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@burning_kittins: LOL ya he is one of those peeps, rather get the better than the crappy so I cant get blamed later for anything. He does just want an extended desktop ya, to spread his windows around, no gaming or spanning, but if he sees ANY lag he will blame me!

Also that newegg adapter looks JUST like the one I got, with "ACTIVE" on one end... it better work, not gonna bother getting another one.

Monitors are HDMI/DVI, DVI, DVI/VGA, no DP.
Found out finally the MB is a Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L, only one PCI-e slot, and 2 PCI slots. I figured it was too small to have 2 PCI-e slots. I am pretty sure I put in 4GB ram, ie, 3.25, and its my old Core2Duo 2.66Ghz CPU, so that should be more than enough. I also put in a new PSU for him in the last year, its a good quality Coolermaster 500W so that should suffice as well. He only has one SATA hard drive and one SATA DVD drive... altho he does have like 6 USB devices, but nothing major that will draw major ampage.

Ok here is the final choice:

1. Get the GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850 (Cypress Pro) for $155 AR at newegg and I also get the Shogun game for free (score!) and hope the "Active" DP/DVI adapter I got works

2. Get the EVGA GeForce 6200 512MB 64-bit DDR2 PCI 2.1 Card and just add the third monitor to it, assuming that one will run at the same speed as the others (unlike the USB crap)

I feel like #2 is the simplest solution but my client and I are still leaning towards #1 for various reasons. Can we take a pole here (for anyone present) and help me make my final decision?

Thanks!
post #22 of 36
Option 2 is the most reliable, option 1 is the best if you can get it to work. If his displays are 1600x900 or below then a passive DP adapter will work, it only needs active for high resolutions..
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Have you experienced trouble with getting one of the AMD cards to work with 3 displays with an active DP adapter? I thought it was pretty much a guarantee it should work, like its the whole point of that tech... and ya I think he will run the full res, ie, 1920x1080, and 2x 1680x1050.
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As I was afraid of, got the 5850, didnt work. Just 2 displays. Only 2 showed up in CCC, third monitor showed no life. Third display was in XP Display properties but could not right click on it at all. I tried using first:

Display 1: Displayport + adapter to DVI cable (worked at all times)
Display 2: DVI to DVI cable (worked at all times)
Display 3a: DVI to DVI cable (never worked)
Display 3b: DVI to DVI/VGA adapter to VGA cable (never worked)

The reason I tried 3b was because I heard some say it will not work with 2 DVI connections or the HDMI, that a VGA has to be involved. Well it seems like that didnt work either. And yes I did a reboot several times.

Either I am missing something very simple or as other people have said, the 5850 or these eyefinity cards dont work with XP regardless of using eyefinity or extended desktop. Any other ideas would be appreciated.
post #25 of 36
I checked the AMD site and it says you have to Win 7 for Eyefinity to work.
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post #26 of 36
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I read that on the amd site a long time ago but as I have stated this is not for eyefinity, only for an extended desktop so that is irrelevant, or so I have been told by many experts.

Many "experts" adamantly reassured me it would work with XP as long as it is for EXTENDED desktop and NOT EYEFINITY. Do you have proof or documentation that this is a true or false statement, bec if it will not work with XP NO MATTER what, then I'll just trash this card and get the best nvidia PCI card and couple it with my existing 210.
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Originally Posted by dathaeus;13595366 
I read that on the amd site a long time ago but as I have stated this is not for eyefinity, only for an extended desktop so that is irrelevant, or so I have been told by many experts.

Many "experts" adamantly reassured me it would work with XP as long as it is for EXTENDED desktop and NOT EYEFINITY. Do you have proof or documentation that this is a true or false statement, bec if it will not work with XP NO MATTER what, then I'll just trash this card and get the best nvidia PCI card and couple it with my existing 210.



Let me see what I can find and report back here.

EDIT:

Found your postings on Overclockers Club and hardforum.

I can see how you confusing it was according to the articles I've seen so far.

So, I spent about an hour of time doing research that you have already probably done. My conclusion at this time is that you cannot make 3 monitors work with your single 5850 running XP. At most it will be two.

This is one of the threads that support my above statement.

Here is the quote from the above article.
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Originally Posted by vistiontek.com 
So I finally got a reply from Tech Support. Maybe my initial request got lost... They responded pretty quickly.

Here it is for anybody else that may be wondering.

With the HD 5870 Eyefinity6, what is required to run 3 monitors in WinXP and Win7 Pro 64-bit? In Windows XP, the Eyefinity feature is NOT supported (up to 2 monitors support only. Eyefinity works in Vista and 7 only.

What version of software/drivers are required? Any driver from Catalyst version 10.12or higher will support Eyefinity.


At this point you can add another card (which I believe you said you already have) and even though its from Nvidia (best practice calls for multiple cards to be from same manufacturer using a unified driver) it may work. This should be your least expensive option at this time, without returning your 5850. You should at least try this since all you will lose is your time. You can then judge whether or not it works and if the performance will be acceptable.

I feel your pain and I'm sorry it didn't work out the way you originally hoped it would.
Edited by bfe_vern - 5/22/11 at 3:41pm
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So I had posted your issue on AMD's forum. Here is an answer from one of their members who apparently didn't read past the the title of the post.

EDIT: I also had a poll on that thread and 4 members voted that it would not work and that was from experience.
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http://forums.amd.com/game/messageview.cfm?catid=279&threadid=150860&viewresults=y

Asked and answered a thousand times, like spyre said, XP does not support 3 monitors per card, get your head out of your ass and upgrade to Windows 7. You are using a graphics card that costs twice what Windows 7 Professional costs.

And they keep coming...
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Originally posted by: steveo_crossfire
Originally posted by: Vern
Originally posted by: black_zion Asked and answered a thousand times, like spyre said, XP does not support 3 monitors per card, get your head out of your ass and upgrade to Windows 7. You are using a graphics card that costs twice what Windows 7 Professional costs.








Nice. If anyone has their head up their's its you. Apparently you didn't read past the title of my post. I hope your behavior is not indicative of this community.








what part of no it won't work do you not understand ??



upgrade to 7 and everything will be good , (get w7 pro so you can run in xp mode) if thats soooo important to you



So in less than 24 hours my research says NO.

I hope we don't behave this way on our board. FWIW - these are senior poster with over 6000 post on the AMD boards.
Edited by bfe_vern - 5/23/11 at 11:28am
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Datheus - I saw that you joined the conversation over there at the AMD boards. I hope you will find, in your stay here at OCN, that you are treated better.

To tell you the truth it was an amusing exercise.
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Originally Posted by bfe_vern;13614103 
Datheus - I saw that you joined the conversation over there at the AMD boards. I hope you will find, in your stay here at OCN, that you are treated better.

To tell you the truth it was an amusing exercise.

What the heck is wrong with those people? I have posted on various forums for years, thousands of times, and I do run into these type of jerks here and there, but it is just amazing how the human race even survives I tell you. Humans, the most selfish conniving creatures on earth, so sad. But hey thanks for your efforts, u went above and beyond, and I think I am pretty clear on this now. Just wish these people stepped up BEFORE when I started these threads like a couple of weeks ago. Learning the hard freakin way, oh well... at least I'll be able to help someone else next time, the RIGHT way.
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