Problem installing second graphics card - please help!


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JS

My computer was running just fine with an ATI AIW 9800 128MB but then
I saw a good deal on some big LCD monitors, so I bought two of them.
When I first received the monitors, I added an old Nvidia GeForce2
MX400 PCI that I had laying around. At first I had a bit of trouble,
but after changing the primary monitor in the BIOS to PCI, it worked.
However, I wasn't satisfied with the analog output from the Nvidia
card, and also the TV function didn't work under this arrangement, so
I bought an ATI 7500 (not All-in-Wonder) to replace the Nvidia. I
figured the two ATI cards would get along very nicely. Boy, was I ever
wrong!

Following the instructions, I uninstalled both the Nvidia and the ATI
9800 drivers, then added the 7500 card, and installed the drivers
(7500 first, then 9800). No good. The 7500 worked, but in system
properties the 9800 displayed the error message: "The device could not
start." I uninstalled the drivers again, then reversed the order,
installing the 9800 drivers first, then the 7500 drivres. Same error.
Then I tried the 9800 drivers only. Same error. I tried switching back
to primary AGP in the BIOS, system wouldn't boot at all with both
cards installed, so back to primary PCI. All in all I must have
installed and uninstalled and rebooted 25 times. Always the same error
on the 9800. All this was last weekend. I need my system during the
week so I put the Nvidia card back in - at least that way I could use
both monitors.

Now with the long weekend I'm ready to try again - but I have no idea
how to proceed. Any suggestions would be most appreciated. In any
case, thanks for taking the time to read this. - Jeff

System: P4 3.0 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Asus P4C800 board (Intel 875 Chipset),
Windows XP Pro Corp SP1, ATI AIW 9800 128 MB 8x AGP and ATI 7500 64 MB
PCI.
 
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Spencer

Hi,
Correct me if I'm wrong but I did not think you could have two Video cards
running at the same time!!!!

AGP or PCI or Mixed!

Spence
 
K

Kent_Diego

Hi,
Correct me if I'm wrong but I did not think you could have two Video cards
running at the same time!!!!

AGP or PCI or Mixed!

Spence
If you want three monitors, this is the way to. Two monitors on the Radeon
then get cheap or free old PCI video card for third monitor.
 
K

Kent_Diego

I just read that the 7500 is a dual head video card too! That means, if you
get them both working, that you can have four monitors. I have heard of
three monitors, but not 4. Let me know how that works for you. As I recall,
Quake had a feature where you could set main monitor for normal view and set
other monitors for left and right view. It would be cool to have monitor
behind you for rear view too.

-Kent
 
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Inglo

I just read that the 7500 is a dual head video card too! That means, if you
get them both working, that you can have four monitors. I have heard of
three monitors, but not 4. Let me know how that works for you. As I recall,
Quake had a feature where you could set main monitor for normal view and set
other monitors for left and right view. It would be cool to have monitor
behind you for rear view too.

-Kent
How about an LCD surround-O-dome monitor that lowers for gaming from its
recessed storage space in the ceiling?
 
D

Darthy

Hi,
Correct me if I'm wrong but I did not think you could have two Video cards
running at the same time!!!!

AGP or PCI or Mixed!

Uh... yeah you can... Windows 98~XP support up to 9 displays at the
same time (3-5 video cards required).

Look at this: http://ap.terrabox.com/rpc/fx - 4 monitors, 2 video
systems.


But something went wrong with this poster... ;(

I haven't a clue... ATI should have proper support for 2-5 video cards
within one system... not a problem with Nvidia.
 
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Spencer

fine. i'm wrong

Spence
Andrew said:
You are wrong.
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Help make Usenet a better place: English is read downwards,
please don't top post. Trim messages to quote only relevent text.
Check groups.google.com before asking a question.
 
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