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Issues running dual video cards (PCI/PCI-E)


#1
I've got a bit of a strange issue that I haven't had with previous OSes on this PC. I'm running a Dell OptiPlex 380 with Win 8 x64 at the office and I have to run 2 video cards for all of my screens. I have a GeForce 8400GS in the PCI-E slot and a GeForce 6200 in the PCI slot.

Previous to the Win 8 install, it worked fine. Booted exactly as I had shut it off. Now, with 8 - it's killing my PCI-E card presumably when it puts the screens to sleep when I leave for the day. So I'm coming in to all of my windows being moved to the PCI card's monitor (only one hooked to it) and I have to reboot to get PCI-E card to come back.

If I check the screen properties, I see only the screen hooked to the PCI card. I've changed the setting in the BIOS for the first video card to Auto and also tried the PCI-E selection and it's the same either way.

Why on earth would it default to the PCI card rather than the PCI-E card? Any thoughts?
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build - Water Cooled
    CPU
    Intel i5 2500k Overclocked @ 5.5GHz (Stable)
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon 7850HD / 2GB
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    Onboard
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    Triple Samsung 23"
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    1920x1080
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    250GB SSD Boot/OS/App Drive
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    800W Thermaltake
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    Logitech G19
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    Logitech Revolution VX
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#2
Okay, so with everything working -- I rebooted just to see how it acts and it came back up with all screens / cards working. However I do see an exclamation icon on the 6200 PCI card. It says Windows has stopped the device, but the screen is working fine. LOL -- that's a new one for me. I've never seen a stopped device that still works. =)
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build - Water Cooled
    CPU
    Intel i5 2500k Overclocked @ 5.5GHz (Stable)
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon 7850HD / 2GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Triple Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB SSD Boot/OS/App Drive
    2TB Media/Storage Drive
    2TB External Backup
    4TB Network Storage
    PSU
    800W Thermaltake
    Case
    Mac G5 Transplant
    Cooling
    Custom Water Cooler - Pieced Together
    Keyboard
    Logitech G19
    Mouse
    Logitech Revolution VX
    Internet Speed
    Cable
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    IE 10
    Antivirus
    MSE
#3
I went and installed the drivers from GeForce and now I see "NVidia GeForce 6200" and "NVidia GeForce 8400GS" instead of the Microsoft drivers, but I still have the exclamation mark on the 6200. I still have video on that card though.

When I open the NVidia control panel, it appears that it's only seeing the 8400. When I click on System Information it doesn't show the 6200 at all.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom Build - Water Cooled
    CPU
    Intel i5 2500k Overclocked @ 5.5GHz (Stable)
    Motherboard
    MSI
    Memory
    32GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radeon 7850HD / 2GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Triple Samsung 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB SSD Boot/OS/App Drive
    2TB Media/Storage Drive
    2TB External Backup
    4TB Network Storage
    PSU
    800W Thermaltake
    Case
    Mac G5 Transplant
    Cooling
    Custom Water Cooler - Pieced Together
    Keyboard
    Logitech G19
    Mouse
    Logitech Revolution VX
    Internet Speed
    Cable
    Browser
    IE 10
    Antivirus
    MSE

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#4
Hello Corbryant, which driver version did you install from Nvidia? I have went through Nvidia's website and found this driver which was provided upon the launch of Windows 8 and seems to support both Geforce 6 and Geforce 8 series. Download and install this driver and see if it notices both of your gpu's. The Geforce 6200 is an old legacy gpu and it may not work with the latest drivers. Hope I have helped solve your issue :).
link: NVIDIA DRIVERS 306.97WHQL
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Hewlett Packard P7-1017c
    CPU
    Intel Core i3-2100 @ 3.1Ghz
    Motherboard
    Pegatron HP
    Memory
    Crucial 2x4GB DDR3 1333 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB GDDR5
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP 2211x
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Hitachi 1TB 7200 RPM
    PSU
    Corsair CX600 80+ Bronze
    Case
    Coolermaster HAF 912
    Cooling
    Stock Intel Fan
    Keyboard
    HP Keyboard
    Mouse
    HP Mouse
    Internet Speed
    30+ Mbps Download; 2Mbps Upload
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    Google Chrome
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    Norton 360
    Other Info
    New build with custom parts later in the year

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