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Old 04-23-2011, 02:55 AM   #1
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dual GPU video card switches DVI ports during boot up sequence

I have an image generator (IG) running 64-bit Ubuntu Linux, GNOME & the SAGE application all running through an NVIDIA Quadra FX4500-X2 (dual GPU). Had to install a new FX4700-X2 (and the latest drivers) because 4500's are unavailable. The computer works fine except but I cannot watch the whole boot up sequence on the same DVI port anymore.

On the 4500, all video came out the lower DVI port of the GPU with the PCI-X connector (let's call that the "a" GPU). But on the 4700 card, the screens you see during boot are divvied up between the lower DVI port of each GPU. The POST screen through Ubuntu splash screen comes out the "b" GPU while the "a" GPU is blank. The SAGE Initialization page and SAGE Desktop comes out the "a" GPU while the "b" GPU is blank.

I logged in as root and looked for a GNOME menu allowing me to force all video through the same GPU & DVI port, but couldn't find anything remotely close. Any suggestions on where I can look?

Technically this IG is working, but I want to fix this to avoid future wild goose chases. The system uses 52 of these IG's.
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Su to root, then run nvidia-settings. A dialog screen comes up. Click on "X server display configuration". You may be able to set the behavior of your nvidia card to your liking there.
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I looked at that but didn't see any setting suggesting it would help.


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