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Old 02-17-2005, 07:40 PM   #1
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Question Dual Display Recomendations


I recently purchased a new 17" LCD monitor to go with my 17" CRT, and am now in the market for a video card that will allow me to use an extended desktop on it. My budget isn't that large, probably in the area of $200 US, but what recomendations does the comunity have for a decent video card that will give me the support I need? I may use it for playing games in the future, but it is unlikely that it will be anything extensive.
 
Old 02-17-2005, 10:39 PM   #2
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I've got the Asus V9570 Geforce FX 5700 dual-head card. It has 1 vga out (for your crt) and one dvi out (for your lcd). Also, a dvi -> vga adapter if you want 2 crts.

Card works awsome with nVidia twinview. It gives me a 2560x1024 desktop (2 x 1280x1024) which allows me to drag windows between the two monitors.

Card cost me $250CA so it is prob ~$200US

Edit: I see you're from Canada, here's a link to the NCIX.com page for this card:
http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...nufacture=ASUS

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Old 02-18-2005, 01:33 AM   #3
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For about that price you can get a xfx 6600gt, i paid around 250 canadian, work nice with nvidia latest driver in mdk10.1. It has 2 DVI plug and 1 DVI to analog adapter to use with your crt. I am using it for 2 CRT ( a 21 inch and a 17 inch).

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Old 02-18-2005, 08:55 AM   #4
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Both of those cards look to be quite good, with the 6600gt getting the performance and the fx5700 getting the price. With the current state of linux gaming I'm tempted to go for the fx5700, particularly since whenever I happen to boot into windows my current fx5200 (single head) is capable of delivering acceptable performance in any games I choose to play there. Thanks for the help, now I just have to wait for pay day
 
Old 03-01-2005, 05:25 PM   #5
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6600gt

Davno,

You have a XFX 6600GT running twinview and 6629 nvidia drivers?
I am having real problems. 1 of 2 thing either happens

1. Screens just goes blank (like DPMS off was called) and computer hardlocks, can't ssh into it, etc.2
2. Standard hardlock, sound stops playing, etc. <= this usually happens when playing games.

Are you using Sideband Addressing or FastWrites?

I have a AMD chipset (AMD MP board) with 4x AGP max. Whats your chipset?

I have monitored cooling, that seems fine, etc. I tried disabling SBA and fastwrites, no luck.
I tried multiple kernels >= 2.6.10

I have a geforce6800 also. That works flawlessly and has for the past 4 or 5 months.

/var/log/messages gets this right before the hardlock (freeze):
Feb 8 07:27:23 jedi NVRM: Xid: 23, L1 -> L0
Feb 8 07:27:23 jedi NVRM: Xid: 6, PE0000 0410 003e769d 0000fde0 00c4b1ab 00cab7b0
 
Old 03-23-2005, 10:31 AM   #6
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Could I see your config file?

Hi Bulliver,

I sure would love to see your config file. Is it XF86Config? I've been trying everything to get a similar setup working. Maybe if I could see your config, it would light up a lightbulb for me.

Thanks,
Mike


bulliver wrote:
>>I've got the Asus V9570 Geforce FX 5700 dual-head card. It has 1 vga out (for your crt) and one dvi out (for >>your lcd). Also, a dvi -> vga adapter if you want 2 crts.

>>Card works awsome with nVidia twinview. It gives me a 2560x1024 desktop (2 x 1280x1024) which allows >>me to drag windows between the two monitors.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 12:04 PM   #7
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Hi Utah,

It is xorg.conf, you can see it here:
http://badcomputer.org/linux/xorg.conf

It will only work if your card supports twin-view, as I am not using xinerama.
 
Old 03-23-2005, 12:51 PM   #8
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Thanks Bulliver. That looks basically like what I tried to get TwinView working.

When X starts, the nVidia screen shows up just the lower left portion like it knows there is another monitor to the right and some windows end up off the screen (CRT) to the right but the LCD never gets a signal.

I've been reading that I may have the wrong type of DVI cable but I think I'm ok since my card (nVidia GeForce2 MX400) says it's DVI is DVI-I (the universal one) and my LCD has a DVI-D. The only question there is the cable that came with the LCD is a DVI-D Single Link cable (missing the block of pins in the middle) and I'm wondering if the card can't detect the LCD. ???

Any ideas about that?

Thanks again,

Mike
 
Old 03-23-2005, 01:01 PM   #9
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Utah: Sorry I don't know what to tell you. I am using 2 identical CRTs so I really don't know much about DVI cables etc...

To tell the truth I just followed the nVidia readme about twin-view setup, tried it, and it worked just fine the first try ...so I haven't fiddled with it since.

Did you try getting each monitor to work separately? Might rule out a faulty cable anyway (or confirm it...)
 
  


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