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Windows 7: Use 2nd sli pci-e slot for other type card conflicts with win7?

04 Aug 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Use 2nd sli pci-e slot for other type card conflicts with win7?

Trying to use the x8 slot on M2N-SLI for Asus U3S6 (USB 3.0 and SATA 600).
It works fine with a 2 monitor setup under XP, but not under win 7.
My guess/deduction is that Windows 7 tries to determine what monitor(s) are attached to the U3S6. When booting Windows 7, the monitor will show bios, the U3S6 is recognized, but the login screen will fail to appear. If I attach the second monitor, the login screen will appear on that monitor and the first (primary) will stop working, and can't be revivied during the session using either NVidia control panel or windows screen resolution.
I can still use two monitors on Windows 7 by effectively disabling the U3S6 in bios, selecting for SLI config: single graphics card.
Under XP I can use the combination of dual monitor and effective USB3 (HD rates > 100 MB/s). Under Windows 7 I have to choose between dual monitor and USB3 (SATA 600 not yet in use).
Thanks for any ideas / help / comments.

CPU: AMD phenom II X4 945
GPU: NVidia 275 GTX
win 7 64 ultimate

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04 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Not sure what that's about but you should certainly be able to use other cards in those slots and Windows will pick it up if a driver is supplied.

As you see in my system I have a Creative X-FI soundcard plugged into the PCIE slot at the bottom. I have an Intel board. Maybe AMD boards work differently? Don't think so, but....

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Anyway you need to read the owner's manual for your motherboard to see what it says about using those slots.


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04 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
Not sure what that's about but you should certainly be able to use other cards in those slots and Windows will pick it up if a driver is supplied.

As you see in my system I have a Creative X-FI soundcard plugged into the PCIE slot at the bottom. I have an Intel board. Maybe AMD boards work differently? Don't think so, but....

Anyway you need to read the owner's manual for your motherboard to see what it says about using those slots.
Thanks for the advice.
1) the system does recognize the card and has a driver for both Marvel 91xx SATA 6G controller and for USB (see attached devices.png)
2) The mobo manual list "Other PCIe devices (X8, x4, x1)" under non-SLI mode
3) The problem is that I cannot use my second monitor in this configuration (i.e. under Windows 7 64 ultimate SP1; the same setup will work under XP 32bits)
4) have to admit that my old mobo is not on the U3S6 compatiblity list (see e.g. Asus U3S6 USB3.0 weird quirks - Other-Components - CPU-Components however, it evidently is compatible enough to work...
So, I'm not prepared to give up yet and still believe it is a Windows 7/driver issue. I don't suspect the nvidia driver terribly, since a similar driver will work under xp. But I did post on Nvidia as well, no luck so far.


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04 Aug 2011   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by janhec View Post
3) The problem is that I cannot use my second monitor in this configuration (i.e. under Windows 7 64 ultimate SP1; the same setup will work under XP 32bits)
Sorry but I'm still a little confused here. You'll have to provide a little more information on the setup that allowed dual monitor under XP, but not under 7.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by janhec View Post
So, I'm not prepared to give up yet and still believe it is a Windows 7/driver issue. I don't suspect the nvidia driver terribly, since a similar driver will work under xp. But I did post on Nvidia as well, no luck so far.
Windows 7 is not XP. And XP drivers won't work under a Windows 7 OS.
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04 Aug 2011   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Very Confusing indeed.

OP says: "Trying to use the x8 slot on M2N-SLI for Asus U3S6 (USB 3.0 and SATA 600)."
The U3S6 is a PCI-e add on card to add 2 USB ports that run at USB 3.0 Speeds.
ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS U3S6
Does he have a monitor plugged into the U3S6 by USB connection?

It sounds like he has a single GTX275 installed. The 275 has 2 DVI connections.
GeForce GTX 275
I have to assume that he has 2 monitors plugged into the 2 connections on the Video card. Is this correct?

janhec: you definitely need to acurately describe how you have everything connected in order for anyone to make sense of your issue.
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04 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Thanks. Glad to know I'm not the only one confused. Hopefully the OP can clear things up.
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05 Aug 2011   #7

Windows 7 64b Ultimate
 
 

I'm not so sure,... The OP might just mean that he has a USB to VGA conversion cable, and with the right drivers this could work. Seen it before and mayor brands like Intel have promoted this in the past as a ways to add an external monitor to a LT with only free USB ports.

OP: since we're guessing here because of incomplete info, could you please describe the setup in more detail? Do you use a USB to VGA (or hdmi) conversion cable? If so, what softwaredrivers have you used to push USB to graphics output?
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05 Aug 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Please, please fill in your System Specs to help us. It seems you have one GTX275 in the PCIe x8 slot? Try using the x16 slot.
Are you working with two computers?
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07 Aug 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hey guys,
The monitors are both connected to the GTX 275. I hope suggestions like I would connect a monitor to USB 3 are not serious. One is connected through a DVI-VGA adaptor (you know, DVI has both analogue and digital in the spec). This does not matter in my view.
So
Mobo: M2N-SLI
CPU: AMD phenom II X4 945
GPU: Nvidia GTX 275 with two monitors attached
Monitors: Samsung 2443BW and 204B
Memory: 4 GB DDR2
OS: Win 7 64 ultimate SP1
HD's 3 disks on SATA 300, 2 in RAID 0 and a single disk, nothing on SATA 600 of U3S6.
U3S6: USB 3.0 is used for connecting Samsung 2TB hd (has USB 3.0 interface).
Audio: SB audigy

There are no errors shown in device manager.
It looks as if under win 7 the recognition of the main monitor is blocked by the U3S6. Bios etc. is shown on the monitor, but the login screen is not. If the U3S6 is disabled, the monitors function correctly.
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07 Aug 2011   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Sounds like an IRQ conflict or something similar.

You could try this: Uninstall the U3S6 from Device Manager, shut down, remove it from the computer. Then reboot and go into Windows. Check that the monitors are working and everything is cool in Device Manager.

Then shut down and install the U3S6 in a different x4 slot if you have one (or a x8 or x16). Restart Windows, install the driver, and test.

The reason for this is that some cards attempt to use certain system resources depending on where in the PCI bus they are installed on some systems. There are of course ways to change the IRQs and resources from the BIOS or even the OS, but this test will tell you if this is the cause or if it is something more to do with the card itself or it's driver.
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