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I got a card used and later found out it was used for folding. Great.........

When I tried it out, this is what happened:




Those lines appear all over both screens, seemingly at random. This does NOT happen with my GTX460 at all. I tried the latest drivers 260.99 (I think that's what they were) and now the NV control panel crashes any time I try to enter it.

I ran Furmark on the card as well and it seems to run fine, but how do I know it's utilizing both cards? Can I set it to force using one card or the other to verify both parts of the GX2 are ok? I really don't play any other games aside from Supreme Commander so if it's just a bug with this game, this card is basically useless.
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download OCCT, and run the GPU stress test thingy.

Also run a game benchmark to see if you're getting normal frames, that will tell you if both cards are being used.

Looks like it's artifacting?
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That's my thought. I run the Supreme Commander performance test as seen in the pic, and aside from those bars it runs though fine. Never knew OCCT had a GPU stress, maybe i'll try that.
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I ran across this while googling. I wonder if this is a similar issue than I had with my previous card? I guess I could dig out my HDMI/DVI cable and try hooking up to those two ports?
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Well, I installed the 260.99 WHQL drivers again, booted with my GTX460 and shut down. Put the 9800GX2 back in and ran the SCmarks test again, viola!! It runs now without glitches. NV control panel is ok as well, no crashes and is set to "Maximum 3d Performance", but how do I test/stress the 2nd GPU?
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I ran across this while googling. I wonder if this is a similar issue than I had with my previous card? I guess I could dig out my HDMI/DVI cable and try hooking up to those two ports?
i don't think it'd be the port unless you're using VGA somewhere. Could be a power problem, cause my buddy's 4870 xfire was artifacting because of not enough juice, but i doubt it.

did you try that stress test? It'll tell you if your GPU(s) are pooped
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The only stress test I ran was furmark and it seemed to run fine. I have plenty of juice, I popped the card into my sig-rig so the Gigabyte Odin GT 800W was powering it.
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Apparently it was my own fault. I just needed to power the displays via the HDMI and DVI port next to each other, NOT by the two DVI ports. After another install of the drivers and a switch of the cables, all appears fine!
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Apparently it was my own fault. I just needed to power the displays via the HDMI and DVI port next to each other, NOT by the two DVI ports. After another install of the drivers and a switch of the cables, all appears fine!
awesome it all worked out
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