Dual head video card requires both mon turned on during boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by james, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. james

    james Guest

    Many video card with with two outputs have a bad habbit of disabling one of
    the output if the attached monitor is off during boot. I use one monitor
    most of the time and want to use two occasionally. To have to turn on both
    during boot is a pain.

    In win XP, this problem can sometimes be overcome by choosing generic SVGA
    instead of PnP monitor.

    Now, I'm running vista and this trick doesn't work. I'm using an old
    Geforce4 440 MX card with microsoft driver.

    Is there another solution to this problem?
    If I buy a new card (also with 2 outputs), is there some card that comes
    without this problem?

    Or, is there a fake monitor simulator that I can plug in the video port
    between my monitor and the computer so it thinks the monitor is on?
    james, Sep 21, 2008
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  3. james

    DL Guest

    I cannot say I've ever seen this problem & I've been using dual monitors for
    years, with various cards.
    I'd suggest that you are not using the dual monitor support/drivers supplied
    with your video card, but are instead using MS generic drivers.
    DL, Sep 21, 2008
  4. james

    Cyberwolf Guest

    Agreed. I've run dual monitors as well on multiple ATI video cards and
    never had said issue.

    Download the newest ForceWare driver from nVidia's website :
    Cyberwolf, Sep 22, 2008
  5. james

    Curious Guest

    Since the Geoforce 4 chips do not have built in DX9 support many Vista
    features will not work or will not work properly.
    Curious, Sep 22, 2008
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