[clug-talk] Problems with dual head graphics cards.
dcrosby at userful.com
Fri Oct 22 08:54:14 PDT 2010
The cards are kind of old, so some quirkiness is to be expected.
It sounds a bit like a software issue - do you know which X driver
you're using on the Predator? Also, was there anything in /var/log/ that
gave a clue as to what was happening?
On 10/22/2010 01:26 AM, Ralph Boland wrote:
> I haven't had much success with the dual head graphics cards that David C.
> handed out. The problems are likely problems with my system and not
> the cards themselves but opinions on my problems appreciated.
> My computer is a custom built (Memory Express, XMas time 2009) desktop
> ($400) using an AMD Athlon II with 2GB memory.
> I only have one screen so far so I didn't test the cards in dual screen mode.
> First, I added the first card together with a wireless card I had.
> (I am not using the wireless card. I used it once upon a time with my old
> machine but since my old machine died it was not in any machine.
> I took the occasion to put it in my new machine as a safe place to store it.)
> The first card worked but didn't support my screen size (1024X1280).
> I then switched to the second card, the Predator LTZ. With this card my
> mouse would freeze after about 5 minutes. So I removed it.
> Then my computer worked for perhaps 15 minutes but would then freeze
> and the screen would go black as well. (CTRL-ALT F5 (etc)) was
> completely ignored for both ways of my computer freezing.
> So I removed the wireless card as well and my computer worked fine for a
> week. I then decided to try the Predator without the wireless card but my
> computer would then not boot.
> It froze after reporting the name of the graphics card.
> So I switched slots for the card and tried again but with the same result.
> I have only two slots for the cards.
> So I removed the Predator card again and my computer works fine again.
> I don't see any pattern here that tells me what is broken.
> Is the problem hardware or software?
> Should I buy and install a new dual head graphics card?
> I can bring the graphics cards and wireless cards to the next meeting if
> anyone wants to try them out.
> Comments welcome.
> Ralph (Rocky) Boland
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