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How to get ati and nvidia working on same motherboard

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May 28, 2008 1:24:26 AM

Have a nvidia 8600gts and 1650 ati.

M2N sli deluxe motherboard.

Windows vista

Now i can run two at pci express cards no problem but the moment i try to get the mvidia and ati cards working together i get told one driver is compatable with the other vga card.

Is there anyway to get them both working or am i just stuck getting another nvidia card?


May 28, 2008 1:44:21 AM

you can't "link" cards made under different architectures

if you want to SLI you have to use 2 nvidia cards of the same type (ie: 2x 8600 gts) if you want to crossfire it has to be 2 ati of the same type (ie:1650 x2)

If this isn't what you meant, i'm not sure where you're going with this.
May 28, 2008 1:45:00 AM

btw, read the crossfire/SLI faq stickied at the top of this forum.
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May 28, 2008 1:59:48 AM

I have no desire to link i just wish to run them both.

Hard to run three monitors on one card...lol.
May 28, 2008 2:02:42 AM

ovaltineplease said:
you can't "link" cards made under different architectures

if you want to SLI you have to use 2 nvidia cards of the same type (ie: 2x 8600 gts) if you want to crossfire it has to be 2 ati of the same type (ie:1650 x2)

If this isn't what you meant, i'm not sure where you're going with this.


ovaltineplease is correct ! :bounce: 
May 28, 2008 2:14:54 AM

I've never tried running video cards from 2 different chipsets together; if they have perhaps you should contact them.
May 28, 2008 2:22:24 AM

Like how? They're of different brands, and I don't think you can like, make them friends.
About the link you gave us, it is still like, not working together
May 28, 2008 2:23:24 AM

I would but it seems there first source was actually here.
May 28, 2008 2:24:56 AM

I have had them working on my arock dual sata motherboard but that was pci express and agp.
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May 28, 2008 2:29:12 AM

Try loading one driver with one card installed, and then the other? Make sure you have all SLI functions turned off in the bios (if any) AFTER you install the second card. You should be able to run one card from each company in your computer at the same time.
May 28, 2008 3:10:35 AM

Yes you should be able to run two different cards separately if done right. People do it all the time for the same reason you are. And in many games, you have a choice of which video driver to use. Those are games that will allow you to choose different cards if you have more than one installed.
May 28, 2008 8:37:50 PM

Sadly no go they just don't play together.
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May 28, 2008 11:09:24 PM

I don't think this is possible....

Be surprised if it could be done. lol Would be cool though.
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May 28, 2008 11:36:49 PM

Try switching which slot they go into? Try loading them singularly to make sure they both work? Did you verify that SLI is turned off everywhere (including any options in the bios) after installing the second card? What error message did you get again?
May 30, 2008 12:36:50 AM

Sadly it seems on this board ati and nvidia don't work together.

No matter which order or how you load the card.

Ahh well time for another nvidia card it would seem.

Turns out its not the fault of any of the hardware but rather the fault of vista.

Vista no longer lets you use two different types of video card unless they use the same driver.

h**p://www.microsoft.com/whdc/device/display/multimonVista.msp...
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May 31, 2008 9:36:31 AM

OMG, thanks for the link. Yet another reason why Vista sucks.

With XP, you simply load the driver, plug in the device, and away you go. Not so with Vista.

Thanks for the education, I'll be sure to make note of it.
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March 6, 2010 8:43:54 AM

well try two nvidis preferable the same speed and model because when you link on crossfire or sli the software match both video card like one thats meanfusuin like one but with 2 core processors and even if you set up ati and nvidia that my result in a blue screen or mybe system corruption
same cards same brand same speed in one (2 in 1) otherwise you might have a painfull times thats it i really recomend nvidia chipset better than ati i use ati for many years and it sucks its good but nvidia is better try separately and see the diference by your self
ati make a lot of problems every 1 or 2 months yes the driver out of date and with nvidia only 1 or 2 years
like my one 2 evga nvidia 9500 gt sli yesterday install the new driver and is workink like a charm no more problems in many months but ati still good try by yourself better grapics 110% warranty
March 26, 2010 7:25:49 PM

well, windows 7 came to save the day, from what I've read, windows 7 allow multiple MDDM drivers, while vista didn't
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