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Setting up Dual Monitor on FIC AZ11 using win 2000

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hey guys,

i'm trying to setup a dual monitor system using a voodoo3 3000 pci card and a s3 trio 64 on a FIC AZ11 mb, running windows2000. the problem is that it doesnt seem to be initializing the second video card because the monitor never comes out of powersave mode. windows 2000 detects the card but says that it cant be used, start the hardware trouble shooter. if anyone has a solution to this problem please help me. thanks.

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I think an S3 trio 64 could be a little too old to co-operate nicely. Possibly you may have issues with the screen mode you are trying to run also, due to the memory and DAC limitations of the S3 card, if it has 2Mb of RAM then you "should" be okay for 24 bit at 800x600 or 16 bit at 1024x768, I beleive you need both cards set the same. If it only has 1mb then you should be aiming for 16bit color at 800x600. Also I have observed over time that S3 cards can be picky about which monitors they want to work with, seems like they have flakey DDC circuitry, you might want to check if it will work with that monitor when it is a single card in a machine. Oh, check you have assign IRQ to VGA enabled in BIOS and try disabling and enabling pallete snoop.

Hope something there gets you somewhere, regards,

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Praxis,

Could have used some more info, but I believe I can answer your question anyway.

First of all,  to use dual monitor support, you dont have to have the 2 cards video resolution set the same.  The requirments are however listed on the microsoft website.  There is a list of cards that are supported for multidisplay in Win2k.  I didnt check to see if yours are on there,  but I know the Vodoo will work.  

First, make sure both the cards are PCI cards.  Secondly,  dont let windows detect them both at once.  Remove them both from the hardware manager,  then shut down.  Phiscally take one of them out of the puter and let windows boot.  It will detect the card you have in there and set it up.  Get it running the way you want,  then shut down again.  Insert your other card into the puter,  this time when you boot go into the bios,  and make sure that your Initial Display Select is set to PCI.  When windows boots this time, it should detect the other card and install the drivers for it.

All this said,  I dont believe that the S3 is compatible for multidisplay,  If you need an inexpensive card that works well for this.  look for a STB 4 meg card floating around for 5 or 10 bucks.  

Hope this helps.

Bryan
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