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June 10, 2010 7:59:43 AM

Hi everybody,

I just got a computer, which I will have to use for a project. I need to run a fullscreen application stretched on two monitors. When I start the application now in fullscreen mode, it is always restricted to one (the "primary") monitor, but I need it to be on both (half of the app, on the left monitor, half on the right).
It got a new GTX480 and Windows 7 x64. I could not find any helpful options in the nvidia driver panel, so I hope someone got a little hint for me.

Greetings,
Quen
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June 10, 2010 12:45:54 PM

You need an ATI 5000 series graphics card to be able to do that. ATI calls it Eyefinity, and you can stretch a single desktop across up to six monitors. nVidia does not have a comparable technology as far as I am aware.
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June 10, 2010 1:36:03 PM

jedimasterben said:
nVidia does not have a comparable technology as far as I am aware.

They do (or will) and are calling it "Surround View" or something like that, it's supposed to be a feature of the new 256 series drivers which should be out sometime this month and is backwards compatible with older cards.
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June 10, 2010 1:46:36 PM

Thanks for letting me know about that, I had no idea til now. I knew that they wouldn't be sitting back twiddling their thumbs!
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June 10, 2010 1:59:09 PM

Glad I could be of service :)  , It does not appear to be working in the 257.15's but then they are beta's but as soon as the WHQL's turn up I'll give it go and see if it works with at least two monitors.
June 10, 2010 2:50:13 PM

You don't need nVidia Surround or Eyefinity to just do dual monitors though..... They've had that capability for a while...
a b U Graphics card
June 10, 2010 5:42:54 PM

Correct, but the OP needs a fullscreen app to be stretched across the two.
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June 10, 2010 5:55:38 PM

Nvidia showed 3D vision surround which is basically eyefinity but as I recall that needed an extra card for each indipendent display.
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June 10, 2010 6:15:58 PM

rofl_my_waffle said:
Nvidia showed 3D vision surround which is basically eyefinity but as I recall that needed an extra card for each indipendent display.

Two cards are required to run three screens not one card per screen.
June 10, 2010 7:16:40 PM

Mousemonkey said:
Two cards are required to run three screens not one card per screen.


Man, that would be a hilariously epic fail if it was 1 card per screen... imagine 6 screen nVidia surround... lawl, or 8 for that matter :p 
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June 10, 2010 7:21:20 PM

RealityRush said:
Man, that would be a hilariously epic fail if it was 1 card per screen... imagine 6 screen nVidia surround... lawl, or 8 for that matter :p 

:lol:  But you know that someone from Nv PR would make it sound like that was the best way to do if that was the case.
June 10, 2010 7:24:20 PM

so if you have 2 480s you can run a triple monitor set up??
June 10, 2010 7:29:49 PM

jedimasterben said:
You need an ATI 5000 series graphics card to be able to do that. ATI calls it Eyefinity, and you can stretch a single desktop across up to six monitors. nVidia does not have a comparable technology as far as I am aware.

It's not true, eyefinity is only for three monitors or more.

Two monitor can works on Ati and Nvidia.....
June 10, 2010 7:34:06 PM

seanny said:
so if you have 2 480s you can run a triple monitor set up??

Only two monitors on nVidia...
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June 10, 2010 7:36:04 PM

seanny said:
so if you have 2 480s you can run a triple monitor set up??


Misko195 said:
In SLI mode, yes you can.


As far as I'm aware that is what the 256 series drivers will enable you to do, at the moment when SLi is used all the video output goes to one output port on one card.
June 10, 2010 7:43:54 PM

RealityRush said:
Man, that would be a hilariously epic fail if it was 1 card per screen... imagine 6 screen nVidia surround... lawl, or 8 for that matter :p 

Yes only one card is need for two monitors. for ATI cards one for three monitors, but only HD5XXX ser......
June 10, 2010 7:48:04 PM

Mousemonkey said:
As far as I'm aware that is what the 256 series drivers will enable you to do, at the moment when SLi is used all the video output goes to one output port on one card.

Yes men, you'r right. Im little confused, i edit too many times this my reply. And i make mistake.........
June 10, 2010 8:43:33 PM

You can do 3+ monitors with nVidia Surround RIGHT NOW if you have a couple 400 series cards or 200 series cards. I assume it works with a single card as well if you have 2 monitors.

Jeeze people, keep up on current events :p , the beta 256 drivers have been out for weeks.

So OP, d/l the 256 beta drivers and you're good to go. Google that shiat.

Although, I think the leaked version of the nVidia surround drivers are only for 32-bit...... you might have to dual-boot your comp...
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June 10, 2010 9:12:29 PM

RealityRush said:
You can do 3+ monitors with nVidia Surround RIGHT NOW if you have a couple 400 series cards or 200 series cards. I assume it works with a single card as well if you have 2 monitors.

Jeeze people, keep up on current events :p , the beta 256 drivers have been out for weeks.

So OP, d/l the 256 beta drivers and you're good to go. Google that shiat.

Although, I think the leaked version of the nVidia surround drivers are only for 32-bit...... you might have to dual-boot your comp...

I'm not so sure about that.
Quote:
What’s Next for Release 256?
3D Vision Surround – Like you, we really wanted support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround in this first release, however, our software team is currently making some final improvements to the driver. As Tom mentioned here, Surround will be ready in the second release that is targeted for the end of June. We look forward to introducing 3D Vision Surround to you next month!


Source.
Although I'm not sure what that means as far as 3 screens and SLi is concerned but according to the press release 3D Vision Surround is not part of the 257.15 beta's.
June 10, 2010 9:55:31 PM

Mousemonkey said:
I'm not so sure about that.
Quote:
What’s Next for Release 256?
3D Vision Surround – Like you, we really wanted support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround in this first release, however, our software team is currently making some final improvements to the driver. As Tom mentioned here, Surround will be ready in the second release that is targeted for the end of June. We look forward to introducing 3D Vision Surround to you next month!


Source.
Although I'm not sure what that means as far as 3 screens and SLi is concerned but according to the press release 3D Vision Surround is not part of the 257.15 beta's.

On nVidia card right now SLI or not you can connect only two monitors.

June 10, 2010 9:57:17 PM

How many monitors are supported when running in SLI mode?
With GeForce R180 drivers (or later), standard SLI configurations for 2-way, 3-Way, and quad SLI support a maximum of two monitors. Additional monitors (up to 6 monitors total enabled) may be enabled by using either a motherboard GPU and/or a PhysX capable graphics card (GeForce 8 series or higher with at least 256MB of memory) that does not have the same GPU as those that are SLI enabled. More information regarding multi-monitor in SLI can be found here.

http://www.slizone.com/object/sli_multi_monitor.html#co...
June 11, 2010 12:13:49 AM

Mousemonkey said:
I'm not so sure about that.
Quote:
What’s Next for Release 256?
3D Vision Surround – Like you, we really wanted support for NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround in this first release, however, our software team is currently making some final improvements to the driver. As Tom mentioned here, Surround will be ready in the second release that is targeted for the end of June. We look forward to introducing 3D Vision Surround to you next month!


Source.
Although I'm not sure what that means as far as 3 screens and SLi is concerned but according to the press release 3D Vision Surround is not part of the 257.15 beta's.


Yeah, the 256.15's don't have it, but there is a leaked copy of beta driver 256.76 out there in the wild which is the 32-bit copy with nVidia surround in it. Problem is it is only 32-bit :p 

There was some guy in a thread (I don't remember which site) who dual-booted his comp with a 32-bit and 64-bit version of W7 to get it working.

http://www.downloadatoz.com/driver/articles/nvidia-256-...

Go nuts with nVidia Surround, happy multi-monitor!! :) 
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June 11, 2010 12:20:00 AM

Nice find, I've only got W7 64 so it's of no use to me :(  but lets hope someone tries it and lets us know the result.
June 11, 2010 12:49:54 AM

Mousemonkey said:
Nice find, I've only got W7 64 so it's of no use to me :(  but lets hope someone tries it and lets us know the result.


Agreed, I mentioned it in the 470/480 thread so hopefully someone runs with it :p 
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June 11, 2010 1:00:36 AM

Yeah, I saw that. It would be interesting to see if the new driver can bring performance increases, and although it's never been something I've ever banked on it will still be nice if it turns out that way.
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