Do you use the Win10 "Project" setting to enable 2 monitors?
Well I have a third screen plugged in the secondary DVI port to be honest.
The windows settings work but they apply to my third screen and the "active one of my HDMI and DVI" if you get what I mean.
Some say that some GPU are not capable of displaying HDMI and DVI at the same time as the data stream is different or something, but I dont get why they work without the drivers then? Super annoying.
As I said in another reply, windows detects the DVI screen but it is not allowed to display anything (if the HDMI is plugged, taking it's place) for some reason. So I need to buy a different cable or something if there truly is no solution. sigh
This person has similar complaint about hooking up three monitors and only two work on your GPU card. They gave a couple of suggestions that may work for you.:
That thread answers to all questions, thanks.
I learned I should an adapter and leave the HDMI slot be, but these exist:
from DVI to 2x DVI
or from DVI to DVI and HDMI
Which one should I get if it matters?
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You haven't done this... It makes it tough to help without it.
what inputs do your monitors have?
Is this the MSI 270x?
If you want to run 3 monitors you'll need to use the display port.
Normally you'd use the outputs that are in a line. i.e. the displayport, hdmi, dvi.
Hello thank you for replying.
It shouldn't matter if its MSI, but my GPU is Asus version.
I have 2 typical monitors, they have DVI and VGA
And 1 typical TV screen:
- 2 x HDMI Connection/s
- 1 x Component Video Connection/s
- 1 x RGB Scart Connection/s
- PC Input
But its very hard to reach inputs other than HDMI at the side because they are blocked by a wall rack atm..
Yeah, I didn't know what was display port my question was a bit foolish..
DVI out, HDMI out, displayport empty, DVI out
So I can just buy a displayport -> HDMI adapter then?
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It's best to use native ports as much as possible so..
- TV) 270's HDMI to HDMI on TV
- monitor 1) 270's DVI to monitor's DVI
- monitor 2) 270's Displayport to this adapter StarTech.com 3 foot DisplayPort to DVI Active Adapter Converter Cable - 3 ft (0.9m) Active DP to DVI M/M Cable for PC - … to monitor's DVI
Note the adapter is ACTIVE.
Use 270's outputs that are along the same line. Not the single DVI out of line.
This setup will give you 1, 2, or 3 working monitors in extended, duplicate or Eyefinity modes.
Displayport adapters can be problematic so buy from somewhere where they have a good exchange policy, just in case.
And lastly, it does matter which brand/model. As an example, some have 2 mini-display ports. AND your username 5ux, you're lucky to get any help with that.
Thank you Hardwood, well explained.
My username got changed, I hope we can find peace within us, someday, friend.
If you go to Windows Settings - Display. Do you see both monitors? If you do, you can either extend or duplicate the desktop to the second monitor. Seems like the HDMI monitor is default on your Windows 10 -Display.
No, I can't. I only see the disabled monitor gray in Win10 Display. Again, Windows does not let me use it.
Choosing to extend: "The display settings could not be changed. Please try different combination of settings."
Thank you for replying! (Edit: someone asked if disconnecting secondary DVI monitor enables primary DVI and HDMI, but deleted the message)
You are righ, it fixes the issue. I didnt think of that.
It makes my original claim of the drivers being at fault false, because the third monitor wasn't active.
I know there's different DVI cables and VGA is an option too. Maybe there's another way to set up the cables in order to make 3 monitors work?
Or is the problem in my GPU not being able to display more than 2?
Even if there's no solution, this helps a lot thanks.