board went bad (old AT computer). The new computer worked great at my place. when he
plugged in his older monitor It went black. He had another one kicking around and he was able to get it to come up with 16 colors etc. but it wouldn't shut down when you shut down the computer. He had to download the drivers for the video card to get the resolution back. the video card is a PNY GForce4mx440 with 64megs of DDR RAM. Is there an issue with older monitors and newer video cards? Can one hurt the other? Thanks in advance for the help.

A:Are old monitors compatible with new video cards?

The only thing I see that would be a problem with an older monitor is that you may have trouble finding the right driver for the monitor and and older monitor doesn't have as many hours left as a new one.

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Have a customer who wants 6x LCDs on a machine. Was thinking to put 2x NVIDIA Quadro K1200 in an Optiplex 7040. The cards don't take external power, just not sure if the power supply will handle it, or if I will need to step them up to a small Precision. 

A:2x Quadro K1200 video cards in an Optiplex 7040?

The power to the cards is not the issue.  This is NOT an NVIDIA SLI chipset motherboard.  The K1200 does not support SLI.
So no this doesn't work.
1 full height PCIe x161 full height PCIe x16 (wired x 4)
There also isn't 150W of graphics power and the other X16 slot runs at X4 speed.  Video cards in these systems are limited to 35W Total.
 These systems are like the inspiron 3650 they have TINY power supplies.

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from a gts200 to a 9800 gt
now my monitor turns of mid loading of vista
and even when i change back video cards i am now still getting the same problem..
what do i do?

i cant even do anything now cause i cant even use the computer
i need to use my bad laptop...

A:No monitors working after a change in video cards

Mid loading of Vista? Try booting into safe mode by pressing F8 during boot up. select VGA Mode and reboot

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in the past with the optiplex 3020 I was able to connect a VGA monitor even thru the DP, by getting a $10 converter from DP to VGA.
in the 3040 model, they dont work. not a DP-VGA nor does the HDMI-VGA work.
Is there any way for me to get my VGA monitor to work on the 3040 computer? Even just one monitor would help. Or would I have to buy a new monitor with digital connection??


A:Optiplex 3040 with VGA

What form factor 3040, mini-tower, small form or micro form?
Do you have an add-in video card or only onboard Intel video?  A VGA port was extra-cost option on the 3040.
Have you checked BIOS setup to make sure the video output is set to Auto?

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Hello All,
I am new to this whole computer scene and I have a lot to learn about all of the various aspects of computer technology. First, I am in the middle of building my first computer and I have been tweaking it since I first assembled it a couple of weeks ago. I just added a new monitor, a Samsung 24 inch high resolution monitor. http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/monitors/LS24D360HL/ZA
It has really made a big difference over my previous monitor which was an old HP monitor that came with a pre-packaged computer which I bought in 2009. My first question deals with the software that comes packaged with the monitor. The monitor itself was plug and play, I simply plugged it into the computer with an HDMI cable and it worked flawlessly. So what is on the CD that is included and do I really need it if I am happy with the monitor as it is?
Second, I will be adding a cheap graphics card to my computer this weekend, like this; http://www.sapphiretech.com/presentation/product/?cid=1&gid=3&sgid=1226&pid=2020&lid=1
Will this card be a simple plug and play addition or will I need to add special software for it? Also, will adding this card make my present video capabilities out of the back of my motherboard null and void, or will the video jacks on the back of the motherboard still be functional? I would like to be able to access the video processing of the motherboard in the future in case anything goes wrong with the video card. Any help would be appreciated.

A:A Couple Of Questions About Video Monitors and Graphic Cards

Only saw this topic just now.
Monitors are normally just plug and play, they don't normally need any particular software to work. I have no idea what is on the CD you mention, but one option you have is to put it in the player and have a look at the contents. If there isn't an option to browse the CD when Autorun starts, close Autorun and have a look at the CD  via Windows Explorer.
Video cards normally come with a CD containing their drivers and often other software you may or may not want. Again, the starting screen will usually tell what the disc contains. Your new card will not disable your on-board graphics and their connectors, its just that you will stop using them except in the unhappy situation that you video card stops working.
Chris Cosgrove

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i7 950
X58 motherboard with four pci-express slots
Three ATI 3650 Pci-Express video cards with a total of 6 DVI ports
6GB memory
500GB Hard Drive
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (purchased, not RC)
3 Viewsonic 22" monitors and one Dell 24 inch monitor all running DVI cables.

I have three of the video cards in the computer to run multiple monitors. Windows 7 has a feature where when you plug in a monitor, it auto detects it and then enables it and sets its proper screen resolution. The problem is that when I plug in more than one monitor, I get inconsistent results.

Here are some examples:

Example 1 that happens: I have two monitors plugged in and I plug in a third monitor. It enables it within Windows 7, but the monitor does not actually turn on. If I restart the computer, somtimes it will stay enabled and boot up with all three monitors on. sometimes when I reboot it, it again shows all three enabled but only two are actually on. This happens also when I plug a fourth or fifth monitor on. Sometimes two or three monitors will be on whereas one or two others will not be on but will show enabled in display properties.

Example 2 that happens: Sometimes when I plug in a second, third, or fouth monitor, it will actually show an additional monitor as disabled. For example, if I have three monitors plugged in and it shows three monitors enabled (regardless if all three are on and working), and I plug a fourth monitor in, then it enables t... Read more

A:Multiple Video Cards - monitors not retaining settings

Just curious. What make and model power supply are you using, and how many volts on the 12v rail(s). Fabe

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Hey everyone, i recently bought a LCD monitor Samsung SyncMaster 931b to go with my Ati Radeon 9600. Installed it but didn't get the results expected. The monitor is not what is expected at all. Here is how i know why.

I also bought a another monitor SyncMaster 941bw to go on with a PCI card that i also just bought which is ATI Radeon 7k. I did this because i wanted to run 2 monitors at the same time. Well now i got the chance to compare, and i see how much this crispier and brighter this 941bw on Radeon 7k really is. Its perfect..
Many of my friends claimed that my 931b didn't function properly, but i insisted it was good, still having doubts though. I don't know what to do to make my 931b better, everyone on the forums and all my research shows that it clearly should be putting a better image that iam getting right now.

Please help let me know what i can use to tweak my 931b with my ATI radeon 9600.

Thank you very much guys and sorry if this post is newbish, my first post

A:Newbie First post about collabaration of 2 monitors and video cards

Are you running the monitor at its native resolution and the recommended refresh rate? LCDs only give you a decent picture at a certain resolution.

You could also swap the monitors to see if the problem is with your video card.

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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.

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

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