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Hello, I have AccerPower s285 computerwith 2GB of RAM, 80GB drive, running ubuntu 9.04.I understand it's an old box but this will be fine as long I can get that ...
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    Mulitple video cards in AccerPower s285


    Hello,
    I have AccerPower s285 computerwith 2GB of RAM, 80GB drive, running ubuntu 9.04.I understand it's an old box but this will be fine as long I can get that to work with ubuntu 9.04. I want to put couple of graphic cards into it for multiple displays and I have few problems. I hope I can find some suggestions or answers to my problems here.
    This mobo has 3 PCI slots so I thought that maybe I can add 2 older cards (with dual outputs - vga and hdmi): Radeon 9250 and one nVidia GeForce 6200 but for some reason things are not working as I thought they would be .
    I tried dozen of things in xorg.conf file but none of them seem to work, so for now I have 1 nVidia added, 1 Radeon, my power suppply is 650W kingwin. Here's my lspci output:

    Code:
    0:09.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device 2020
    	Flags: bus master, VGA palette snoop, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 17
    	Memory at d0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
    	I/O ports at dc00 [size=256]
    	Memory at e4000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
    	[virtual] Expansion ROM at a0000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel modules: radeonfb
    
    00:09.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (Secondary) (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device 2021
    	Flags: medium devsel
    	Memory at d8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [disabled] [size=128M]
    	Memory at e4010000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=64K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV44A [GeForce 6200] (rev a1)
    	Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. Device a403
    	Flags: 66MHz, medium devsel, IRQ 5
    	Memory at e1000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=16M]
    	Memory at <ignored> (32-bit, prefetchable) [disabled]
    	Memory at e2000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=16M]
    	[virtual] Expansion ROM at b0000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel modules: nvidiafb
    ...

    Here's my xorg.conf file:
    Code:
    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    #   sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg
    
    Section "ServerLayout"
    	Identifier	"Main"
    	Screen		0 "Primary"
    	Screen		3 "SonyRight"
    #	Screen		3 "SonyRight"
    #	Screen		3 "SonyRight" RightOf "Primary"
    	Option		"Xinerama" "off"
    	Option		"Clone" "off"
    EndSection
    
    
    ############
    ## Card 1 ##
    ############
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"card1vga"
    	BoardName	"ATI Radeon 9250 rev01"
    	BusID		"PCI:0:9:0"
    	Driver		"radeon"
    	Option		"EnablePageFlip" "true"
    	Screen		0
    	Option		"UseDisplayDevice" "DFP-0"
    	Option		"DynamicTwinView" "FALSE"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"card1hdmi"
    	BoardName	"ATI Radeon 9250 rev01"
    	BusID		"PCI:0:9:1
    	Driver		"radeon"
    	Option		"EnablePageFlip" "true"
    	Screen		1
    	Option		"UseDisplayDevice" "DFP-0"
    	Option		"DynamicTwinView" "FALSE"
    EndSection
    
    ##################
    # Integrated vga #
    ##################
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"vgaIntegrated"
    	BoardName	"SiS 661/741/760 PCI/AGP "
    	BusID		"PCI:1:0:0"
    	Screen		2
    EndSection
    
    ############
    # Card 2 ##
    ###########
    Section "Device"
    	Identifier	"card2vga"
    	BoardName	"GeForce 6200
    	BusID		"PCI:1:0:0
    	#Driver		"radeon"
    	Option		"EnablePageFlip" "true"
    	Screen		3
    	Option		"UseDisplayDevice" "DFP-0"
    	Option		"DynamicTwinView" "FALSE"
    EndSection
    
    
    
    Section "Monitor"
    	Identifier	"LG"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Monitor"
    	identifier	"Sony"
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"Primary"
    	Monitor		"LG"
    	Device		"card1vga"
    	DefaultDepth	24
    EndSection
    
    Section "Screen"
    	Identifier	"SonyRight"
    	Monitor		"Sony"
    	Device		"card2vga"
    	DefaultDepth	24
    EndSection
    If I change Xinerama to 'on' then I get error that I have to fix my configuration after grub loads. I want to connect 2 or more displays to these cards so if anyone could help me out a bit I would appreciate. Can anybody give some suggestions as to how to fix my xorg.conf file?

    Thank you very much!!

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    AFAIK, you will not be able to run two DIFFERENT cards in Linux, it is hit or miss even in Windows with newer hardware. Problem being you need to run two drivers simultaneously.

    Even with nVidia or AMD they really need to be cards that use the same driver.

    Your best bet for a solution, might be, to check on Overclockers or some Gamer forums and see if anyone has ever tried to get that combo working together.

    Be a lot easier just to get matching cards or a single card to support the appropriate number of monitors.

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    Thanks for the response, ok so i tried connecting same cards ( at least I thought they are the same). 2 Radeon 9250. Here's my output from lspci:

    Code:
    00:09.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device 2020
    	Flags: bus master, VGA palette snoop, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 17
    	Memory at a8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
    	I/O ports at bc00 [size=256]
    	Memory at c9100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
    	[virtual] Expansion ROM at c8000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel modules: radeonfb
    
    00:09.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (Secondary) (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device 2021
    	Flags: medium devsel
    	Memory at b0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [disabled] [size=128M]
    	Memory at c9120000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=64K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    
    00:0b.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device 2020
    	Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 19
    	Memory at b8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
    	I/O ports at c000 [size=256]
    	Memory at c9110000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=64K]
    	[virtual] Expansion ROM at c8020000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel modules: radeonfb
    
    00:0b.1 Display controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO] (Secondary) (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Hightech Information System Ltd. Device 2021
    	Flags: medium devsel
    	Memory at c0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [disabled] [size=128M]
    	Memory at c9130000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=64K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    I think the problem here is that the second card has letters in the port - PCI: 00:0b... and in xorg.conf you can set only numbers. if I add that port in xorg.conf after reboot I get the message that second device is not found.
    I will try overclock forums too. Thanks



    Quote Originally Posted by slw210 View Post
    AFAIK, you will not be able to run two DIFFERENT cards in Linux, it is hit or miss even in Windows with newer hardware. Problem being you need to run two drivers simultaneously.

    Even with nVidia or AMD they really need to be cards that use the same driver.

    Your best bet for a solution, might be, to check on Overclockers or some Gamer forums and see if anyone has ever tried to get that combo working together.

    Be a lot easier just to get matching cards or a single card to support the appropriate number of monitors.

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    I believe back when I looked into running two video cards a while back, I saw some Linux related info on Superusers forum.

    I Found it TWO VIDEO CARDS LINUX.

    See if that helps.

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