Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Mixing it up Geforce GTX 260 and a Geforce FX 5500

21 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit version 6.1 build 7600
Mixing it up Geforce GTX 260 and a Geforce FX 5500

I recently bought a PCI (no e) graphics card the fx 5500, desiring a third monitor. I was told that i did not need SLI or Xfire as i did not intend to use both cards for games, i just wish for more display space while programming.

Unfortunately, the FX5500 only works whilst the gtx260 is unplugged from the power, otherwise the system with the displays connected to the gtx260 with some basic driver, even if the gtx260 is disabled and the fx5500 is working properly.

If both the cards are 'installed' in device manager at any one time, the last one to be installed will say that it has problems error code 43.

Any advice on how to get a third monitor up?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Either get an ATI card or if it has to be Nvidia, something from the 6200 and up. The problem is that while your are attempting to use 2 Nvidia cards they are using different drivers.

The FX 5xxx series doesn't have a Windows 7 driver (WDDM 1.1) and has to rely on the last Vista driver (a beta WDDM 1.0), and it basically cancels out the driver for the 260. The only way to use 2 non WDDM 1.1 cards is if they are a different manufacturer; ATI-Nvidia, Nvidia-ATI, etc. Same thing will happen with ATI cards if you try and run anything from the X19xx series and down with anything from the HD 2xxx and up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Sep 2010   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit version 6.1 build 7600

Thank you for your swift response. That sounds exactly like what was going wrong, as every time i would update the driver for one card, the other card would stop working. I am now returning the pci nvidia card to amazon and have purchased an ati one. I did test your theory first by trying out my GFs ati card with the 5500fx and that worked, but i dont want to use that ati card in pci x 16 slot as it was realy crap and would mean not using my gtx260.

An ATI Radeon 9250 PCI with a Geforce gtx260 combo should work.

My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Mixing it up Geforce GTX 260 and a Geforce FX 5500

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Nvidia Geforce FX 5500 Problem : Nv4_disp.dll
Hi This is my System Information : Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz Memory (RAM) 1.00 GB Gaming graphics 256 MB Primary hard disk 5.4TB Free (7TB Total) Windows 7 Ultimate
Graphic Cards
Nvidia GeForce FX 5500 only showing 126.5mb of Vram?
Hello, I have windows 7 installed on my pc with the video card as said above^ However I hear you have to have 128mb of vram for windows 7 aero, and the card has that but only 126.5 is in use? Please I've spent several weeks trying to get this card to work with aero... What can I do to...
Graphic Cards
GeForce 5500 FX 128mb Driver Windows 7
I cant find one. I need one, BADLY. Help? PS. Dont tell me to use the vista one. Installation does not allow it.
nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 & Windows 7 Pro
I am using nVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 256 MB RAM on my home PC. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate RC and everything worked smoothly including Aero to the highest quality where drivers were from Windows Update. Now, I got licensed Windows 7 Professional. When I update the driver from Windows Update...
BSOD Help and Support
Solution for GeForce FX 5500 with Win7
DELL 2007FWP & GeForce FX 5500 with Windows 7 01/01/10 Well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has been a quest! I don't know how long this will last, but after 2 days of struggle I finally have my monitor's native resolution of 1680 x 1050 back. Turn's out (of course) that my display...
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 16:09.
Twitter Facebook Google+