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Hey guys, some quick multi-monitor questions. On a second monitor I want to display IM, Winamp, and other 2D things while gaming on the main monitor on the 5850 in windowed mode. I also have a 2MB PCI S3 lying around.

Questions:
*is it possible to have a second card running a second monitor with or without AERO while gaming on another card?
*can one click on whatever is rendered on the second monitor without minimizing or hurting in any way the game on the 1st monitor?
*what are the minimum requirements for the secondary card to drive a second monitor? Would the S3 do, would it have to be a WDDM 1.1 compatible card, etc?

Thanks
Edited by dragosmp - 5/20/11 at 7:34am
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post #2 of 11
I think you are locked in to the 3D gaming window. I tried 2 monitors for a day or 2 and when I couldnt click on anything on my second screen I just said screw it. Maybe if you play in windowed mode it may be ok.

Plus, 5850s have an issue with flickering in dual screen. May not be an issue with identical monitors but I always had flickering when resizing, scrolling or moving windows.
    
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I should have said it, but I plan to play in Windowed Mode, otherwise you can't click outside
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Sorry, tired. Missed the big ***questions*** section. Missed the question entirely. Im way out in left field today...
Edited by Addictedtokaos - 5/20/11 at 7:21am
    
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Sorry, tired. Missed the big ***questions*** section. Missed the question entirely. Im way out in left field today...
I tried to rephrase, cheers
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post #8 of 11
In my limited experience, this won't work. Your options are to get a more powerful single-card solution, or add another 5850 crossfire that would handle everything.

I could be totally wrong though... just basing off my experience trying to run a 6970 and a 5770 together (two discrete gpu's). What ends up happening is the higher end card is throttled to the lower-end's specs.
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post #9 of 11
5770 shouldn't screw with the 6970 at all in theory, but amd vision engine control does have a tendency to screw things up somewhat when trying to have separate gpus in the same system

Had my 6970 going with a 5870 for a bit and all seemed ok, granted the 5870 was just outputting hdmi to a receiver, but in theory it should all work. Just will probably take a few hours of pulling your hair out while you get all drivers and settings squared away
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post #10 of 11
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The thing is the 5850 is powerful enough for these 2 monitors, it's the drivers or Windows that don't allow one card to power one monitor in 3D and a second in 2D. I need the second monitor to run only 2D apps while the primary runs 3D games windowed. Ideas?
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