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Trouble Running Quad Monitors with Biostar A880G+ and Geforce210

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February 27, 2011 9:42:42 PM

Here is my system as it relates to my question:

Motherboard: Biostar A880G+
GPU: Galaxy GEForce 210
OS: Windows 7 64-bit

When I try to go to BIOS to enable surround view, the surround view option is locked on auto; i.e. I can't change that value between enabled/disabled.

Currently, I have my monitors setup running off the graphics card (hdmi + dvi)
I also have two other monitors hooked up to the internal graphics (vga + dvi).

The ones running off the internal graphics card are not recognized by windows.

I am not a gamer, and I do not need top of the line refresh rates, etc. I simply want the multiple monitors for more room to open up basic applications, internet, excel, word, etc.

Please advise.
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February 27, 2011 10:52:39 PM

You'll need a second graphics card to use that many monitors. You typically can't use integrated + discrete graphics at the same time. If you just want to use three monitors, lots of low level Radeons cards support that.
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February 28, 2011 12:26:44 AM

If you remove the GeForce 210 and enter the BIOS Setup does it allow you to change the Surround View option to Enabled?

What is the Primary Video Controller option set to?
PCI-GFX0-GPP-IGFX (Default)
GFX0-GPP-IGFX-PCI
GPP-GFX0-IGFX-PCI
IGFX-GFX0-GPP-PCI
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March 2, 2011 11:12:04 PM

ko888 said:
If you remove the GeForce 210 and enter the BIOS Setup does it allow you to change the Surround View option to Enabled?

What is the Primary Video Controller option set to?
PCI-GFX0-GPP-IGFX (Default)
GFX0-GPP-IGFX-PCI
GPP-GFX0-IGFX-PCI
IGFX-GFX0-GPP-PCI


I removed the GEForce 210, and entered BIOS setup. It did not allow me to change surround view to Enabled. It seems to be locked on Auto no matter what.

The primary Video Controller Option is set to: PCI-GFX0-GPP-IGFX


Other related items fro the internal graphics page:

VBios Type: HDMI
Internal Graphics Mode: UMA
UMA Frame buffer Size: Auto

GFX Engine Clock Override: Disable

FB Location: Above 4G

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a b C Monitor
March 3, 2011 4:25:59 AM

Surround View would most likely work perfectly with an AMD/ATI Radeon HD graphics card instead of an NVIDIA graphics card.
March 3, 2011 1:54:09 PM

ko888 said:
Surround View would most likely work perfectly with an AMD/ATI Radeon HD graphics card instead of an NVIDIA graphics card.


Thank you for your help KO888.

Would you please suggest a few cards that may work well, given what I am trying to do below.

What I'm looking to do:

1. Run 2 - 24" monitors at 1920x1080 off of the graphics card
2. Run 2 - 19" monitors at 1280x1024 off the internal graphics
3. I do not do any gaming, this is more for business-related applications; excel, trading software, etc.
4. I would also prefer a card that is quiet. I.E. my current card has a fan and is louder than my CPU and system fan. Are there cards out there that do not have fans and will not overheat under basic usage (i.e. non-gaming)


March 3, 2011 2:19:21 PM

bubaseballfan said:
Thank you for your help KO888.

Would you please suggest a few cards that may work well, given what I am trying to do below.

What I'm looking to do:

1. Run 2 - 24" monitors at 1920x1080 off of the graphics card
2. Run 2 - 19" monitors at 1280x1024 off the internal graphics
3. I do not do any gaming, this is more for business-related applications; excel, trading software, etc.
4. I would also prefer a card that is quiet. I.E. my current card has a fan and is louder than my CPU and system fan. Are there cards out there that do not have fans and will not overheat under basic usage (i.e. non-gaming)


If you have a spare PCI slot and you want to use the other monitors for only basic things, you could pick up a cheap PCI graphics card. I did that a few years ago when I was running a 9800 GT and a PCI 9400 GT. If I remember correctly, I got mine for around $40 on eBay and it worked fine for basic tasks.

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March 3, 2011 3:11:18 PM
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bubaseballfan said:
Thank you for your help KO888.

Would you please suggest a few cards that may work well, given what I am trying to do below.

What I'm looking to do:

1. Run 2 - 24" monitors at 1920x1080 off of the graphics card
2. Run 2 - 19" monitors at 1280x1024 off the internal graphics
3. I do not do any gaming, this is more for business-related applications; excel, trading software, etc.
4. I would also prefer a card that is quiet. I.E. my current card has a fan and is louder than my CPU and system fan. Are there cards out there that do not have fans and will not overheat under basic usage (i.e. non-gaming)

The following cards are all fanless passively cooled AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics cards and will work with AMD/ATI SurroundView:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709+600030349+600029795+600007320+600007610&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=48&description=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&srchInDesc=
March 4, 2011 4:53:03 PM

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March 4, 2011 6:14:58 PM

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