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Still no go... back to 3GB RAM

After installing Vista Service Pack 1 things seemed to be running pretty well.  Both ATI cards were functioning and looking good.  But after a couple hours of use, system performance degraded, especially relating to video.  Then the ATI drivers crashed and restarted successfully, just like the nVidia drivers did. So, back to 3GB RAM.  I will submit a ticket to Microsoft when I have the energy.  Otherwise, I am considering this case closed.  I cannot use 4GB RAM and 2 video cards on this Dell OptiPlex with Vista 64-bit. Technorati Tags: nVidia,ATI,Vista,64-bit

posted @ Thursday, February 21, 2008 5:53 PM | Feedback (1)

Video Card Update - Vista Service Pack 1

I installed Vista Service Pack 1 today.  I put my stick of RAM back in, and I have no distorted graphics.  Still using the 2 ATI cards.  I'm going to keep my fingers crossed.  It feels good to have that 4th GB of RAM back. Technorati Tags: ATI,Video Card,Vista,64-bit

posted @ Tuesday, February 19, 2008 1:44 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Woes - Finally Over

I believe that my video card woes have finally come to an end.  As I discussed, the key ended up being my RAM, and not the cards.  Ultimately, I guess I can't use 4GB RAM + 2 video cards on Vista 64-bit.  This is good to know since I have 4GB RAM installed at home too, but only a single card (for now). After dropping my RAM down to 3GB, the displays look great, but I kept getting messages stating, nvlddmkm stopped responding.  This is the video driver for the nVidia cards.  I saw this a lot when I'd...

posted @ Thursday, February 7, 2008 12:04 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Woes - Up to 3 screens, down to 3GB RAM

I said in my last post that I was going to try yanking out a stick of RAM.  I had seen some mention of this in some message boards.  I'm either really happy or really sad (undecided) to report that this seemed to address the issue (for the most part). I am up to 3 screens, but down to 3GB RAM.  Apparently, Vista 64-bit cannot manage 4GB RAM as well as 384MB video memory.  I am still seeing the video driver "stop responding" but "restart successfully" every time I lock my screen and then log back in.  But while...

posted @ Monday, February 4, 2008 5:59 PM | Feedback (0)

Never-ending video card woes

I gave up on the ATI cards.  I went back to the GeForce 6200LE PCIe card that I bought for my XP machine.  This gives me dual monitor using the DVI-I and the VGA ports.  Then I bought a GeForce 6200OC PCI card to get to 3 (or 4) screens. After Dave Yardy gave me the clue about multi-monitor support in Vista, it looked like the PCI/PCI combination would not work.  And PCIe/PCI only works if the 2 cards use the same WDDM driver.  I was hopeful that 2 GeForce 6200 cards would run the same driver and I'd...

posted @ Friday, January 25, 2008 7:20 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Update (still unresolved)

ATI wrote: These are only troubleshooting steps to assist to try and resolve the issue at hand. There are two possibilities here: 1) one of the video cards; 2) the system. Since you state that the cards work fine individually, the issue could be system related. However, can you get the video cards replaced and try, do you have the same issue? I am responding with: This is a brand new Dell machine with brand new video cards (which came from Dell too). ...

posted @ Friday, January 4, 2008 4:44 PM | Feedback (0)

Video Card Woes, continued

Well, I wrote VisionTek on December 21, and I haven't heard back from them yet. So, I just sent the same message to ATI directly.  We'll see if they have the courtesy to respond. The box for the card touts the ability to run 2 of the cards and control up to 4 monitors.  I am thinking that in order to do that effectively, I'll need to be running off the DVI ports only and not one of the VGA ports.  This would require a DVI-I to dual VGA splitter Y cable.  I hunted around a bit and...

posted @ Wednesday, January 2, 2008 9:02 AM | Feedback (0)