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Windows 7: triple monitor with a GeForce GTS 250

25 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
triple monitor with a GeForce GTS 250

so I bought a new computer recently that came stock with a GTS 250 videocard, and was looking to add another video card for triple monitor display. my only options for expansion are PCI and PCIe x1. what videocards are compatible/would work with this setup?


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25 Sep 2010   #2

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 

Envida FX 5200 will work with the latest vista driver. It's a PCI DX9. $39 Newegg. I just got it going with Win 7 Pro 32 Bit.
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26 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RiverCamp View Post
Envida FX 5200 will work with the latest vista driver. It's a PCI DX9. $39 Newegg. I just got it going with Win 7 Pro 32 Bit.
As said, you need a PCI slot card. Try here: Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,Video Cards & Video Devices,Desktop Graphics / Video Cards,PCI

~Lordbob
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26 Sep 2010   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Ok, so I've got an FX 5200, but I can't seem to get it to work properly. Whenever I start up my computer, the graphics card shows up in device manager, but it says that it cannot start.
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26 Sep 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Can't use an FX5200 with a GTS250. The two cards use two different drivers, which you can't mix and match.

The lowest you could go is a 6 series Nvidia card, so if you could get hold of a Geforce 6200 PCI card, that *should* work, or get an ATI card as a secondary card.
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26 Sep 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Why would using an ATI as a second card work? I thought you couldn't mix drivers?
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26 Sep 2010   #7

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

The FX5200 doesn't have a Windows 7 driver with WDDM 1.1, so it can't work alongside the Nvidia driver you already have installed for your GTS250.
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26 Sep 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

So would it be more effective to get an ATI card, or an nVidia one from the same driver set?
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27 Sep 2010   #9

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Well it's up to you and whichever you can find. I'm not sure off the top of my head which cards in the 6 series and up are PCI. Looking on Newegg a PCI 6200 is like $80
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27 Sep 2010   #10
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Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Newegg.com - SPARKLE SFPC84GS256U2LP GeForce 8400 GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI HDCP Ready Video Card

About the cheapest and easiest solution, and uses the same WDDM 1.1 driver as ther GTS 250.
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