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Dual Monitor issue with nVidia geforce 6200


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#1 BladeMirage

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 11:18 PM

Hello all,

I am having a very recent problem regarding the use of Dual Monitor on my geforce 6200 card. Before I explain the problem, I use Windows XP on a Medion computer (unsure of model, it was second hand when I bought it years ago). And the two monitors I'm using are VGA LCD monitors, one Acer AL1912 and the other a Philip 170S. Since the graphic card got 1 VGA and 1 DVI port, I had to get the adapter to use my 2nd monitor on it.

Before I bought my 2nd monitor, I had my tower at a friend's house to get some small issues ironed out then found out I could use dual monitor so we plugged in his Benq monitor that has a DVI cable. It worked very well. So I got the VGA to DVI adapter off him and bought a 2nd monitor. It displayed 2 screens upon start up til I got to the desktop, it stopped showing dual screen with the primary only displaying and the other still on but blank.
Went through the set ups, still no luck. There was a lot of flickering when I opened the nVidia panel. It definitely recognizes a 2nd monitor is plugged in and identified its model before I grabbed the driver.

Tried everything from installing the proper drivers for the monitors to trying another adapter to bringing my 2nd monitor with the adapter attached to my friend's place to test it on his computer (which did work...). Swapped my monitors around which gave me the same Primary Active and Secondary on but blank. Scoured the internet, found someone had apparently solved the issue on the same card model but did not outline the solution which left me very frustrated...

So before I go to the point of locating a monitor with a DVI cable or grabbing a new graphic card (which none I can do considering my bad funds for a while)... is there any possible solution I can try or anyone here who have had this issue before? Hope I didn't make this too confusing :mellow:
Thanks in advance for any kind of help :)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:19 AM

it displays ok before you get to the login screen? Sometimes, the simplest solution is the easiest-when you go into windows display manager, does it recognize the second monitor? (I have had bad experiences with NVIDIA control panel in the past, especially on windows XP with lower end cards)

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

It does see the second monitor and identified its exact model in the drop down box before I installed its driver. I tried swapping the monitors around as well, still the same result.

I did consider the thought that the DVI port might be fried but if it was, the second monitor wouldn't have turned on during start up at all. The DVI port type on the adapter is DVI-A if it might help with identifying the problem? :huh:

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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:40 PM

that might be it if the DVI port on the card is DVI-D, the issue maybe the adaptor.

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 09:24 PM

It seems the problem has sort of cleared up when I took my tower over to my friend's for him to take another look. We've cleaned the heatsink and the contacts and he did something in the BIOS.

However it's now brought up a new issue, the heatsink isn't optimally operating. Dual monitor works but it will cut out after a few minutes of operation. What's the best program to check this?

EDIT: Just installed Afterburner and loaded up Minecraft, for something that isn't too graphic intensive, the temperature climbed 100 degrees. Think I can now safely say it's a clear case of overheating... :\

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Posted 27 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

I normally use Rivatuner, not only does it monitor temperatures, but it can change fan speeds and the like. You may look at aftermarket video card coolers, though honestly for the amount of money youd spend on one, you could watch neweggs shell shocker deals and purchase a brand new low end card that would easily outperform that 6200 and run cooler. You could take the side compartment off and run a room fan on it to keep it cool, but in my experience, with a card that old its best just to junk it and replace-seeing as you can get them for between $10-20 if you watch your sales.

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http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=163

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