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Ok, bear with me because this might be a long one. I would REALLY like to get this sorted out though and I am hoping someone with a bit more knowledge than me can figure it out, so here goes.

I have recently bought a couple cheap monitors to use for 2D surround. I am still using my old GTX295, and have no interest in upgrading as (minus these surround issues) it does everything I need it to at this time. Now, my setup is a bit odd. I have a 24" 1920x1200 panel in the center, and 2 23" 1920x1080 panels on the sides. I would have gotten a couple 24" 16:10 panels for the sides, but they are way too expensive just for something to play around with.

So I know vision surround still has it's bugs, and having different sized screens probably is part of my issue. On top of that the GTX295 has 2 DVI ports and 1 HDMI, so I am obviously limited to those connections. All my monitors are pretty basic, and even my center one only has DVI/VGA inputs. I don't care to replace it though because it's a p-mva panel and still looks great. My plan was to pick up some cheap monitors to screw around, not upgrade everything.

Vision surround has been VERY picky about how I hook up my monitors. If I hook the center monitor to one of the DVI connections and hook the HDMI to one of the 23" screens, when I enable surround it will sometimes turn all my screens black and lock my system up, requiring a hard reboot. When it DOESN'T do this, everything looks great and it seems to be working. That is until I play a game, at which point every time it will give me 3 black screens and a system freeze, requiring a hard reset.

Now, if I use an HDMI cable with an HDMI to DVI adapter for my 24" screen, I get no lockups and can game. Which would be terrific, minus one really strange issue. It does this:






As soon as I enable surround, I get these white blocks on the side of my center monitor. If I take a screen shot, they are not there, so you would think it would be hardware related as the GPU itself does not seem to be rendering it. However, I do not have them when running with all monitors enabled. I also do not have them if I lower my res on the monitor to 1920x1080, so it isn't a matter of having an issue at that resolution. It's ONLY when in surround, with the 24" monitor using the HDMI hookup (which is the only way I can get things to work without lockups).

Eventually I WILL be purchasing a new GPU. I was planning to stick with Nvidia, as I do not want to replace my existing monitors, and I do not have a displayport on any of my current screens. But now it's looking like I will not be getting this to run as I had hoped, so I am stuck choosing between a couple Nvidia cards or going the eyefinity route and getting a new center display. That is a bit more costly than I would want.

Help!!
    
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You can't hook up 3 monitors to a gtx 295. You need to 2 cards to do that. You can only use 2 connections out of the 3 at a time. So you can have dvi and dvi, or dvi and hdmi at one time. You need a second card.
    
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Originally Posted by Willanhanyard View Post
You can't hook up 3 monitors to a gtx 295. You need to 2 cards to do that. You can only use 2 connections out of the 3 at a time. So you can have dvi and dvi, or dvi and hdmi at one time. You need a second card.
While I appreciate the response, that is not correct. The GTX295 is currently the only card that supports 2D surround without SLI. It is shown right on Nvidia's site, and the fact that I have it working minus a strange bug would pretty well show that it does support it!! It's the getting it to work without issues that I am having trouble with
    
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