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Once upon a time I had regular SLI and I could actually adjust the windows on the Surround screen to make them match my physical monitor arrangement. These days, with Tri SLI, doing any such thing produces bizarre errors: drivers disappear and Windows has to reinstall them; PC reboots and displays only the startup screen even though you can hear yourself logon.

So the only way I can get this working is to set things up such that I don't have to make adjustments in the Surround screen. This requires some mind twisting as I have to first hit "activate all displays" and then set it up so that my left and center monitors are mixed up, then set what's listed as center monitor as my primary...once I do this and spin around eight times, I can go into Surround mode and leave the screens unadjusted since it is then correct.

This is a serious pain in the ass. The cards all work fine every game I throw at them so it can't be a hardware thing. This has happened with me with any driver ever since I moved to Tri-SLI.
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I've had recent problems arranging the screens too for some reason. Not sure what the difference has been (although I've always had tri-sli).

Not sure about your reboots though (possible heat or driver problem?).

It's frustrating, sure. But it's something that you really should have to do once. Once you are able to get your rebooting problem down, you shouldn't have to be moving your screens around constantly.
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If only. Certain games coded by monkeys, like DICE, can't manage to get triple screen right, or 1080p res in Surround mode right, (same with Metro) so I'm currently playing BF3 in single screen mode.

The reboots happen only when I try to switch around the screens in the Nvidia Surround CP. Definitely not heat-related.
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Tell me if I read this right.

When you enable all the monitors they are like not in order right?

Nvidia does not have a setting so you can set which monitor goes where?

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If only. Certain games coded by monkeys, like DICE, can't manage to get triple screen right, or 1080p res in Surround mode right, (same with Metro) so I'm currently playing BF3 in single screen mode.

The reboots happen only when I try to switch around the screens in the Nvidia Surround CP. Definitely not heat-related.
Currently for me I have to play BF3 with my eyefinity disabled. Not that my card can handle it max settings+3 screens, but I have to disable it because when I try to play it on 1 screen the game bugs out.
Ill link vid.

Edited by Zcypot - 10/27/11 at 7:13pm
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Tell me if I read this right.

When you enable all the monitors they are like not in order right?

Nvidia does not have a setting so you can set which monitor goes where?
It has the setting. The ludicrous thing is that when I try to use the setting, the machine implodes. So I have to do voodoo magic to make sure that when Surround set up occurs, it requires no swapping around of monitors.

It works fine when I do three monitors independently (which defaults to dual SLI), but for whatever reason, you try to switch around the monitors in Surround config, and hit apply, you say goodbye to the next 30 minutes of your life.

I can't imagine this has been happening to dual-SLI people because that'd cause an uproar. Tri-SLI is rarer.

Insane.
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When was the last time you updated your drivers?
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When was the last time I didn't, lol.

Tried them all. Running BF3 betas now. All the games run fine. I don't know why the thing goes haywire under that specific circumstance.
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Not sure if this might help you, since you said that you have tried just about every driver set possible, but it did help me when I had the strangest SLI compatibility problems in Surround:

http://www.evga.com/forums/tm.aspx?m=1174372

Nvidia drivers aren't what they used to be and there may be some issues when switching back and forth between the different revisions. When I was using Tri-SLI with my Surround setup, I didn't have the same issues you mentioned but I did have my own problems though.
     
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