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3rd monitor?
show user profile  parkerfamily
so since my computer has a 5970 in it, which in numerous tech videos runs 6 or 8 monitors, i figured adding a third would be nice. so i have on my desk right now 3 monitors, 2 are old 19" 1280x1024's and one is a relatively new 25.5 inch 1920x1080 (other resolutions, including 1360x1024 available)

now, i can disable any one of these 3 monitors in the screen resolution rollout of windows, or through the catalyst control center. this makes the third, previously disabled one turn back on. it doesn't care which two i use. if i try to set the third to also extend the desktop, i recieve "unable to save display settings" when i click apply, and it says "you must select apply before making additional changes" therefore changing screen resolution and orientation are blocked. i can change them when my chosen screen is enabled though, they don't help.

skip here for TL:DR

my question is, what's stopping it from running all 3 at once? i have two plugged straight to DVI, and one mini display to dvi, and the other end of the dvi cable is HDMI (that's the new 25.5 inch one, it doesn't have dvi input, only D-sub and hdmi)

all these formats are fully capable of resolutions above what i'm doing. i'm considering booting off an ubuntu disk and trying to run all 3, just to rule out hardware drivers?
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6/30/2010 7:32:27 AM (last edit: 6/30/2010 7:33:24 AM)
show user profile  graphix72
Well, I don't know what's stopping all 3 monitors from running simultaneously, but the obvious solution is to send the 25.5 inch monitor to me, since I only have one. Then you'll have two 19" monitors and things will look more balanced. You know how they say, "Two's company, three's a crowd!"

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6/30/2010 9:22:32 AM (last edit: 6/30/2010 9:22:32 AM)
show user profile  Bolteon
i'm curious about this 3 monitor setup aswell...

i'm thinking of shifting over to a 30" display in the center and two 24" (which i have already) in portrait mode on each side. (this makes for imho the best setup to do what we do, menus/setttings, IM, etc on one screen... pretty pictures on the 30" and internet in a beautiful uncluttered setup on the other monitor)

always figured i would need two video cards... maybe not?

-Marko Mandaric

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6/30/2010 9:38:30 AM (last edit: 6/30/2010 9:38:30 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
after being addicted to a dualscreen setup for some time now i really want a third one for the same reasons bolts is describing
i have 2 24 inch dells and a 27inch dell middle screen
i don't agree with the portrait mode because of ae timelines and the like, wider is better

i figured you can only connect 2 screens per card and the hdmi out can just send a clone screen to a large screen or something..
still pondering...

parky, heres what i found on the ati specs
ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology2,3
Three independent display controllers
Drive three displays simultaneously with independent resolutions, refresh rates, color controls, and video overlays
Display grouping
Combine multiple displays to behave like a single large display

To enable a third display you require one panel with a DisplayPort connector or an active DisplayPort adapter
ATI Eyefinity technology works with games that support non-standard aspect ratios which is required for panning across three displays

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6/30/2010 11:57:27 AM (last edit: 6/30/2010 12:00:36 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
yeh that's what it claims to do... i'm looking about for some tutorials on how to set this up...

i've found this one:
which is my exact card, running 3 26 inch screens.

eyefinity doesn't seem to care about screen size though, i'm running an eyefinity control group over the left 19" and the 25 as i type this.... bizarre. it's got to be a windows thing. mmm, and 1360 by 1024 SUCKS for a 1080P widescreen, it looks all kinds of fuzzy.

actually, now it's gone down to like youtube res while i update my catalyst control center. ick

just finished updating my drivers, still won't work. it says one must be disabled to extend/duplicate the already disabled one. how annoying...
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6/30/2010 5:44:05 PM (last edit: 6/30/2010 5:56:43 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
found the problem, those active displayport adaptors soontekk mentioned are REQUIRED for this to work. without them the graphics card is unable to sync the displays so it blocks out a third one entirely. this seems foolish to me, but hey, 100 bucks extra to get triple monitor epicness working, alright.

and with one of these and a 5970 (or i believe not one of these and a 5870, but those things have some difficulty running as nice screens as bolts is talking about tripled, 10 to 50 fps on COD4 with 3 26 inches) you can run a 3 screen setup off a single card.
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7/1/2010 8:25:28 PM (last edit: 7/1/2010 8:30:12 PM)
show user profile  Joey Parker Jr.
Now you just need a third eye to look at it with. :)
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7/1/2010 8:36:40 PM (last edit: 7/1/2010 8:36:40 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
and a bigger desk... everything but mouse, keyboard and monitors have to go on my other smaller desk now =P
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7/1/2010 8:42:08 PM (last edit: 7/1/2010 8:42:44 PM)
show user profile  JonathanH
"i don't agree with the portrait mode because of ae timelines and the like, wider is better"

That may seem the case but I often find I want more vertical space than horizontal because of the sheer number of layers I often end up with! I've scoffed at the idea of portrait mode in the past but I think if I had three monitors at least one of them would be.

Also you're forgeting that Bolts uses Nuke, not AE!

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7/1/2010 10:32:49 PM (last edit: 7/1/2010 10:32:49 PM)
show user profile  Poopsmith
I'm following this thread with great interest. What I'd like to do, with an Nvidia card, is to have two monitors running, and then optionally swap one monitor to a TV without plugging/unplugging. Now, if I could just enable the monitor and have all 3 that would be even better, but I'd be willing to swap if I had too.
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7/1/2010 10:52:57 PM (last edit: 7/1/2010 10:52:57 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
well that should be perfectly easy. just connect all 3 by however you like, and then in the screen resolution rollout of control panel, set whichever your giving up to disconnected and then enable whichever one you want to turn on. or maybe buy one of those active adaptor dongles i got and run all 3? mines coming tomorrow, since apparently they're quite hard to find.

edit: got my adaptor. triple screen is AMAZING
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7/1/2010 11:37:29 PM (last edit: 7/3/2010 5:59:53 AM)
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