nVidia bummer

So I connected the 32″ HDTV on the PC. Apparently the graphics card can only do two monitors at the time, even if there are 3 connectors on the card. So I have to choose profiles all the time between my two DVI monitors or the primary DVI and the HDTV. When the HDTV is on, the second monitor goes OFF.

I don’t know if this is a limitation of nVidia’s hardware or the OEM who designed the card went cheap on this and didn’t include the extra hardware required to have all 3 monitors work at the same time (JBQ thinks is the latter). I know that under some circumstances ATi can do 3 monitors at a time (two PC and one TV connections), but for nVidia the best option I have heard is to get a GeForce 6200 PCI card and use it as a second graphics card. Good and somewhat inexpensive work around, but I am out of any PCI and PCI-e slots (one goes to my USB card and one to my Audigy HD sound card).

Kinda sucks to be hitting limitations like this one. I mean, come on, that was a $200 graphics card.

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l3v1 wrote on July 27th, 2007 at 8:30 AM PST:

With each nvidia card I had (I always had nvidia cards) which came with dual monitor and tvout it was never possible to drive all 3 outputs simultaneously, only two of them, it just can’t do more. I guess twinview and dualview really mean something :) Multiple cards or Matrox is the nice way to go.


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Eugenia wrote on July 27th, 2007 at 8:36 AM PST:

From what I’ve heard, ATi can do 3 monitors at the same time.


Anarchy wrote on July 31st, 2007 at 3:00 AM PST:

It was 200$ but even the fastest 600$ gaming card wont get you more than 2 simultaneous outputs.

All standard nVidia & ATI cards have 2 RAMDACs -> 2 outputs, for 3 outputs you’ll need another RAMDAC so the only Product that has 3 is the Matrox Parhelia (which is a professional solution and not meant to be used in home PCs).

So you’ll have to keep switching via software or buy another cheap card.
But there are also some freaky cards with two GPUs soldered on em that have 4 outputs …


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