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April 17, 2014 6:16:32 PM

I currently have 2 monitors set up and they're connected to my 6970.

When I try to connect my TV (HDMI) to my card, it takes away one of my monitors or doesn't work.

How can I make it where all 3 would work?

1 extends to monitor 2 then extends to my TV.

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a b x TV
a b C Monitor
April 17, 2014 6:34:40 PM

Go into "Display Settings"
It should list 3 monitors.
Can you manually enable all 3 of them?
If not...
* When all 3 monitors are connected, which ones work (which ones can you enable) and which one can you not enable?

* What ports are each monitor connected and what type of cable does each use?
* What is the exact model and brand video card that you have?
* Are you using any type of video cable splitters?
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April 17, 2014 6:45:43 PM

KevinAr18 said:
Go into "Display Settings"
It should list 3 monitors.
Can you manually enable all 3 of them?
If not...
* When all 3 monitors are connected, which ones work (which ones can you enable) and which one can you not enable?

* What ports are each monitor connected and what type of cable does each use?
* What is the exact model and brand video card that you have?
* Are you using any type of video cable splitters?


No it doesn't list all 3 monitors, it only lists my primary one.
I am use DVI for the 2 monitors and a HDMI for the TV
Sapphire ATI Radeon 6970
No I am not using any splitters
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a b x TV
a b C Monitor
April 26, 2014 2:26:39 PM

P.S. #2 :) 

Note: that active adapter has a limited resolution of something like 1920x1200. However, that is plenty for all 3 of the displays you have now.


BTW, when you setup your TV for computer use, you should setup your TV as follows:

1. Use ONLY 1366x768 resolution on the TV.
The native resolution of the TV is 1366x768. For a computer, you should ONLY use the native resolution and nothing else; otherwise the picture will be worse than it should be.

2. Go into the settings for your TV and make sure sharpening is off.
* Go to: Pictures Settings
* Look for: Sharpness
* Set Sharpness to zero or to whatever setting means no sharpness; on some TVs the correct setting might be something weird (it's not always 0). Sometimes it's a number like 10 or 50 or in the middle. Then, if you set it any higher it adds sharpness, but if you set it lower it actually starts to blur the picture! So you need to find the setting that means NO sharpening and NO blurring at the same time. It may be 0, 10, 50, or something else... but it's probably a nice round number.
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a b x TV
a b C Monitor
April 17, 2014 6:59:21 PM

1. It should list at least two of the monitors. Just to be sure:
* Right click on the desktop and select "Personalize"
* Click on "Display Settings"
* It should look like this, where you see a 1 and a 2: http://ims.fas.harvard.edu/images/training/pcresolution...
Do you still only see just the #1 a not a #2?

2. Connect only 1 of each monitor at a time. Can you get each one to work by itself on the same port and cable you use when all 3 are connected?

3. The product page for your video card says that you cannot have 3 monitors unless one of them uses displayport, so... you need to buy a displayport cable, and then connect the monitors in this way:

TV - HDMI to HDMI (using HDMI cable)
Monitor 1: DVI to DVI (using the DVI-D cable; do NOT use the DVI-I cable)
Monitor 2: Displayport to DVI?

Here's the important part? Do you have a Displayport plug on either monitor?
If so, get a regular Displayport cable:
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&...
If you do not have a Displayport cable, then get a Displayport to DVI cable (although I'm not 100% sure that will work with the video card's special requirement that one monitor use Displayport):
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&...
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April 17, 2014 7:15:55 PM

KevinAr18 said:
1. It should list at least two of the monitors. Just to be sure:
* Right click on the desktop and select "Personalize"
* Click on "Display Settings"
* It should look like this, where you see a 1 and a 2: http://ims.fas.harvard.edu/images/training/pcresolution...
Do you still only see just the #1 a not a #2?

2. Connect only 1 of each monitor at a time. Can you get each one to work by itself on the same port and cable you use when all 3 are connected?

3. The product page for your video card says that you cannot have 3 monitors unless one of them uses displayport, so... you need to buy a displayport cable, and then connect the monitors in this way:

TV - HDMI to HDMI (using HDMI cable)
Monitor 1: DVI to DVI (using the DVI-D cable; do NOT use the DVI-I cable)
Monitor 2: Displayport to DVI?

Here's the important part? Do you have a Displayport plug on either monitor?
If so, get a regular Displayport cable:
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&...
If you do not have a Displayport cable, then get a Displayport to DVI cable (although I'm not 100% sure that will work with the video card's special requirement that one monitor use Displayport):
http://www.monoprice.com/Category?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&...


Neither of my monitors has the displayport port.
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a b x TV
a b C Monitor
April 17, 2014 7:27:20 PM

If you want to take a picture of the back of the video card, I can double check. Or, if you have a link to the online store you bought it from, maybe I can check that way. I just based it off of what I saw on the Sapphire website.
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April 17, 2014 7:29:14 PM

KevinAr18 said:
If you want to take a picture of the back of the video card, I can double check. Or, if you have a link to the online store you bought it from, maybe I can check that way. I just based it off of what I saw on the Sapphire website.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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