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Dual Video Cards - PowerEdge 2900...

Dell PowerEdge 2900 (20 days old)
Dual Quad Core Processors
4 Gigs Ram
Windows 2003 Enterprise Server R2
 
I need to know if anyone knows a way for me to run 2 video cards in a new Dell PowerEdge 2900? I can install them (2 identical ATI 9250) fine. After I install the driver the server locks up when the Windows system is loading. I can remove one card or the other and Windows comes up fine. If I leave both Cards in I get a CPU Error E1410 and it just halts while loading. That's it. Hard kill and nothing works.
 
Things I have tried:
- Using an NVidia 6800 on a PCIe Slot - No driver support for Windows 2003 Enterprise Server which is odd as I have another Enterprise Server (Win2K3) running two 6800's just fine.
- Installing 1 9250 at a time. (Install card 1, reboot. Install card 2, reboot.)
- Removing all drivers and installing both cards at the same time.
- I have gone in and moved the IRQ's around for the SATA, USBHCI, NIC, PCI devices but no joy there. There is no evidence of an IRQ conflict.
 
Issues Worthy of Note:
Technically there is no PCIe support on the motherboard. If you want to run PCIe you have to order an adapter (which I did) couldn't get it to load the drivers for the 6800 and it just wouldn't load the ATI 1600 at all.

I think I'm completely and this box will not work for me. I'm a developer that writes very high-end software and really needed the Power and expansion this hardware offered. If anyone can help me get two video cards working able to support 3 monitors then I'm good as gold and forever in your debt. If nobody can help I'm and have to return the server (or start the process by tomorrow). I would even buy 2 different video cards that someone knew worked.
 
Thanks,
 
Rex Winn
 
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The forementioned X1600 videocard can probably run that resolution.

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Rex -

 

I want to do the same thing you did with the video, though I am hoping for a more modern card to put in the PCI-e slots.  If you were doing this today, what would you do?  I want (2) wide screen monitors.

 

I also want to put in a 2nd DVD burner and an IDE removable hard drive tray.  That would be (3) ide devices, if I am doing the math right.  I'd guess that the DVD's are going to work and I'll have to put in a pci ata/133 card to run the hard trive tray...  Am I right?

 

Are the 3 5 1/4 openings capable of actually holding 2 DVD's and the removable tray (same size as a cd rom)

 

The removable tray would be for temporary IDE drives that I'm tryin to pull data off of.  Often these drives are bad and the usb enclosures don't move data fast enough.

 

For sound, I'd assume my creative extigy usb extrnal would do the trick?  It's just sitting in a corner anyway...

 

Any guidance you might give would be appreciated!

 

John

 

 

 

 

Message Edited by incognito_user on 02-27-2008 09:22 PM
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Rex,

 

What ports do you have the cards installed in? I'm having trouble getting two FireMV 2250's to work, but I can get one to work just fine.

 

Thanks in advanced. 

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I often wonder why people want to perpetuate the myth that you can't use a server as a workstation.  They're basically the same hardware, but servers are often more robust and built to last through years of constant use.  The main differences are servers often have redundant hardware such as power supplies.They also usually use error correcting hardware such as memory.  The main drawback I've run into is that servers generally come with low end stock processors,memory and video adapters.  Once upgraded to high end hardware a server is just as capable of being used as a high end workstation as any PC.  Trying to use a PC as a server can often be problematic, if the server is to be used for high loads, but for a home server a desktop computer is fine for use as a server. 

USING A SERVER AS A HIGH END WORKSTATION IS PERFECTLY FINE AND ESSENTIALLY THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE...

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