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#1 devilus

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 07:49 AM

Two PCIe graphic cards (no SLI), two OS's (Vista on HDD and Windows 7 on SDD), two different Nvidia drivers and an LCD monitor with multiple connectors. Is that possible? How can I get this system working without any conflict or problems?


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:44 PM

Let me get this straight. You want two PCs on one box?

Unless you have 2 CPUs, 2 sets of RAM, and 2 motherboards, you had better start looking into a Type-1 Hypervisor setup.


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Posted 10 March 2016 - 11:43 PM

It's just a dual boot system. I want to install a recent graphic card for using in Windows 7 and not to touch Vista. Some people say that I have to install the new card, boot to each OS and disable the graphic card which should not be used via device manager. I'm not sure if it is that simple.


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:19 AM

if all you want to do is dual boot, you only need one video card, all you need to do is create a new partition and install the new OS to that partition. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/install-multiple-operating-system-multiboot#1TC=windows-7


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Posted 11 March 2016 - 02:19 AM

Sorry but, is my english really so bad that the people don't understand what I mean? The dual boot is already there. Running without any problem. I want to add a second graphic card for Windows 7. A newer one! A recent card needs recent drivers. But I don't want to risk my video editing software in Vista with new graphic drivers. So I want to go on there with old card and drivers.

 

Thanks anyway.


Edited by devilus, 11 March 2016 - 03:25 AM.

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:26 PM

I would still just use one card. Uninstall the old one completely, drivers and all and install the new one. If you have two cards installed, windows will recognize both and attempt to run drivers for both and this can cause more problems then its worth. Just replacing the card with your newer card, and uninstalling old drivers and installing the new ones should not hurt your video editing or any other programs on your computer.

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 12:46 PM

uninstalling old drivers and installing the new ones should not hurt your video editing or any other programs on your computer.

Exactly. If you are really worried about it, create a restore point before removing the old drivers.
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 07:32 AM

Thanks again for the help.

 

There is an interesting topic below, with two AMD cards:

 

https://grabcad.com/questions/how-can-i-build-a-computer-for-both-gaming-and-work-hybrid-computer-build

 

However it's a little confusing for me, especially the step 5. How could the graphic drivers be installed into another directory? As far as I know, the installed drivers are stored in system32 folder.


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Posted 12 March 2016 - 11:26 AM

That is a very specialized situation that I really don't think you need. You said video editing, not CAD right? Gaming GPUs work fine for video editing and as Patriot already pointed out you aren't "risking" anything by using the newer GPU on Vista.
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 11:33 AM

Also if the person who answered the question in the article you linked is the one who built the PC in the picture, I would have to say "trust with caution". That watercooling loop is set up all wrong, and his pump looks haphazardly jammed in the case.
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Posted 12 March 2016 - 12:55 PM

That is a very specialized situation that I really don't think you need. You said video editing, not CAD right? Gaming GPUs work fine for video editing and as Patriot already pointed out you aren't "risking" anything by using the newer GPU on Vista.

 

I just wondered how and if he gets the system working.

 

Also if the person who answered the question in the article you linked is the one who built the PC in the picture, I would have to say "trust with caution". That watercooling loop is set up all wrong, and his pump looks haphazardly jammed in the case.

 

I didn't trust him. :thumbup2:

 

Thanks a lot.


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