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Dual Gfx card, dual monitor, video spanning?

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by randomperson21, Nov 1, 2006.

  1. randomperson21

    randomperson21 New Member

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    Hallo all,

    I have a bit of a complicated question, but i'll try to explain it the best i can.

    I run a set of largescreen digital displays at my school for daily announcementes and the like. One of these displays is a dual-monitor setup, running off a single nvidia 5200. So far, the fx5200 has been working like a charm for the basic text stuff we put up there. But we want to start doing more video stuff, especially widescreen videos that span both monitors. Unfortunately, the fx5200, like most graphics cards, cannot support hardware accelerated video across dual monitors.

    So my question is this: the computer that is running the displays also has an intel integrated gma900 gfx card in it, enabled, and can power a third display independently of the dual display fx5200. If i told the computer to span a video across two displays, one running on the fx5200 and the other off the gma900, would it work (i.e. video would display on both monitors, instead of one being black..)?

    Sorry if its a bit confusing. I'll try to clarify if you have any questions

    Thanks~!
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    I tried the same thing with a fx5500 and idk what onboard intel gpu was, but the result was negative for me...i had a hard enough time getting the 5500 to work even with the onboard gpu diabled...but when i finally got the 5500 working i enabled the onboard gpu and both screens went black...took me a reformat to get things working again...

    end result for me was this tho, i was able to use both the 5500 and the onboard gfx but i couldnt sync them for spanning or widescreen..they would just both display the same thing and not all the time...some games and programs would cause the system to freeze forcing a reboot...im sure me getting both gfx devices to work at the same time was just luck...i dont think its ment to be..

    this prob. doesnt help you all together, but i would think that it cant be done like you want because the 2 totally diff. gpu's needing to sync up together to work proper...im sure the actually physics behind this is know to someone and they will reply for ya...

    hope this helped a little...this is like my 2nd post here...:eek:
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    looks like a bit more trouble then its worth. Anybody else have any suggestions?

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