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I've been reading around and some say it can be done while other say it's not possible.

I have a nVidia 9600GT in the sig spec below. I have a Radeon x1300 PCI card I've taken out of my old comp and want to use it to run a second monitor in dual view as an expanded desktop.

I've installed the x1300 and loaded drivers, but it not wanting to work. My computer can see it fine.


Is there a trick to this I should try or am I SOL


BTW, the x1300 is only PCI, could these be an issue?
    
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The 9600 has dual monitor outputs, you don't need another card.
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Originally Posted by TheFlyingWallaby View Post
The 9600 has dual monitor outputs, you don't need another card.
Yep, exactly. You only need another card if you want 3 or more monitors. All you need is the one card for dual monitors.
    
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Running the dualview is killing my FPS to unplayable. I was looking to run the second monitor off another card to keep playable FPS.
    
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Who said you can't run an x1300 with that 9600GT?

They should get along happily together.
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OK, I got it.


Here's the deal. nVidia's drivers just don't see ATI's driver worth a crap. With my nVidia card installed first and installing the x1300 second didn't work. I took the 9600 out and booted with the PCI x1300. Had to make a BIOS adjustment for main gra phics to be PCI. The board really didn't like it, but it would boot.

I installed the Catalyst Controller and drivers. Rebooted making sure everything was stable. Then installed my geforce card. ATI's drivers saw the geforce card just fine. Used Catalyst controller to manage the displays.

Still took a big hit in 3Dmark06 and in game FPSs. Looks like a need more then a second card to handle multiple displays while running intensive games. Need to upgrade this CPU soon.
    
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wouldn't it be possible to just use the 9600GT multiple monitors then make a profile for any game you play that switches it to single display while gaming?
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Not an option in the profiles to set multiple displays. There is an option fpr "multi-display/mixed-GPU acceleration", but it doesn't control the number of displays.

Can't make a hotkey to close a display either.
    
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Upgrade the videocard, not the CPU.
    
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post #10 of 10
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After some more testing. I was wrong. So long as I don't run EVGA's Precision tuning in the second monitor I get normal single card frame rate. This is what I was shooting for. Having to dual-display in game was the main reason for adding the second card.



EDIT: Not working to well in Vista. Tried it the same way and didn't work. Doesn't want to enable the PCI x1300.
Edited by PizzaMan - 6/30/08 at 1:54pm
    
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