X1950XT dual monitor setup

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samhickman Posted: Thu, Apr 26 2007 4:42 PM
i have my normal 19" 4:3 aspect samsung monitor (SM913N), but i just bought a samsung LE19R71BX 19" widescreen (16:10 aspect) TV. i will have the two screens attached to my X1950XT using a DVI-D to DVI-D cable from teh PC to TV, and using a VGA to DVI adapter for the monitor to connect to the card. my problem is, that i dont know how to set a resolution of 1280x1024 for the monitor, and a resolution of 1440x900 for the TV, i just seem to be able to set the same resolution for both displays.

can anyone help? cheers
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samhickman replied on Mon, Apr 30 2007 10:04 AM
right, this seems to have people stumped, so i am presuming it is a limitation with ATI's software, as im sure i used to be able to do it with old nVidia cards.

anyhow, i have solved the problem, so i thought i'd tell you guys about it anyway!

the reason i wanted two monitors was so that i could use my PC as a media center PC when necessary. i was going to run dual monitors when i wanted to watch DVD's, videos, TV etc. it was a load of hassle swappin over the displays manually using displays manager in CCC, so i have made a hotkey combo (Ctrl+Alt+S) which swaps the active 1280x1024 display for the 1440x900 TV which is usually diabled. this places the 1280x1024 image on the LCD TV, which was where my initial problem was.

but! i found ou that you can set the resolution in media player to work independantly from the desktop resolution, so voila i now have media center working on the TV, at its native res, and all i have to do is Ctrl+Alt+S to switch displays, and press the Green button on my media center remote

i have ordered an accelero X2 cooler for my x1950xt, to cut all the noise from my PC, and ordered a DVB-T digital TV tuner for the PC too, so i can record and watch digital TV through media center too
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OK, this is a shot in the dark but was it you who posted these threads. http://www.sapphiretech.com/en/forums/archive/index.php/t-11262.html and http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:nqQMSt4CmWYJ:www.hothardware.com/forum/messageview.cfm%3Fcatid%3D1%26threadid%3D36155%26enterthread%3Dy+underperforming+x1950xt&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=3&gl=uk The reason I ask is because I have exactly the same issue, my 3Dmark06 score is 4880 with an AMD X2 6000+ and a x1950xt. I was assuming that my PSU was the issue but after reading your sapphire thread, maybe that’s not the case. Have you managed to resolve this issue any further? And was your replacement PSU definitely sufficient for the card?
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