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2 video cards in device manager

By vegasgmc ยท 8 replies
Feb 25, 2004
  1. I just replaced my Radeon 8500 with a 9500. First there was a 9500 and 9500 secondary. I removed the secondary and reboted and now theres 2 9500's. Everything seems to be working ok other than that.
  2. Steg

    Steg TS Rookie Posts: 269

    wierd....thats odd
    my guess is that you didnt remove the drivers beford removing the 8500? In which case remove (uninstall) the current drivers and the remove both cards in device manager and reboot - that should sort it out.

  3. Th3M1ghtyD8

    Th3M1ghtyD8 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 664

    This is perfectly normal, there should be 2 instances of any ATi 9x00 * series card in device manager, due to the way the multi monitor feature works AFAIK.

    * - 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800 SE/Non-Pro/Pro/XT Versions

    To my knowledge this does not happen on the 8500, 9000, 9100, 9200 based cards.
  4. PreservedSwine

    PreservedSwine TS Rookie Posts: 325

    It may happen on any card w/ DUAL RAMDACS???:confused:

    But yes, it SHOULD read to instances:)
  5. lowman

    lowman TS Rookie Posts: 380

    2 Instances

    I believe that should be the case with ANY video card that has a multi-monitor feature...
  6. dani_17

    dani_17 TS Rookie Posts: 146

    It's normal.

    Which is also normal is that both instances don't have the same name. Normaly you have

    Radeon 9600
    Radeon 9600 Secondary

    Geforce 5700 #1
    Geforce 5700 #2

    And so on... but if both devices appear without a warning icon, and your pc works OK, then leave it like that.
  7. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Topic Starter Posts: 1,377

    I found out by accident its because this is a dual head card. Thanks anyway.
  8. CrashOmatic2000

    CrashOmatic2000 TS Rookie

    Yeah my ATI 9000 also has a secondary i didnt like seeing it there but all is well and i sorta took it as it had to be for the secondary monitor option.
  9. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 4,274

    Only one instance for me ( GF4 4200 ).

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