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Old 04-25-03, 01:51 PM   #4
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Default TwinView and DAC support

Some GeForce2 cards support TwinView and some do not support TwinView, depending on how the OEM manufacturer implements the DACs. All GeForce2 class GPUs have two DACs, DAC A and DAC B. Each DAC can drive one analog display. TwinView requires one display on DAC A and one display on DAC B.

A TV port is supported only on DACB for all NVIDIA GPUs. If an OEM puts an SVideo, RCA, or VIVO connector on a card, it is invariably on DAC B.

A VGA port is supported on both DAC A and DAC B. If the manufacturer provides a VGA port on DAC A, then TwinView is available using <VGA> on DAC A with <TV or VGA> on DAC B.

If the manufacturer puts a VGA port on DAC B and also a TV connector on DAC B, then output is possible for only one display at a time. This is likely how your hardware is manufactured. No driver can make DAC B drive two displays with different images.

One way to verify whether your card has both TV and VGA ports on DAC B is to check it out on the Windows Display control Panel. If the Advanced control panel for your device has "Device Selection" instead of "TwinView " then both ports are using DAC B.

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