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Windows 7: How to use three monitors with Radeon 5570?

17 Dec 2010   #11
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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That would be great if you could post up some screen shots so i know what to do.
So it would make the computer think its just one large display
Is that display port adaptor an 'active' or 'passive' adaptor?

Eyefinity needs an 'active' adaptor to create a group.
This might be a stupid question but what makes the adapter and active or passive?

Also Its not really an adapter. Its a cord with a dvi port on one end and dp on the other. The actual adapter that i have quit working all together for some reason.


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18 Dec 2010   #12
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

An active display port adapter is powered while a passive one is not. This is the one I have: Amazon.com: Accell UltraAV B087B-002B DisplayPort/DVI-D Dual-Link Adapter (Black): Electronics

For Eyefinity:
1. Open Catalyst Control Center. Click the box Desktop Management, then click Creating and Arranging Desktops.



2. Decide which monitor you will have as your primary monitor and for the remaining two monitors, you will click the triangle in the upper right corner of the diplays, then you will disable them.



3. For the primary monitor, in the main space, click the triangle in the upper right corner and select Create Group... (disregard what the picture states, I made a mistake. Select Create Group)



4. Select the group you want. (3 x 1 is a group three wide by one high)



Follow the prompts to complete the creation of the grouping.
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18 Dec 2010   #13
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Austin8868 View Post
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Austin8868 View Post
That would be great if you could post up some screen shots so i know what to do.
So it would make the computer think its just one large display
Is that display port adaptor an 'active' or 'passive' adaptor?

Eyefinity needs an 'active' adaptor to create a group.
This might be a stupid question but what makes the adapter and active or passive?

Also Its not really an adapter. Its a cord with a dvi port on one end and dp on the other. The actual adapter that i have quit working all together for some reason.
Did the cord work for you previously?
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18 Dec 2010   #14
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Austin8868 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post

Is that display port adaptor an 'active' or 'passive' adaptor?

Eyefinity needs an 'active' adaptor to create a group.
This might be a stupid question but what makes the adapter and active or passive?

Also Its not really an adapter. Its a cord with a dvi port on one end and dp on the other. The actual adapter that i have quit working all together for some reason.
Did the cord work for you previously?
No i didn't have it. I bought it after the adapter broke.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
An active display port adapter is powered while a passive one is not. This is the one I have: Amazon.com: Accell UltraAV B087B-002B DisplayPort/DVI-D Dual-Link Adapter (Black): Electronics

For Eyefinity:
1. Open Catalyst Control Center. Click the box Desktop Management, then click Creating and Arranging Desktops.



2. Decide which monitor you will have as your primary monitor and for the remaining two monitors, you will click the triangle in the upper right corner of the diplays, then you will disable them.



3. For the primary monitor, in the main space, click the triangle in the upper right corner and select Create Group... (disregard what the picture states, I made a mistake. Select Create Group)



4. Select the group you want. (3 x 1 is a group three wide by one high)



Follow the prompts to complete the creation of the grouping.
Thanks man! One small problem though. Only two displays show up when i try to create the group.


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18 Dec 2010   #15
mpcrsc562

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wow, I'm really at a loss on this... I see on your screenshot that you do have 3 monitors hooked up, I cannot understand why you don't have an option for 3 x 1...

I'll look around and post back...
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18 Dec 2010   #16
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpcrsc562 View Post
Wow, I'm really at a loss on this... I see on your screenshot that you do have 3 monitors hooked up, I cannot understand why you don't have an option for 3 x 1...

I'll look around and post back...
Thanks
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18 Dec 2010   #17
smarteyeball

 
 

It is my understanding that you can use a 'passive' adaptor for 'extended mode' , However, when trying to create a group - that's when you'll encounter the problems you are with one of the monitors 'disappearing' from the group selection.

The different resolution / connections of the monitors shouldn't make a difference. The group will default to the lowest monitors resolution.

For example:

All three of my 24" monitors are 1920x1200 - however I can swap a monitor with a 1920x1080 TV and still create a group using a native DVI connection, a DVI>HDMI (TV) and the display port.

My monitors are native DisplayPort capable which is how I can use a 'passive' adaptor. Unfortunately this means I can't really test any other configs for you.

I'd still be inclined to blame the DP cord from ebay
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18 Dec 2010   #18
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
It is my understanding that you can use a 'passive' adaptor for 'extended mode' , However, when trying to create a group - that's when you'll encounter the problems you are with one of the monitors 'disappearing' from the group selection.

The different resolution / connections of the monitors shouldn't make a difference. The group will default to the lowest monitors resolution.

For example:

All three of my 24" monitors are 1920x1200 - however I can swap a monitor with a 1920x1080 TV and still create a group using a native DVI connection, a DVI>HDMI (TV) and the display port.

My monitors are native DisplayPort capable which is how I can use a 'passive' adaptor. Unfortunately this means I can't really test any other configs for you.

I'd still be inclined to blame the DP cord from ebay
I would buy an active adapter but there kind of expensive, and the one i have now took no configuration before. All i had to do was plug it up and it worked. So im gonna try every possible thing before i buy one.
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19 Dec 2010   #19
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Alright guys the new display port to dvi cable apparently had some problems. The monitor i was using it with looked like it had some dead pixles but it was the cable, i guess it had a bad connection or something. So im going to send this one back and buy one of the active adapters.

Anyone know any place to get one for around 50 dollars or so?
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18 Mar 2012   #20
sturpe

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 
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