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Ok. I've been running my 3870x2 flawlessly for a few months now and I just picked up a cheap His 3870 Turbo Edition. Naturally I'm trying to get them to run In crossfire X but to no avail. I've tried multiple driver installs but the option to enable crossfire Isn't even available In Catalyst Control Centre. Nor does GPU-z report active crossfire. Previously I've been scoring 19.5k in 3dmark 06 with a single 3870x2. My score hasn't changed so its defiantly not working. I'm starting to think that maybe I need to use the 3870 In pci-e slot #1 and the 3870x2 in pci-e slot #2, currently It's the other way round although I doubt that this would have any effect on it.

Am I just missing something crucial here, can someone who has been able to get crossfire x going with 3 3870's please help me. I'm starting to think my next gpu will be green.....
    
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I have no idea but all I can suggest is that you try the other slot idea.
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Uninstall your drivers> restart> power down> physically remove the 3870> restart> install drivers> restart, verify the X2 is detected> power down> install the 3870> restart> install drivers again.

That should work, check device manager for a warning under display adapters.
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Uninstall your drivers> restart> power down> physically remove the 3870> restart> install drivers> restart, verify the X2 is detected> power down> install the 3870> restart> install drivers again.

That should work, check device manager for a warning under display adapters.
+1 That is what I heard you have to do if you run into issues like you're experiencing.
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Device manager shows both the 3870x2 and the 3870 as being installed. Still no crossfire. Ok I'm using catalyst 8.5's now. I Did everything In that order and I still can't get it to work. I give up. May as well sell both cards and go nvidia. Ati can stick their crossfire up their arse. What the hell am i doing wrong!!!
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Okay. Nice setup! I have the same gpu setup. Anyways back to business! I know this sounds stupid, but did you plug the power cable in and attach the crossfire bridge? Also what chipset is your board? I can't tell and I'm too lazy to look it up. If it's a p35 or lower, or an Nvidia chipset, you are SOL.
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Okay. Nice setup! I have the same gpu setup. Anyways back to business! I know this sounds stupid, but did you plug the power cable in and attach the crossfire bridge? Also what chipset is your board? I can't tell and I'm too lazy to look it up. If it's a p35 or lower, or an Nvidia chipset, you are SOL.
yeah i plugged in the cables....and connected the bridge......lol But thanks....It's a x38 Chip set. My bios was the current a few months ago. I'm going to check If they have released any further revisions. How was your installation of your 2nd card, was it trouble free? Do you have your 3870 or your 3870x2 in your primary pci-e slot??
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i am assuming you are trying to do this in vista not Xp correct?
    
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yeah i plugged in the cables....and connected the bridge......lol But thanks....It's a x38 Chip set. My bios was the current a few months ago. I'm going to check If they have released any further revisions. I've been doing this for years. I've build dozens of ultra high end rigs. I've benched AMD and Intel. ATI an nvidia In dozens of configurations under DICE LN2 and water. I'm not some rich idiot who just went out and bought everything. Never have I encountered a problem as confusing as this.

Maybe CCC just has a case of the stupids. If it's seen in device manager without warnings, then it's enabled.
Do you see 3 cores in the GPU-Z drop down menu?

Have you monitored the 3870 while benching to see if the card is ramping up to 3d mode?
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Maybe CCC just has a case of the stupids. If it's seen in device manager without warnings, then it's enabled.
Do you see 3 cores in the GPU-Z drop down menu?

Have you monitored the 3870 while benching to see if the card is ramping up to 3d mode?
I can see 3 cards in the drop down menu from gpu-z but it only says crossfire enabled, 2 cards which is what it said when i only had a 3870x2 installed. My 3dmark 06 score hasn't increased.
    
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