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I have had this problem with a GeForce 9800GX2 with one monitor, and I returned the card. Now I am having another similar problem right now on my work computer.The work computer has a PNY GeForce 8600GT 512MB superclocked, and I have a 20" screen with a resolution of 1680x1050 as my primary screen, and a 19" screen with a resolution of 1280 x1024 as my number 2 screen, positioned to the left of the primary screen.My number 2 screen does not work in FS. I do not know how to configure it to work separately from the primary monitor.Secondly, I am also having the problem that I had with the 9800GX2. When I go to the menu and click an option, the dialog box I want is hidden behind the flight, thus resulting in a frozen screen. This problem does not exist in Windowed mode.My desire is for the number 2 monitor to have an exterior view, while the primary screen has a cockpit view.How do I fix this? Any advice?

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I presume this is in XP, and if so, right click on your desktop, then choose "Properties" then "Settings". If you have set the GPU up properly in the nVidia desktop managerl, then you should see both your monitors there. You then have to drag the little icons into the physical arraingement of your two monitors. (#2 screen over to the left of your #1 screen). You may already know all about this, but it's the first place to start. If you haven't set up the nVidia manager yet, you need to do that first.

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That was one of the first things I did.The specs of this system are:Shuttle SG-31Microsoft Windows XP ProfessionalWestern Digital Caviar 80GB Hard DriveIntel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.4 GHz4GB DDR2 800 RAMPNY GeForce 8600 512MB Superclocked EditionAll Windows Updates are installed, using NVidia drivers version 182.06 (WHQL) and FSX SP1.

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So, outside of FSX, you can drag documents and so forth over onto the 2nd screen?

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Do oyu have FSX in full screen, it has to be in windowed mode to use more then one screen. Also have to make sure in fsx that both monitors are set to the same resolution.

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You can have different resolution screens. I have three WS monitors which display my VC and a 4x3 one which I use for 2D panels. But Mjrhealth is right about windowed mode. You can't do the multi monitor thing in full screen mode. You undock whichever view you want in windowed mode and drag your new view to your other screen.

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You can have different resolution screens. I have three WS monitors which display my VC and a 4x3 one which I use for 2D panels. But Mjrhealth is right about windowed mode. You can't do the multi monitor thing in full screen mode. You undock whichever view you want in windowed mode and drag your new view to your other screen.
Same here- I've never been able to use my triple mon setup with Full Screen. And tried many times!But you can easily modify the appearance of the Windowed mode screens so they look very similar to Full Scr. For an explanation and screenshot to show the result, see the FS9 forum- look for topic- "A 2+ year Ongoing Problem"- March 6.Get rid of those horrible MS blue bars!!!!!!!!!!!!! A 135

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Same here- I've never been able to use my triple mon setup with Full Screen. And tried many times!But you can easily modify the appearance of the Windowed mode screens so they look very similar to Full Scr. For an explanation and screenshot to show the result, see the FS9 forum- look for topic- "A 2+ year Ongoing Problem"- March 6.Get rid of those horrible MS blue bars!!!!!!!!!!!!! A 135

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I'm not sure why you folks are unable to run multiple monitors in 'full screen', but that's exactly how I run my machine, and have for a long time (if I'm understanding you all correctly). And I have a mix of screen resolutions: 3840x1024 and 1440x900. I have noticed that even though I have the resolutions set correctly in WinXP, I have to make sure that each graphics adapter in FSX is set correctly (in my case there are four)...and to start with they are often wrong, like instead of 1440x900, it's 1024x768. But, the correct resolution is available to select.On my machine, I get better frame rates/smoothness with 'full screen' mode, and the unused portions of my screens are black. Only the particular panel popup shows, of course with no borders. And too, my main instrument panel is actually spreadout over the outside view screens in windowed mode (the top center post), but that portion (that I don't want to see) disappears in 'full screen'.My experience also dictates the outside (3D) view should always be on the primary video, with instrument panels on the secondary. YMMVNoel WBrisbane
Noel- My set up is generating 3 synched Views- LFwd, Fwd, RFwd, while TH2Go produces a single View Fwd- stretched over 3 mons. I'm pretty sure that is why Full Screen goes crazy for me!!!! But there are ways to modify the Windowed config so everything looks like it's in Full Screen! No horrible MS blue bars!Alex Reid

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Noel- My set up is generating 3 synched Views- LFwd, Fwd, RFwd, while TH2Go produces a single View Fwd- stretched over 3 mons. I'm pretty sure that is why Full Screen goes crazy for me!!!! But there are ways to modify the Windowed config so everything looks like it's in Full Screen! No horrible MS blue bars!Alex Reid
Hi AlexNow I follow you; I understand how you have yours set up. And I can see why the 'full screen' is a problem, with multiple outside views on different monitors. I only run panels on secondary monitors. I wonder if that's what the others are doing as well. (??) Sounds like you've found a way to minimize the 'windowed' mode side effects...yet another way to skin the cat! Nice work.Noel WBrisbane

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So, now I'm a little confused...Which one of you is using TripleHead2Go; which one of you is using multiple video cards; and which one of you is using a single video card and spreading views across the three monitors in windowed mode? And, more importantly, why did you chose that setup over the other two options I mentioned?I ask this because, in time, I expect I'll be adding a second, and even later, a third monitor. I'm trying to research which method would be best for me. I intend to use the three monitors to expand my viewfield of the outside world from a meager 19" monitor's 45

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So, now I'm a little confused...Which one of you is using TripleHead2Go; which one of you is using multiple video cards; and which one of you is using a single video card and spreading views across the three monitors in windowed mode? And, more importantly, why did you chose that setup over the other two options I mentioned?I ask this because, in time, I expect I'll be adding a second, and even later, a third monitor. I'm trying to research which method would be best for me. I intend to use the three monitors to expand my viewfield of the outside world from a meager 19" monitor's 45

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Hm. I think I like the 2-graphics card approach better. You get the wider FOV with no distortion of any kind. (Sigh) Now if only you could get 3 graphics cards into 1 computer, you could run each view on a separate card. But, I think the closest we could get to that is to network multiple computers together and use that software (forget the name of it at the moment) that Pete Dowson made...Wide something... Anyway, as if I had that kind of money. :( Thanks for the info.

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Hm. I think I like the 2-graphics card approach better. You get the wider FOV with no distortion of any kind. (Sigh) Now if only you could get 3 graphics cards into 1 computer, you could run each view on a separate card. But, I think the closest we could get to that is to network multiple computers together and use that software (forget the name of it at the moment) that Pete Dowson made...Wide something... Anyway, as if I had that kind of money. :( Thanks for the info.
highflight- I believe that there are such things as triple GPU systems. But the price is lowered performance with each mon added. My ancient 6 year old system drives triple mons adequately, so a newer machine should be able to cope with 4 mons. (I speak for FS9) I don't see any difference in performance between the 2 monitors on the AGP card and the third mon on the PCI card.Alex Reid

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January, I have a system similar to you, I think. I am trying to run 3 monitors off of two 8900GTX graphic cards. I must turn SLI mode off to un more than two. I have found it works great for most programs, but when FSX loads, it stays on for about 3 seconds and then the display driver stops (FSX still running.) The center 26inch monitor is running at 1920x1200 and the side two 19inch monitors at 1680x1050. The drivers are Nvida's latest 182.08.Do you have to change any of the 3D settings or PhysX to make it run correctly?Any other suggestions?Thanks

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I've got four monitors connected to two GTX 280 graphics cards. I run FS9 and FSX in SLI mode without any complications. I use nHancer to manage the SLI configuration, it's easy to use and so far I haven't been able to find any nVidia software which will do a better job. Every system is unique, of course, so what works for me won't necessarily work for you.Here's a shot of what you can expect when you patch your monitors directly into the cards. The wings look kind of funny pointing forward, but that is a greater than 180 degree field of view. I don't think you can do that with the TH2Go gear without considerable distortion.

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January, I have a system similar to you, I think. I am trying to run 3 monitors off of two 8900GTX graphic cards. I must turn SLI mode off to un more than two. I have found it works great for most programs, but when FSX loads, it stays on for about 3 seconds and then the display driver stops (FSX still running.) The center 26inch monitor is running at 1920x1200 and the side two 19inch monitors at 1680x1050. The drivers are Nvida's latest 182.08.Do you have to change any of the 3D settings or PhysX to make it run correctly?Any other suggestions?Thanks
paulie- your query is way beyond my level of competence!!!! My experience is really only with FS9 on a 6 year old 'puter.Anyone else care to help?Alex Reid

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January, thanks for your reply..Highmike, I'm impressed. I will have to look into "nHancer". Maybe that is my answer...

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January, I have a system similar to you, I think. I am trying to run 3 monitors off of two 8900GTX graphic cards. I must turn SLI mode off to un more than two. I have found it works great for most programs, but when FSX loads, it stays on for about 3 seconds and then the display driver stops (FSX still running.) The center 26inch monitor is running at 1920x1200 and the side two 19inch monitors at 1680x1050. The drivers are Nvida's latest 182.08.Do you have to change any of the 3D settings or PhysX to make it run correctly?Any other suggestions?Thanks
Paulie, try turning your resolutions down to the minimum possible both in windows and fsx, (before starting fsx) and then see if all is ok. If so then turn up the resolutions incrementally until it stops again, then return to the highest, but workable res.

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Highflight- Noel in Brisbane is using the TH2Go hardware which takes View Fwd and stretches it across 3 monitors. This method uses a single GPU and with the digital version you can compensate nicely for the bezel separation to create what seems to be a single image. The limitation is that this Field of View is only 45

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May be you guys can help me. Which would be the best approach? I

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----------I believe Matrox recommends identical monitors with TH2Go. If you fly Virtual cockpit, TH2Go is the solution but you get only View Fwd spread across the monitors. Zooming out can increase the Field of View from 45

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