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#1 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:42 PM

So I posted this a few days ago on http://forums.guru3d...d.php?p=4308712 and was wondering if anyone here has any input:

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I have a HIS Radeon HD 6790 1 GB GDDR5 video card running the Catalyst driver under Archlinux.

I currently have 3 monitors attached to my card using 2 of the DVI ports and one Active DisplayPort which leaves the HDMI port open. I am planning on buying a hdmi LCD monitor and I read conflicting reviews of AMD cards that basically say one of the DVI ports uses the same controller of the hdmi port.

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Upper Single-link DVI-D
Bottom Dual-link DVI-I

http://www.hisdigita...duct2-640.shtml

I am basically just wondering if it is possible to use both the DVI ports, the displayport and the HDMI port at the same time with the version of card I have?

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The specs for my video card show:

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AMD Eyefinity multi-display technology1
Native support for up to 4 simultaneous displays
Up to 6 displays supported with DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport
http://www.amd.com/u...overview.aspx#3
So after reading the comments which were nothing really about my card and I think the commentors were a bit confused as well. The way I understood it was that one of my dvi ports share something with my hdmi port so I figured something like this would work:

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Would something like this work? StarTech.com 8-Inch LFH 59 Male to Dual Female DVI I DMS 59 Cable
I was thinking that I could have two dvi monitors connected to the splitter that act as one large display. That way I could have 4 monitors attatched.

So if that will work, I plan on using:

--the dual link dvi connected to two dvi monitors that act as one big monitor
--my other monitor connected to the displayport
--the fourth monitor connected to hdmi port

Would that scenario work?

I would appreciate if you all would read the original thread with the comments and let me know your input.

Thanks a lot
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:51 PM

So, none of them really addressed that you don't want to use the Display Port but want to use the HDMI only due to the type of monitor you are getting?
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:53 PM

View PostLilBambi, on 03 May 2012 - 03:51 PM, said:

So, none of them really addressed that you don't want to use the Display Port but want to use the HDMI only due to the type of monitor you are getting?

Well I only have the one hdmi port open. I already use the display port for my third monitor (active dp adapter to dvi)

My card has:

1 Single-link DVI-D = monitor1 dvi
1 Dual-link DVI-I = monitor2 dvi
1 Display Port = monitor3 dvi with adapter
1 HDMI = new monitor

My current setup works, so I was planning on connecting the fourth monitor to the open hdmi port (it has dvi but would rather connect via hdmi plus that port is unused).
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 03:59 PM

Off to work soon, will check back when I get home tonight.

Thanks B)
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 09:37 PM

Wish I could help, J. I'm lucky if I can get one monitor working. ;)
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:23 PM

maybe a dvi-hdmi adapter would help
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:22 AM

View Postcrp, on 03 May 2012 - 11:23 PM, said:

maybe a dvi-hdmi adapter would help
Thanks for the suggestion but I do not think that would help, as I am trying to use the hdmi port and I do not have an open dvi port. That and I would lose the features and speed of hdmi.

I think I will just be buying a second cheap ATI card for the fourth monitor to replace the second dvi monitor (which will be used by the hdmi port). I found a ASUS EAH6450 Radeon HD 6450 1gb for $44 at newegg. I figured that I would spend $30-40 for an adapter of some sorts, plus I could install a 5th monitor later on down the road if I wanted. B)
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:38 AM

Hey good deal :thumbsup:
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:43 AM

They have various dvi-hdmi adapters , should be able to find one that goes from your card's hdmi to your monitor's dvi and I really don't think you would notice the difference.
I am suprised that you have an extra video card ready slot.
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Posted 04 May 2012 - 10:45 AM

View Postcrp, on 04 May 2012 - 10:43 AM, said:

They have various dvi-hdmi adapters , should be able to find one that goes from your card's hdmi to your monitor's dvi and I really don't think you would notice the difference.
I am suprised that you have an extra video card ready slot.

Well I have an open pci-e slot for an additional video card:

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2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (single at x16 or dual at x8 / x8 mode)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x 1(5GT/s, blue slots)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x 1(2.5GT/s,gray slot)
2 x PCI
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:16 AM

Shame you are so far away. I have a HD 4850 a HD 4670 and a  X1950 Pro al kindly treated and looking for good homes :teehee:
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 11:48 AM

View Postabarbarian, on 05 May 2012 - 11:16 AM, said:

Shame you are so far away. I have a HD 4850 a HD 4670 and a  X1950 Pro al kindly treated and looking for good homes :teehee:

Well there is always the mail although I will be making my purchases Tuesday night and should have my new toys by Friday or so. Thanks anyway
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 02:40 PM

Well I ended up not having as much extra money as I thought so I ended up getting a ViewSonic VX2453mh-LED 24" Class Flat Panel

Anyway, I have to wait to next payday to get the other ati card but for now here is my setup:

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(The middle one is the new monitor)

Once I get the extra ati card, I will put another 22" monitor on the top middle of the monitor stand. Also, they are angled down more than it looks like. I just barely glance up and the monitors are right above eye level.
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 03:58 PM

Looks nice Josh! :thumbsup:

Bet you are chomping at the bit to get that other video card in there and your 4th monitor in place! ;)
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:00 PM

View PostLilBambi, on 12 May 2012 - 03:58 PM, said:

Looks nice Josh! :thumbsup:

Bet you are chomping at the bit to get that other video card in there and your 4th monitor in place! ;)

Thanks a lot and yes, I cannot wait till I get the other card although I am really enjoying the new monitor!!!! :thumbup:
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Posted 12 May 2012 - 04:19 PM

Nice. I just don't have enough eyes for all those monitors, though. ;)

Off-topic: Are you a connoisseur of Zippo lighters, Mr. Josh?
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 01:29 AM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 12 May 2012 - 04:19 PM, said:

Off-topic: Are you a connoisseur of Zippo lighters, Mr. Josh?

I enjoy them but I only currently have the one B)
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 02:39 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 12 May 2012 - 04:19 PM, said:

Off-topic: Are you a connoisseur of Zippo lighters, Mr. Josh?

View Postsecuritybreach, on 13 May 2012 - 01:29 AM, said:

I enjoy them but I only currently have the one B)

Only one? Hmm... something tells me that situation could change for you soon. ;)
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 02:54 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 13 May 2012 - 02:39 PM, said:

Only one? Hmm... something tells me that situation could change for you soon. ;)

Now you have me curious B)
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 03:15 PM

Zippos are like Lay's potato chips... you can't have just one. Keep an eye on your mail box. :yes:
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 03:24 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 13 May 2012 - 03:15 PM, said:

Zippos are like Lay's potato chips... you can't have just one. Keep an eye on your mail box. :yes:

Sweet!!!! I think you have the correct addy, I will send it via email.

Thanks a lot!!!!
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Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:05 PM

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Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:13 PM

View PostV.T. Eric Layton, on 13 May 2012 - 04:05 PM, said:

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Hehehe B)
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 02:57 PM

Still no luck: https://bbs.archlinu...110065#p1110065

I am literally at my wits end but as you all know, I do not give up so easily.

B)

Man, I wish Bruno were still around for times like this. :)
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 10:33 PM

You are a glutton for punishment. ;)
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