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Windows 7: Cheap second graphics card advice please

24 Jul 2010   #1
julesb

Windows 7
 
 
Cheap second graphics card advice please

Hi, I'm running Windows 7 with an ATI 4870HD... I also have a Asus sound card which needs one of the outputs of the 4870 to combine video with sound and output to my AV. For some reason I cant get a decent picture quality on either my LCD or monitor whilst running through my Sony AV.

So I want to stick a second graphics card in to run my second monitor off.

My AGP slot is taken by the 4870, but I have a couple of remaining PCI slots
(Three 32-bit PCI v2.3 master PCI bus slots)

Can anyone suggest a suitable card that will either use the same drivers as my 4870 (catalyst v10) or one that will use different drivers that wont conflict with the ATI and run on Windows 7.

I only need it to run my main monitor.. games, films etc will run on my LCD TV
Thanks.


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24 Jul 2010   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

julesb, welcome to the forums.

Filling this out,

https://www.sevenforums.com/profile.php?do=extra

would help a lot (make and model numbers as well if you can). Would also help to know the model numbers of the AV and TV, as well as what connections are being used.

P.S. Your HD 4870 is more than capable of sending audio on its own when using a HDMI connection. Also you don't need a second video card for a second monitor as again your current card is more than capable of running 2 displays.
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24 Jul 2010   #3
julesb

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Stormy, thanks I have filled out the form.
I could never get the audio out to work from the ATI, despite trying various drivers it just didn't want to play ball... so I went with the Asus sound card.

I currently use two monitors driven by the ATI, but one of them has to go through my SONY STR dh800 AV amp... but the picture quality is poor on the monitor I am driving from it.
I have tried a vast array of setting in windows display panel and Catalyst control centre to no avail. Windows recognises the monitor as AVAMP... and gives a poor picture resolution with limited options. I guess it has something to do with EDID or something.

As I said My asus requires that one of the ATIs graphics ports is connected to it so it can mix video with audio and then send that to my Amp.

My plan is to effectively have a third monitor output from my PC and run my monitor off that... and that is why I am thinking of installing a second card.

Thanks
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24 Jul 2010   #4
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
I could never get the audio out to work from the ATI, despite trying various drivers it just didn't want to play ball..
Did you remember to set the ATI HDMI Audio as the default?

Cheap second graphics card advice please-hdmiaudio.png

only works when not connected to the sound card. The ATI HD cards all have a Realtek audio chip on them, to allow for passing audio over HDMI, and the driver for it gets installed when you install the video driver.

If you haven't might be a good idea to take a look around on the Asus forums (there are two others, as there is 3 models of that card),

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum-

Also might help to have a look around over here,

AVS Forum

a quick search of that forum returns quite a few threads dealing with that model receiver.

and see if any others have had the same sort of problems


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24 Jul 2010   #5
imeem

Win 7 & 10 x64
 
 

kind of off topic but: Do I need to download the latest ATI HDMI audio driver from realtek even tho I never use the HDMI for sound?
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24 Jul 2010   #6
julesb

Windows 7
 
 

Yes I have the latest ati drivers...also tried with onboard audio off. The ati audio device was always disabled so I couldn't select it as default. I have been to both the forums you suggest but found no one with similar problems...just advice telling me that the edid from my monitor is not getting to my pc...my pc sees my amp as the monitor so defaults to messed up resolutions which aren't correct for my monitor and can't be altered sufficiently. So I have decided to try a second graphics card to resolve my problem
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24 Jul 2010   #7
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by imeem View Post
kind of off topic but: Do I need to download the latest ATI HDMI audio driver from realtek even tho I never use the HDMI for sound?
No. For what it's worth the HDMI driver gets updated to the latest (or the one previous depending on when the ATI driver got set to Microsoft to be WHQL'ed) when you update to the latest Catalyst Suite.

If it is a EDID issue, then a second card is unlikely to fix it. Don't know if it will help or not, but have you connected to the TV directly so that the correct resolution can be set; then move the connection back to the amp.

Disabled or not available?
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24 Jul 2010   #8
Davidxtux

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by julesb View Post
Yes I have the latest ati drivers...also tried with onboard audio off. The ati audio device was always disabled so I couldn't select it as default. I have been to both the forums you suggest but found no one with similar problems...just advice telling me that the edid from my monitor is not getting to my pc...my pc sees my amp as the monitor so defaults to messed up resolutions which aren't correct for my monitor and can't be altered sufficiently. So I have decided to try a second graphics card to resolve my problem

A second card will not solve your issue.
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24 Jul 2010   #9
julesb

Windows 7
 
 

Its only an EDID issue if my monitor is receiving its signal through the Amp... when the monitor is connected directly to the pc the EDID is fine and the picture is shown in the correct resolutions for my monitor. Thats why I believe a second video card will remedy my problem. With Two (direct from PC) outputs to my monitor and TV... and a third output of video (from the second card) and audio (from my sound card) to my receiver (though the video will not be sent on to a screen). The asus sound card will only send audio when mixed with a video signal.

As I said I couldn't get the 4870 to output audio... and to be honest I'm not that bothered in getting it working either as I have a nice HDMI sound card now and as sound quality is important to me its probably a better option that using the chip on the ATI card.

I just wanted some advice on a cheap Graphics card which has a PCI (not express or AGP) connection.
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24 Jul 2010   #10
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

I've sorted these by highest price, assuming you'd want something decent. The prices fall quickly as you scroll down the page.

I'd stick with ATi as there would be fewer complications with your current card.

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,Video Cards & Video Devices,Desktop Graphics / Video Cards,PCI

(Hope this link works - Internet searches don't always translate well.)
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