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My current graphics card (agp) can handle two monitors. I can, shall we say, obtain an old pci graphics card from work thats not getting used any more and is likely to get scrapped otherwise.

Is it possible to use both an AGP and a PCI graphics card simultaneosly to get a tertiary monitor, or am I just wishing :D
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Post 3+ Months Ago

I'm pretty sure you can. I would just keep your AGP card as the primary and let it handle the 2nd
and 3rd slots. Should work out jsut fine.
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Thanks unflux, I'll get the card from work tomorrow and see what I can do. Of course I will be needing a third monitor also :roll: might help....
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coolio -- update us when you get it going ;)
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right now i have an agp gf4 and a pci voodoo three hooked up and it works just fine.
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Yeah you can mix cards. But I have herd that ATI doesn’t work to good using multiple cards.
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yea i used a gf2 and an ati 3d rage 2 all you have to do is make the sti card dominant in cmos
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so how did it turn out? also would having 2 video cards like this, increase performance in high graphic programs?
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Yup, you can mix cards like that (although there are some cards that don't like to be used in a multi-card setup).

Right now I have one machine running a pair of Radeons..

64Meg AGP Radeon 8500 Dual-Head (Monitor+DVI+SVideo)
64Meg PCI Radeon 7500 Dual Head (Monitor+DVI+Composite)

Running a 4 monitor desktop.

I've also done it in the past using a 64meg AGP Radeon DDR VIVO (Monitor, Composite in & out, and SVideo out) and a pair of the PCI 7500's, for 5 monitors + 3 TVs :)

Works well :)
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Send us a shot of what thet looks like Axe!
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Soon as I can I will... we've been rearranging the house now that one of the kids has moved out (his old bedroom has already been converted into a reptile room, heh).
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no one realy answered my question above which was "does adding anothing secondary video card to the PCI slot increase performance?"
i know it gives you another monitor to work with but does it increase performance.
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Actually, it decreases performance, because it uses more memory & processor to handle the larger desktop.

It does, however, increase productivity.
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thanks... im still a gamer so i dont think il go for that until i'm older
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Well, how much performance you lose all depends on resolution...

If you're running half a dozen 1600x1200 screens, yeah, it's gonna slow you down in games..

If you're running two or three 800x600 displays (which is more than plenty for peripheral vision in an FPS), it can work good.

And still, unless the game is specifically setup to use multiple monitors, it's only going to use a single screen, so when the game's running full screen on a single monitor, you're not going to really notice any performance difference.
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im trying to run a nvidia geforce mx 420 pci and my integrated ati radeon 200 simultaniously...i can get either one or the other working...but not both...any solutions as to what im doing wrong? is it even possible? is there an order i should do things? a step by step would be nice...ty...by the way...im running media center...yes yes...i know i know...

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