GerryHigh
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Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

I have a Studio 540 with the ATI Radeon HD 3450 video card in the PCI Express X16 slot.  I am trying to add a second video card to the PCI slot (an ATI X1050 video card).  However, it apears that the BIOS is not seeing the second video card as long as the video card is in the X16 slot.  If I remove the Radeon HD 3450 from the X16 slot it will boot with the x1050 card in the PCI slot.

Has anyone tried this?  I have this working video card combination working in a Dell Vostro 200 so I know it should work.  However, i am wondering fi there is a reason it is not working on the Studio 540.

Thanks,
Gerry

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selsom
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

you must diable your vedio card first. right click on my computer, click on manage, then click on device manager, then click on display adapters, right click on your viedo  and disable. a box will come up click ok then restart your computer.. if your new card is i place turn off your computer and remove your new card restart, then do the above. after you have deleated the drivers for your new card., reinstall your card and follow the steps in your instalation book. this how i instalied my card. i had the same problem

good luck,

bob

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GerryHigh
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

Bob,

Thanks for the reply.  Can you confirm that you have 2 video cards in your system, one PCI and one PCI Express X16?  That is what I'm trying to do but it sure seems like it is not seeing the second video card.

I can try this later today but I am not optimistic that it will solve anything.  I created a new partition and installed a new OS and it had the same issues.  Also, when booting the machine I expect to see that all 3 monitors have the same boot display screen displayed on each monitor.  However, nothing is showing on the monitors hooked to the video card in the PCI slot.

Again, I am thinking this is perhaps a bios issue.  I don't see anywhere in the bios to disable the onboard video.  Perhaps they detect the video card and auto-disable one of them?

Thanks,
Gerry

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GerryHigh
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

Nobody else trying 2 video cards on t his machine?  I think they dumbed down the bios and it will not work.

 

Gerry

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GerryHigh
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

FYI for anyone else considering buying this machine--I talked to Dell support yesterday and they confirmed that the machine will not work with 2 video cards.  It appears it is a bios issue as the bios is dumbed down and doesn't let you specify which video card gets priority, etc.

So a word of warning in case you were thinking of this machine--I was going to use it with 3 monitors but now cannot.  Another thing is that now that Dell is charging a 15% restocking fee you can't just return the machine unless something is "wrong" with the machine.  In their opinion there was nothing wrong with the machine even though you can't really use the PCI slot (at least not with a video card in it if there is another video card in the X16 slot).

Gerry

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tchrist007
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

Gerry,

Unfortunately this isn't an answer to your specific question but your post caught my attention.

I have a Vostro 200 running XP and I currently have an ASUS EAH3450 in the PCI express x16 slot running 2 monitors.  Can I add another card to the PCI slot so I can run 4 monitors?  It looks like you did this by adding the x1050 card.  What exact card (make/model) did you add?  Can you mix ATI with AGP?  Do I have to cahnge out the Power Supply?

Sorry about all the questions but I'm really not that technical on how to accomplish the 4 monitor setup and have had a heck of atime trying to figure this out without bying a new sytem.  I am going to use it for stock trading.  Any advice and guidance you can provide will be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Tim

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GerryHigh
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

Tim,

 I bought this card (http://www.visiontek.com/products/cards/retail/x1050_PCIe.html) only it was the PCI version.  I'm not sure what you mean by mixing ATI with AGP.  You have an card that uses an ATI driver (Catalyst).  AGP was an only style bus option before PCI express.

Essentially just buy any PCI card that uses an ATI chipset and you'll be fine--you want to only have to install the catalyst drivers (e.g. don't buy Nvidia).  Here are a bunch:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2000380048%201069609642%201305520549&nam...

Gerry

 

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tchrist007
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

Gerry,

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.  The x1050 card you bought had to be low profile...Right?  I see that some of those on the link may not necessarily fit in the case.  As you stated, I should try and buy one of those on the linked site but I'm sure it has to be low profile like my EAH3450 card.  I just wanted to try and emulate what you had since it worked for you.

Thanks again,

Tim

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GerryHigh
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

Tim,

No need for it to be low profile.

Gerry

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tchrist007
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Re: Dual Video Cards in Studio 540

Gerry,

I have a slim tower therefore I would need a low profile.  I didn't make it clear earlier which 200 I had.  Sorry...

I have been searching and searching for one that will fit my PCI slot.  As I stated earlier, I currently have an ASUS EAH3450 in the PCIe x16 slot which works great.  If I could only find another dual output card that fits the PCI slot so I could have 4 monitors would be great.  I will keep searching.

Thanks again,

Tim

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