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post #11 of 74
no need for a mini hdmi cable. plug the two monitors into the FIRST card using the DVI ports and the third into the second card (DVI port as well) THEN select the option to span displays with surround. youll get 3 monitors working in no time.



you had the right idea but the monitors were all in the wrong sockets. what will happen is sli will enable itself and youll be running a triple wide resolution. if you do want to game on just one screen, just set your resolution through the in game settings. SLI will still be enabled
Edited by rjmana - 12/9/12 at 6:47pm
post #12 of 74
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no need for a mini hdmi cable. plug the two monitors into the FIRST card using the DVI ports and the third into the second card (DVI port as well) THEN select the option to span displays with surround. youll get 3 monitors working in no time.
you had the right idea but the monitors were all in the wrong sockets. what will happen is sli will enable itself and youll be running a triple wide resolution. if you do want to game on just one screen, just set your resolution through the in game settings. SLI will still be enabled

I was just reading around and I came across the same thing, try what rjmana suggested.
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post #13 of 74
hope he tries it before buying another cable... haha
post #14 of 74
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So my 480's have 2 SLi bridge ports, so I switched to the left-most slot. Unfortunately it was for naught and SLI is still not an available option. I am at a loss, for I have also re-seated the GPU's as well.
post #15 of 74
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AH! So spanning across 3 monitors still enables SLI?

I was under the impression it did not.

I however, am obviously open for any and all suggestions; and will remove the 210 from my setup and monitor this thread via my laptop.

Thank god I still have this G71GX laying around.
post #16 of 74
Thread Starter 
We are indeed in a step in the right direction, I have displays on all 3 monitors. However, nVidia control panel is still just asking for which GPU to do my PhysX, and not mentioning SLI. I do have updates, so I'm going update & restart after re-aligning displays (left, mid, right) etc.


Edit: sorry for massive triple post. I am, indeed, the worst kind of person. If someone would be kind enough to merge these posts for me since I cannot delete.
post #17 of 74
select 'span displays with surround' and go through the configuration, not 'activate all displays'. if that is what you did... post a screenshot of the settings. might help to pinpoint the problem
post #18 of 74
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AH! So spanning across 3 monitors still enables SLI?
I was under the impression it did not.
I however, am obviously open for any and all suggestions; and will remove the 210 from my setup and monitor this thread via my laptop.
Thank god I still have this G71GX laying around.

You can have the following things:

2 cards, 3 displays, no SLI, no Surround "activate all displays"
2 cards, 3 displays, SLI, Surround "span displays with surround"
2 cards, 2 displays, SLI, 3rd card for aux monitor/PhysX
2 cards, 2 displays, SLI

Up until GTX 600 series and a few obscure AIB cards you could only connect 2 displays per card. In SLI both cards act as one, so two displays is still the maximum while SLI is enabled but Surround is not. Surround tricks the computer into believing all three monitors are one large screen, so it bypasses this issue. You may however use two monitors on the SLI setup and run a 3rd dedicated card for an Aux monitor and even as a PhysX card with no issues provided your motherboard can support it (or use integrated graphics).

Monitors for surround must be the same resolution at least, and it is possible for mixed and matched screens to not work properly either so three of the same is a very good idea.
Edited by Scorpion49 - 12/9/12 at 7:15pm
post #19 of 74
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Well, I can't click on span.



So I can use almost an identical set up to my original whilst utilizing SLI?

That being

480 display 1
480 display 2
210 display 3

Or,

480 display 1 & 2
480 no display
210 display 3

I attempted this and was unsuccessful:

480 display 1
480 no display
210 display 2 & 3

I was unaware nVidia cards are so finicky with SLI and multi monitor. I miss my 6870 frown.gif
post #20 of 74
You have a bad SLI bridge or bad connection on it. Grab the plastic connectors and wiggle them on and off a few times to make sure its clean. You may have to get another. Happens to me more with Crossfire cables but SLI bridges aren't very sturdy either.

I recently ran SLI on the CHV so it should be fine with your board.
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