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Dual video card setup

by Ajtessin / November 6, 2003 6:57 AM PST

I am trying to run two monitors at the same time. I have the first card installed fine (NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 PCI), which supports the dual monitor feature. I installed the second card (ATI 3D Rage IIC PCI), but windows cannot install the driver for it. The device manager says "Device cannot be started (code 10)". I tried reinstalling the card, troubleshooting everything...Anybody have any suggestions as to why windows wont install the driver for this card?

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Re:Dual video card setup
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2003 7:08 AM PST
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I think you've found your issue, The IIC is a very old card and no dual monitor drivers were developed. Since you have one NVidia card already, I will share that I installed a PCI NVidia card and that worked nicely for a dual display without using a DUAL-output display card.

Bob

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Re:Re:Dual video card setup
by Ajtessin / November 6, 2003 7:11 AM PST

So what do I need to do to set it up in the same manner that you did?

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Re:Re:Re:Dual video card setup
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2003 9:50 AM PST

"So what do I need to do to set it up in the same manner that you did?"

If I was unclear, please point out how I was unclear. In my first reply I wrote "I will share that I installed a PCI NVidia card and that worked nicely for a dual display without using a DUAL-output display card."

Bob

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Re:Dual video card setup
by David Chan / November 6, 2003 7:48 AM PST
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Re:Dual video card setup
by Distech / February 23, 2005 8:23 PM PST

Setting up two single cards vs one dual support card helps in the issue if someone is playing a full screen game.

With two separate cards you still have the ability to slide the cursor to the unused monitor. As with a dual support card, the cursor is locked on one screen if the main monitor is in use by a full screen game.

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Dual video card setup
by elec999 / February 25, 2005 12:21 AM PST

I was playing with dual video card setup today. When googling I came this post, and a forum post.
I am using a agp and a pci card. Basicilly you have to set in the bios so that your pci card is the primary card, then once in windows the exclamation mark will disappear from both of your video cards and you will be have to use dual monitor, play around with which monitor to be primary monitor, etc.
Please refer to this thread
http://www.techspot.com/vb/archive/index/t-5115.html
I hope this helped.
Thanks

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HCL and making it all work.
by ParnaoidGuy / February 24, 2005 9:51 AM PST
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Setting up two video cards has always gone very easily for me, so let me try a few troubleshooting steps.

First- is your hardware xp compatible and do you havethe drivers for it. I don't do research for people that can do it themselves. I am not trying to be harsh, but the those are both major vendors so add a www and a .com to the company names and look em up.

Second, video cards and NICs have some funky zen stuff going on with the way PnP works. Try moving the lowest video card to a higher slot. Trust me, it can work like magic.

Third, and I am surprised no one else noticed this, but you are using two pci cards. No AGP? at all? Not even built in? How many displays do you want when this is all said and done?

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