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Multiple graphics cards/BGA/dual monitor setup problem

Q: Multiple graphics cards/BGA/dual monitor setup problem

okay, having trouble dual monitor setting up my cousin's pc. in the device manager, under display, it shows ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics, and, ATI Radeon 4200 Series. now. I tried to setup a second monitor to it through vga, but it didn't detect the second monitor. monitor is fine. the original wasn't detected in the second one either. stays in power saver mode like it is plugged into nothing.

i am too a picture to show you the back of the pc. i know what to do once the monitor is detected, to enable the small greyed out second display in the display settings, but only ONE monitor box is shown.

much help would be appreciated =)

(the old monitor is plugged in to the left, and below, the lone bga port is the one we are trying to use.)

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Because my system disc is almost full, and because disc utilities tell me this disc is becoming marginal, I've installed a new disc drive and I'm attempting to rebuild my system.
The problem is that I can't seem to get my two grahics cards to work. I can still boot my old system and they work fine together. When I try to install the same drivers I'm using on my old system I can't get both displays to work at the same time. At best, one is stuck at 640X480 with 4 bit resolution. Windows won't let me adjust the resolution or color depth.
When I select the Settings tab of the display properties I get a dialog: "Invalid Display Settings. 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 with the default VGA driver."
I've tried taking one of the cards out and installing the driver for the remaining card. This seems to work for each card. But with both installed I get this message dialog from which ever display that happens to be working.
There are no resource conflicts (memory, IRQ, I/O). The resources used are the same as my working system.
I thought perhaps it was because I was trying to install these drivers with the latest Windows service pack already installed. But I've gone back to service pack 1A with the same results.
I've been struggling with this for weeks. When I first added the second graphics card (a few ... Read more

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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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Hi I have an Nvidia 9500GT and recently, I upgraded my mobo ram and cpu, my card worked fine until then. I started to play games the other day and it kept crashing 5 mins in, so i tried the drivers etc and nothing changed. So i dug out an old card an nvidia 8500gt and plugged it in again it was working fine for a while then same thing happened. I am starting to think my new mobo has a faulty pcie slot could this be correct anything else I can test?
this is the error message, if anyone can decypher that would be great.

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Application Version:
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Fault Module Timestamp: 4dfb96ff
Exception Code: c00000fd
Exception Offset: 00c3a907
OS Version: 6.1.7601.
Locale ID: 2057
Additional Information 1: b5fc
Additional Information 2: b5fc97e6cf68d3d8b2b43ad17782d176
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A:Problem with multiple graphics cards

Please uninstall your card driver and install this driver (which is the correct one)
Use custom install and select to perform a clean install!

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I have a pc with the following specs:

ACER P5N-D Motherboard
Core 2 Quad Q9650 3.00GHZ
8 GB Ram
1 TB 7200 HDD
Windows 7 Home Premium

Matrox M912 quad VGA video card running 4 monitors.

at work i work on huge excel sheets and i would like to add a second matrox M912 video card and double the monitor count to 8. i already bought and set up the monitors and tried (unsuccessfully) to install a second matrox m912 video card. i attached a picture of the monitor setup i am trying to get to work. i could not figure out how to get the computer to recognize the second video card so i downloaded the user manual for the motherboard and while i am not sure, i think that the second video card wont work because this motherboard will only support dual graphics cards if they are both SLI-ready which i am pretty certain the matrox M912 is not. My question is this:

1) is there a way to get the two video cards i already have to work?
2)if not does anyone have any suggestions about what video cards would work? i dont need to game or anything thic pc is mainly used for excel.
3) i was also thinking that since this is an older PC it might be cheaper (if kind of a pain) to get a different motherboard that would support two matrox m912 video cards and i could just swap over all of the components and sell my current motherboard. does anyone have any suggestions as to a motherboard that would work for this?
thanks in advance for the help

A:Solved: Problem setting up dual graphics cards

SLI is for gaming, you want SLI off if you want to use multiple graphics card independently for multiple monitors.

Does the second graphics card show up in Device Manager?

Have you tried the new card in place of the old card to see if it works or if its faulty?

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I have a ATI Radeon X300 video card. I have an lcd monitor (max resolution 1280 x1024, 75Hz) hooked up as the primary. I have a 50" Vizio P50HDTV10A plasma (native resolution 1366 x 768) hooked up as the secondary via a DVI to HDMI cable. They are in different rooms (monitor is in a bedroom, plasma is in the living room).

I have the primary cloned onto the secondary, but i am having a problem setting the display resolutions for each screen seperately. In order for it to be clear and readable on the plasma, I have to set the resolution to 1366x768 on the lcd monitor. Is there a way to have seperate resolutions on different monitors when cloning one to the other?

A:Dual Monitor Setup Problem

you should be able to right click on your desktop and select properties. Under the display settings where you change the res you should see two monitors (1 & 2
) to change the res of a monitor or in this case a plasma (<- v jealous ) click on one of the numbers and you should then be able to change the settings.

Hope this helps


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Hello, I'm having problems setting up dual monitors with my Toshiba Laptop and my LG L1932TQ monitor.

1st: When I look at the Display properties, I am only seeing two Display options:
1. (Multiple Monitors on NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460
2. (LG L1932TQ(Analog) on NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 460

I have the 2. disabled in my devices and have the LG L1932TQ(Digital) enabled, however, the Digital doesn't appear in the above Display properties...which is confusing.

My problem is that I do see image on both laptop screen and LG screen, however, when I select #2 to "Extend my Windows desktop onto this monitor, I don't see images on my LG monitor, just my laptop and cannot extend my desktop.

Also, If I try to run any Windows Media, it only appears on my laptop screen and not my LG Monitor.

I have updated drivers from my LG monitor install CD. Followed the steps exactly. Searched the web for similar problems (to no avail).

I know I'm doing something wrong or have configured something wrong, just don't know what I have done or not done.

I hope I have provided all information necessary.

I would really appreciate any help or point me to some relevant info on the web.

Thanks much!


A:Problem with dual monitor setup in XP

hello & welcome to TSF,

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I have a Dell Inspiron 7000 laptop. I recently upgraded to WinXP-Home. I just plugged in an external monitor but when I go to Display Properties/Setup, I don't see 2 monitors pictured... so I can't run my system with a multiple monitor desktop... all I can do is display the same image on both the Laptop LCD and the external monitor.

Clues? Solutions?

A:multiple monitor setup problem

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i have set up dual monitor configurations in windows 98 (SE) before with nearly identical hardware, but am having trouble this time.

i have an MSI geforce-2 64mb AGP card as my primary video card. it has been working fine. i put in a 4mb PCI ATI all-in-wonder card to use as a secondary and hooked a monitor up to it. when i restarted, the bootup screen came up on the second monitor, something i had never seen before. i installed the drivers and restarted. now my desktop is only on the second monitor and device manager doesn't even see my geforce any more. it its place are two "3D RAGE PRO AGP 2X", which doesn't make sense because the card is PCI. under display properties, it also says i have two of the same card. on my primary monitor is the "windows has successfully initialized this display adapter..." message. i want to use my geforce as the primary and my ATI as the secondary. any ideas? please help.

A:video card problem in dual-monitor setup

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When waking up from sleep mode with a dual monitor setup, the computer does not display anything either monitor and has to be manually shut down. The problem does not seem related to motherboard settings such as Wake-On PCI-E, Spread Spectrum, or changing the suspend mode between S1/S3/S1 & S3. The cause of this problem began from a video card upgrade from a BFG 7600GT to an Asus HD4850.

The problem can be repeated with the following steps:
1.) Load Windows Vista after shutdown and don't log into a user account
2.) Wait at the login screen and then time 15-30 seconds before pressing the power button (assigned to sleep on press)
3.) Wait 15-30 seconds before pressing the power button again
4.) If computer woke-up, check off success on paper and repeat steps 2-3. If not, follow to step 5.
5.) Hold the power button and shut down the computer manually. Logged how many tries before it "craps out" from wake-up.

System info:
Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit SP1
3.1Ghz AMD X2 5000+
Asus M2A-VM Motherboard
4GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM (OCZ + Patriot)
Asus EAH4850 512MB (with two DVI to VGA converters) Catalyst 8.8
Samsung SyncMaster 710M LCD
Samsung SyncMaster 765MB CRT
320GB Seagate 7200.10 SATA HDD
OCZ StealthXStream 600W PSU

The expected result would be to have the computer wake-up no matter how many times the user put it to sleep mode from the login screen. The actual results are that it varies on how many "Sleep sessions" occur before the sy... Read more

A:Problem: Dual monitor setup does not wake up from Sleep.

I've honestly tried all workarounds and fixes and have had zero luck with the problem. I also followed a tutorial by Shawn and had no luck again. I noticed in another thread the user had the same problem as me and coolchris mentioned there was a fix for this ages ago, but never got back to the thread. And yes its safe to assume all my drivers are latest from the manufacturers of my parts. Here's a little more detail from the notes I've been keeping on my issue:
1.) Notes related to my issue:

BIOS: Wake-on PCI-E - Disabled, result: failBIOS: Disabled spreadspectrum, result: failHARDWARE: Removed 2nd monitor from the setup, result: failBIOS: Changed ACPI setting between S1 & S3, to just S3, result: failOS: Restored Hibernation Files through command prompt, result: failOS: Removed all startup programs through msconfig, result: failOS: Uninstalled Asus Smart Doctor monitoring software, result: failOS: Disabled wake-up through mouse in Device Manager, result: failOS: Enabled Hibernation, disabled Sleep through power management, result: pass

2.) S1 and S3 are supported on my system:

3.) Devices allowed to wake up system:

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I am having some problems with the Windows 8 start screen on my dual monitor setup.
I have 2 monitors (d'oh) the monitor in the center of the desk is my main monitor.
The monitor to the left is my secondary monitor.
I have My desktop showing on my main monitor (the right or center monitor)
I have the Windows 8 start screen showing on my secondary monitor (the left monitor)

The problem I seem to be having is this. When ever I have the start screen showing and then I click on anything on my center monitor the start screen either disappears or goes grey.

I think the start screen is a really cool idea primarily because of the live tiles. Its nice to be able to just glance and see all of my information without having to click a link or open an app or anything. However since the start screen keeps disappearing as soon as I do anything on my other screen it is almost useless.
If I have to go back to the other screen and click to bring the start screen back up I might as well just have widgets or apps on that screen and click them instead.
How do I get the start screen to stay up on the screen by default????????
Thanks for any help you can give me.

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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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This may be a bug related to Remote Desktop. I have a problem where Remote Desktop tries to steal the focus when I work with Excel on a dual monitor setup. So, if I have Excel open on one screen, and if I then have a remote desktop session on a second screen, sometimes when I copy that back and forth from the RD window, the taskbar will begin to flash as if trying to get the control when I work in Excel. Note that my primary computer is Windows Vista, I am using Excel 2007 and I am using RD to connect to a Windows XP computer. Both computers are fully patched with the latest SPs. Monitor 1 (left) is the primary monitor that has Excel on it, and Monitor 2 (right) has the RD window in full screen mode.This becomes a problem because normally, my taskbar is hidden, but each time the RD window keeps flashing, it unhides the taskbar and covers a lot of my work. I do not recall this problem occuring in XP, but I may have forgotten. Also, I have only noticed this problem when I am working with RD and Excel. In addition, this problem is not consistent and the problem sometimes doesnt occur.A workaround that I use is to not open the RD window in full screen mode.Anyone else have this issue, or any suggestions on resolving this problem?Thanks.

A:Remote Desktop Problem With Excel Worksheet on Dual Monitor Setup

For your current situation, since the issue only occurs while using Excel application and RDP, I suggest you submit an Office Excel service request to solve the problem in timely manner.

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Hi all I no the title of this topic maybe hard to understand, basically im in the market to be upgrading from z77 to a newer z97 board, I have a few in mind that range from $180 all the way to $400, and when it comes down to it, it is the pci express lanes. I'm currently running dual 7970s and I noticed a lot of motherboards run 2x8x with dual video cards but some boards will run at 2x16x, so I was just seeing if anyone can tell me if theirs a big diff between running 2x8x and 2x16x with crossfired cards. thanks a bunch!

A:Dual 16x vs dual 8x pci e motherboards for graphics cards

No real difference.

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Hello, I have an ASUS laptop integrated into my Bedroom Theater and 2.1 sound system. Currently I have an Audioquest Dragonfly DAC plugged into the USB 2.0 port from there the 1 stereo output of the Dragonfly heads over to a spliter after that one end goes to an amp for the main speakers and the other goes to a wireless transmitter for the subwoofer and all the filtering gets done at the sub Via a low pass filter @ 60Hz
I want to get rid of the headphone splitter and use the factory (unused) output for the subwoofer (if Possible)
also I do want to bypass the sub's built in low pass filter for something in the PC itself

Laptop info
8GB Ram
Audioquest Dragonfly. (Stereo)
Realtek "HD" audio (stereo)

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Any help would be much appreciated!

My computer has onboard graphics ( Nvidia geforce 7025/nforce 630a) which works fine.
I wanted to do a dual monitor setup with my TV Panasonic TH-50PX80U. I first checked with my computer manufacturer "Shuttle Barebones" and was told that the (Nvidia Gforce GT 430) graphics card would be a suitable choice.
I purchased an HDMI w/ Ethernet cable and installed the new card.

When I first made the installation the connection to the TV worked. It displayed my desktop etc. When I turned it off I was unable to get the signal back on the TV. I checked with Panasonic tech support and was able to determine that the problem is most likely that I must use the lowest resolution setting on the computer as the TV is not really meant to be used as a monitor but it could work. As I had a picture and sound before I think it will work. However I am having a heck of a time with the computer settings in Nvidia Control Panel and some strange readings in my Device manager for the new installation.

I disabled the original Graphics card and the computer monitor is functioning normally on the new card.
However the peculiar reading in device manager is this. Under Display adapters the old card correctly shows up as disabled and also reads under "Location" Bus 0, device 18, function 0.
The working "Enabled" card reads "Location PCI Slot 3 (PCI Bus 2, Device 0, Function O IS THAT CORRECT? or does it mean that this card is somehow NO... Read more

A:Solved: Please Help! Graphics Card/Dual Monitor Installation Problem

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I have a machine that has one graphics card at the moment. It is a Dell XPS 430. The system has 3GB RAM and Intel Quad core processor at 2.33GHz. The graphics card is ATI Radeon HD4670 at 512 MB. I am thinking of upgrading to 1GB. I was wondering:
1. Are Dual Graphics cards better? eg. if I had 2x512MB cards would it be better than 1x1GB card?
2. If dual are better, can i just put any 512 MB graphics card in the other slot or must I use the exact same model to achieve dual graphics.

Information much appreciated.

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Hi, I currently play League of Legends ALOT. I have a terrible Radeon HD 4600. I am thinking of getting duel GTX 560 ti cards, will this make a big impact on my gameplay FPS's? thanks for your help everyone!

A:Dual Graphics Cards

Hi and welcome to TSG.

It may make a significant difference to something like LoL, however it is also massive overkill. One GTX560 ti will easily run LoL on max settings.

Having said that, there are also other things that you MUST consider before upgrading.

1) Is your current power supply (PSU) good enough to support the new card? This is one of the most important things to look at and also something that is often ignored.

2) Your current system may be a bottleneck for a better card, in which case you are potentially wasting money on a card that is being held back by the system in other areas.

What is the exact make and model of model of the PC, assuming its a pre-built system like a HP, Dell, eMachines etc?

If it is a self / custom build what is the make and model of the motherboard, CPU, RAM, power supply etc? The more info the better.

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I'm running:
Intel Core 2 Duo @ 1.73 GHz
3.5 GB RAM
ATI Raedeon Xpress 200M Chipset
Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit

I have recently installed a ATI Radeon HD 4670 into my computer, I downloaded the latest ATI Catalyst driver from the ATI website and it installed the latest driver for both of the video cards, after it restarted I get this error message in the device manager for the ATI Radeon HD 4670:

Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)

I checked in the device manager and it says it has the same wddm driver version for both devices, I have tried installing many times but it continues to presist, is this a Windows Vista or ATI issue? Is there anything I can do to fix it?

System Information:

Device Manager:

A:Dual ATI graphics cards

you have drivers installed on your notebook for a discrete videocard. in other words, the drivers for the hd 4670 are for a card that installs in a desktop computer. the radeon xpress 200m is the intergrated video for the notebook. you need to uninstall the drivers for the hd 4670 and install the drivers from here: ATI Catalyst? Legacy Display Driver

i once had an acer notebook that had the radeon xpress 1100 graphics. i had to uninstall the drivers via driver sweeper @ guru3d (Guru3D - Driver Sweeper). if you have to use driver sweeper, everything is pretty much self explanatory. already have the driver for the xpress 200m downloaded so when you reboot, you can immediately install the driver.

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I am building a dell precision workstation t7400 it has 2 PCIe slots for dual gpu's , do both cards have to be identicle in make,model and memory

A:dual graphics cards

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Running Windows Vista Ult and i installed a second graphics card to run 3 monitors.
The problem is device manager doesn't show the second installed graphics card.

My System:

GA-x38-DQ6 MoBo
4Gb ram

8800 Ultra
7600GT (This is the card i added)

Basically it recognizes the 8800 Ultra only. I have read that to use dual cards with Vista they need to use the same drivers (169.25), which they do. Even if that wasn't the case shouldn't the graphics card show in device manager regardless?

Is there something about Vista and dual graphics that i am missing?

The 7600GT functions fine, (tested in another computer) so i am at a loss here.

Any suggestions?


A:Dual Graphics Cards.

just a random thought... very n00bish but if you linked them as a pair (SLI) then disconnect them from each other

you could also try forcing the 2nd g-card by adding new hardware and manually giving it the driver

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I am running a computer with the following specs:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ Dual Core
Gigabyte GA-M52L-S3 Motherboard
Nvidia Geforce 9500GT 512MB Graphics card (DVI & VGA)
Dual Monitor 20" TFT-screens (One DVI, one VGA)

Now I have bought an HDTV and would like to connect my computer to it with HDMI.

To the Questions:
1. Could I buy another graphics card with an HDMI-port and run that parallel to my current graphics card?

2. Would I have to mirror one of the computer monitors to the HDTV or how would it work? Obviously, the TV and the monitors have different resolutions (1920x1080 and 1680x1050).
Thankful for answers

A:Multiple Graphics Cards

Your Graphics card can support SLI mode (dual Graphics card mode) Is there 2 or 3 ports on the back of your Graphics card? I have been looking at some 9500GTs and most have a VGA, DVI and a HDMI port on them. You would need to turn off one of your monitors on the ultramon, and put it onto the telly. I take it you want the HDMI only to play movies etc?

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Hello, I currently have an ATI RADEON HD 4850 in my computer, but i have an old Nvidia 6600.. something laying around. I was wondering if it would be possible to drop that in my system and use it purely for additional moniters. I dont mean to link it with my ati card cause i know that that wont work, but basically keep it seperate to run a few more moniters.

Edit: not only for windows 7 but if its possible on vista too.

A:Multiple Graphics Cards?

it should be possible to use multiple cards for multiple monitors. i haven't tried this in Windows 7 but it worked in Vista

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I have an ASUS P4P800 mb that has an AGP bus video slot. In it is an ATI ALL IN WONDER Radeon Pro. The tuner died but the rest of the card is normal. I installed another ATI TV card in a PCI slot but cannot get it to work while the AGP card is in. It worked without the bad tuner card which tells me the sw is OK. Someone told me that a mb with an AGP slot cannot have a second graphics card installed. Is this true? If not, anyone know how to install both cards? I'm just trying to get TV on the second card to work.
If it means anything I'm running WINXP Pro SP2, Intel 2.9 ghz, 1gb ram, 90 gig free HDD space.

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I have an Asus P5N-E SLI mobo and an 8800GT installed - all works fine.

I want to run three screens using SoftTH so have to install a second graphics card (not in SLI).

With the Asus, it has a little daughterboard that needs to be reversed to allow the second PCI-E slot to work for graphics (SLI or Not SLI) - it basically splits the 16x channel into two 8x channels.

So, with the daughterboard in dual graphics card mode, when I put the second graphics card in the PC refuses to boot. I get a beep code error (1 long 3 short beeps) which indicates a graphics failure. If I remove the second 8800 but leave the daughterboard set for two graphics cards, I get the same problem.

Switch the daughterboard for single graphics and the single card works fine.

Only things that I can see that may be wrong is:

>CPU is mildly overclocked but rock solid - could that be an issue?
>BIOS stated something about my DDR2 RAM not being 'SLI Ready' - don't have any other RAM to swap out and try.

Can anyone suggest what I may be doing wrong, or how I can get the PC to boot with a second graphics card installed?


A:Dual Graphics Cards Failure

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I recently installed a second graphics card to get triple monitors, but the second card is giving me the "Error 43" message. Both cards are GeForce 8400 GS (one PCIe, one PCI). I am not attempting to run SLI or anything like that, just want the triple. In the device manager, both cards are listed, but the 2nd one has the yellow error icon on it. When checking the details, they both have the same version of the driver. I am running Vista Ultimate x64.

Where am I going wrong?

A:Dual Graphics cards error

Can you run two cards without SLIing them? Didn't know that Where did you get the drivers from? Try to download them for the nvidia website.. Search that error code in google, see what other people have come up with.


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In the interests of thread environmentalism I have searched around for an answer to this but haven't managed. Feel free to direct me to a good link with the information I need.

I'd like to know about dual cards. I currently have a single Geforce 7900 GT/GTO (does anyone know whether the 'GT/GTO' is significant or what it stands for btw?) 256mb card. I remember when I bought the PC I was told I could upgrade to dual cards at any time - so I guess there is an extra port (apologies if my thinking or terminology is incorrect, I'm keen to learn, so please correct me ).

Does the second card have to be identical (or is it advisable), or does it just have to have the same amount of memory (I seem to remember this is a good idea with cards (?) of RAM)?

I assumed a 7900 nowadays would be dirt cheap, but this is the cheapest I've found so far at 70 (assuming its the same one, I find it a little difficult to tell ) but admittedly I'm not sure where to look so perhaps you could advise me on that score (I live in the UK) too.

Finally what can I expect in terms of graphics improvement? I assume it would be more than a simple increase in RAM. I.e. to what extent is it worth making this upgrade?

Many many thanks!

A:Should I upgrade to dual graphics cards? And if so how?

If you do not know why, you don't yet need them as a pair.

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Hi everyone,

I recently purchased a new computer (Windows Vista Home Premium) that has an ATI X1300 graphics card with 1 VGA and and 1 DVI output. I have 2 monitors with DVI inputs and my old graphics card laying around; an ATI Radeon 9250 with 128MB of video memory. I plugged the old card in with the new card and I do get the old one to work, but the new one is disabled by Windows Vista due to a driver conflict (eror code 43). Is there a way to get both of them to work at the same time? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!-Kevin

A:Dual Graphics Cards Issue

Welcome, You can't make the 2 video cards to work, because one of the driver is different and thats why its a conflict. If installing 2 different video card drivers then maybe your new or old may cause an issue.

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Is it better, or even possible, to mix different graphics cards with a mobo as long as both are crossfire ready? Or is it more wise to stick with two of the same graphics cards if your going to run duel graphics cards.

A:Same dual graphics cards, or mix and match?

I know some people who say they run duel cards, It seems to be a very good thing. But I have heard of them only running 2 of the same, Not 2 different ones.

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I have done this before, but not on the current type / model of machine. Primary video card is running 2 monitors, windows see's them as 1 and 2 and i have extended the desktop to the second monitor.Customer now wants to keep dual monitors but be able to display--when needed, to a large flat screen tv. INstalled a second video card.system see's card. But system than changes its configuration like this. Now instead of displaying id's of monitors on desk as 1 and 2, it displays them as 1 and 3. It adds the second adapter as the second monitor. If i disable new video card, it changes back to normal. I need to make that second adapter be "seen" as monitor 3.

A:2 video cards, 3 monitor setup problems

A few thoughts. I've only dealt with Nvidia, but ATI typically has the same options. Regardless of how the monitors are labeled, you can arrange the order of the monitors to resemble how they are arranged on your desktop (Display Properties / Settings). So in this case, you could arrange the monitor icons as 1, 3, 2. They can then move whatever window/application that they need onto the TV (screen 2 as needed) but still use the 2 monitors for everything else.

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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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I have two identical graphics cards, X and Y. Each one feeds two monitors, X ->1 and 2, Y ->3 and 4 respectively. Monitors 1 and 3 use DVI, 2 and 4 use HDMI output. Monitor 1 has until recently been my primary/default monitor (both as set in Windows, and the one that displays BIOS info and motherboard splash screen at bootup.)

I was having problems getting monitor 3 to display properly - Windows only recognised it as "generic pnp" and either wouldn't send it a signal (so black screen, even though it was showing its power on light) or it would display at the wrong resolution. So I swapped the DVI cables of 1 and 3, whilst keeping monitor 1 my Windows primary monitor. Now, monitor 3 displays at the correct resolution (but is still seen as generic pnp by the PC). I suspect there's an EDID problem somewhere, or maybe a cable problem (though I've changed the cable to monitor 3) but at least the monitor displays when it's meant to, and at the correct resolution.

As I only use four monitors when using certain applications I normally keep 2, 3 and 4 switched off unless I use them. But since swapping the DVI cables around, all the BIOS and WIndows starting graphics display on monitor 3, though the Windows login screen still comes to Monitor 1. As Monitor 3 is often switched off, if I have a problem during bootup I won't know now as monitor 1 stays blank until the login screen. What I'm after is a way of changing the default graphics card from X to Y so that monitor... Read more

A:Dual graphics cards and BIOS display

No suggestions so far on how to instruct a PC to show the BIOS and startup screens on the second rather than the first identical) graphics card output?

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I just got a great buy on an ATI 5570 at NewEgg to replace my GeForct 210. Alas, it doesn't work. The system requirements say that PCI X 2 or 2.1 (OK there) AND dual width x16 graphics slot are required (mine certainly looks like single width. What is this dual width all about?

Or could the card just be DOA? Luckily, I didn't send in the $25 MIR yet to MSI in case I need an RMA.

A:Solved: Dual width x16 graphics cards

Dual width cards usually cover up an adjoining slot because
they have a large cooler that sticks out or connectors on
the extended back plate or both.
It is twice as wide as a standard card.
It doesn't need 2 slots to connect to,it just needs the extra room
to fit.
Sounds like you may have gotten a DOA.

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Hello Forum, im CrazyKilla

Yesterday my 2nd GeForce GTS 450 arrived, i put it in the pc, set all the wires up, i even put SLI on my 2 graphics cards, and now i got 2 graphics cards, but the problem is, (GTS 450 has 1gb graphics memory) i got 2 GTS 450s but i only have 1gb of graphics memory, how does this work? i should have 2gb graphics memory!

I know that the graphics card is working as the FPS in my games has boosted a lot and in the "Display Adapters" section in "Device Manager" it shows i have 2 GTS 450s,

Help please, i have latest drivers for both cards, do i need to install any special things or have i done something wrong here?

A:Dual Graphics cards but only 1 gpu's Graphic memory

i got 2 GTS 450s but i only have 1gb of graphics memory

What are you seeing or program is showing 1GB of memory?

If you want to see specific graphics info this is the best here.> techPowerUp! :: Downloads

You will see this listed towards top of page.
TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.6.4
Click to download.

Similar to CPU-Z.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-4670 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8129 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon R9 200 Series, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 232 GB (21 GB Free); D: 931 GB (395 GB Free); E: 698 GB (152 GB Free);
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled (360 Security)

First post, hope I am not necro'ing anyone's thread.

The Issue: Dual monitors, secondary stays in D-VID Power Saving Mode and goes to black and flashes the standby light.

Monitor Model: LG 24'' IPS LED D2343 (CINEMA 3D)

Was working perfectly less than 24 hours ago, upon boot up this issue arose, attempted fixes to follow:

Basic Fixes Attempted:

1. Classic restart.
2. Removed screen connections, power and DVI.
3. Swapped Ports on the actual GPU between main and secondary monitors, main monitor fires up no problem.
4. Used the Monitor and cables with a different PC- The Monitor worked perfectly.
5. Reinstalled GPU Drivers.
6. Cleaned out the tower, dust etc.
7. Checked and re-checked as many settings as possible on W10, everything from Power settings to Display and Device management, this includes trying hot keys- like those used to project screens etc.
8. Checked windows Update- fully updated.
9 No dodgy software detected or any software installed lately.

Intermediate Fixes Attempted:

1. Removed and ... Read more

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Hi. I am trying to run the intel onboard graphics and an nvidia quaddro on the same machine simultaneously. HP says it is possible to do so but I cannot find the option in the BIOS to enable the onboard graphics as a primary driver. Right now, the onboard graphics cards becomes automatically disabled as soon as I plug the Nvidia in.  Thanks for your help

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Running dual monitors in Win 10 and when going through the Color calibration steps on monitor #2 (Control panel / Display / Calibrate color) the settings stick as long as the 2nd monitor is active.

If I switch to single display (Windows Key + P / PC Screen only) then the 2nd monitor loses its color calibration. Also anytime I reboot my PC (Even if I have both monitors active) the 2nd monitor loses my calibration.

The 2nd monitor has a fairly strong bias for the color Green so I can always tell right away.

I'm probably overlooking something and was hoping someone might of dealt with this before

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I've been running a multi-monitor setup for a while now, with an ASUS VG248QE 144Hz monitor as my main, and one or more spare monitors as secondary displays. I've set the ASUS monitor to 144Hz without issue in the past, while the other monitors stay at 60Hz.

The other night, Windows wanted to update. I figured it was the usual patch session, so I let it do its thing. However, after restarting my computer, I noticed that my ASUS monitor would only operate at 144Hz if it was the only monitor plugged into the system. When I try to set it higher in the Nvidia control panel, it just reverts back to 60Hz after applying changes. I updated my graphics drivers (though I was only one version behind) and even sought a special ASUS driver for the monitor to resolve the issue, but nothing has helped.

Did Windows recently add a forced refresh rate sync between all monitors recently? If so, that really sucks because I only own one 144Hz monitor.

A:Dual monitor setup locks 144Hz monitor at 60Hz

Are you sure the other monitors are independent (dual or multiple mode) rather than cloning the main monitor? If they clone the main monitor, then this explains the 60Hz refresh rate, as all settings (resolution, color depth, refresh rate) should be common for all monitors and the others can only do 60Hz.

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Hello I basically need conformation that I'll need to buy a new monitor in order to have a dual monitor set up with my current system. I'm not super tech savvy so if you need any other info please let me know.

I have a Radeon HD 6670 with 3 ports, an HMID, VGA (which is my monitors type) and DVI. Each port has a stamp next to it that indicates what port type it is/supports (the VGA has a CRI stamp next to it though). My main VGA monitor works fine with the VGA/CRI port, but my second I have to use a VGA to DVI adapter and it's not working.

I've gone through a lot of forums, and found some conflicting information. So I really want to know is it possible to use a converter/adapter or will I need to just go out and buy a new monitor that has a DVI hook up?

I hope I don't need a new monitor, I'm on a very tight budget. (la sigh)

A:Radeon HD 6670 Dual Monitor setup not detecting 2nd monitor

I would try one of these before giving up on the monitor:

Rosewill 10ft. DVI-A (24+5) Male to HD15 VGA Male Analog Video Cable w/ Ferrites Cores, Model RCW-900 - Newegg.com

Forget adapters, you might not a have a compatible one, the DVI connector has many variants.

Look at that cable end and make sure it would fit on your video card's female DVI connector (it should), it's DVI-A (analog only) to VGA which is analog only....

More info:



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I am having troubles getting my dual monitors back.
Initially had a GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI video card and was using the on board video (Biostar G41 M7 MB) for dual VGA monitor setup.

I've installed a Radeon HD 6670 1GB PCI-E video card with monitor one setup via DVI to VGA adapter on output one and 2nd monitor on VGA onboard video.
I cannot get the second monitor to detect in any configuration. Tried looking in BIOS of MB, using 2nd DVI (w/ vga adapter) on Radeon card.

Am at a loss and I hope I have provided enough information for some assistance.

Much appreciated


A:Radeon HD 6670 Dual Monitor setup not detecting 2nd monitor

Quote: Originally Posted by Weeg

I am having troubles getting my dual monitors back.
Initially had a GeForce 8400GS 512MB PCI video card and was using the on board video (Biostar G41 M7 MB) for dual VGA monitor setup.

I've installed a Radeon HD 6670 1GB PCI-E video card with monitor one setup via DVI to VGA adapter on output one and 2nd monitor on VGA onboard video.
I cannot get the second monitor to detect in any configuration. Tried looking in BIOS of MB, using 2nd DVI (w/ vga adapter) on Radeon card.

I don't understand why you are using a combination of DVI (to VGA) out of your HD6670 to one monitor, and also using the VGA out of your motherboard to the other monitor.

Am I interpreting what you've done correctly? You are using just the DVI output from your HD6670 through a DVI-to-VGA adapter and on to your first monitor, and also using the VGA output from the onboard graphics of the motherboard to feed the second monitor? If so, this is very wrong.

Your new HD6670 has TWO video outputs of its own: one is DVI, and the other is VGA. You should connect your second analog monitor to the VGA output of the HD6670, not to the onboard graphics VGA output.

Also, if you can disable the onboard graphics in the BIOS that's definitely what you should do when you install an external video card as you've done. At the very least you should give priority to the new PCIe video over PCI (which was your old GeForce card, and probably o... Read more

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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?

A: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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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 am currently using dual ATI RADEON HD 5800 series graphics cards and though I have the most recently updated driver I'm almost certain I installed it wrong since I am continuing to have the video driver stop responding and other things such as disfigured or skewed images. I know how to uninstall and install drivers but since I have two I'm honestly a bit confused. If you can't tell already I'm new to this stuff. I've thought about this for a long time and this is actually my last resort. I've gone through google for hours looking at guides but can't quite find an answer for what I'm looking for.

-Do I simply uninstall both drivers for the graphics cards? (I'll use dc pro to help clean out those drivers)
and when I do that when I start to install the drivers do I just install it once or do I have to somehow install the driver twice and set it on the graphics cards?

A:Solved: Installing drivers for dual graphics cards

Are you using two cards to support 3 or more monitors, or are the cards in a Crossfire setup?

If the cards are separate, uninstall the drivers using Add and Remove programs, shut down and remove one of the cards, then boot and install the drivers. After the first card is working, then install the second card.

If it's a Crossfire setup, are the cards jumpered properly? And other issues can cause the drivers to crash. Power supply issues, motherboard BIOS and/or setup also come to mind.

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What is the best setup for running dual monitors with dual video cards?

Plug one monitor into one card and the other into the second card with Crossfire off, or turn on Crossfire and plug both monitors into the same video card?

Both monitors are the same.

A:Dual Monitor Setup w/ Dual ATI 4870x2

crossfire on, same card

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my beloved a64 box has stood by me for 3 years, but now i have to use serious software for school (video editing, flash, photoshop, autodesk) so i need a stronger machine... i still need to figure out the specs ill need but i have one main question at this point, KVM switches.

right now (in the a64) i have a radeon 9800 256 pushing 2 monitors at 1280*1024 and a kvm switch that allows one monitor, the keyboard and mouse to click to my linux box when i hit scroll lock twice fast. is there a such switch that could switch BOTH monitors and keyboard and mouse AND sound between my a64 box and future dual core intel? (or whatever you guys recomend lol)

A:dual system- dual monitor setup

You could get a better AMD processor if it is a socket 939 and then there would be no need for a new motherboard, a Skt 939 Athlon X2 would be good, if you dont wanna upgrade ur mobo.

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