I choosed to use HDMI on the other side for easier cable management through the inner tubes of the 6 monitor mount
(the picture doesn't make it justice, the real thing is super sturdy and of very fine quality build, with very nicely done hollow tubes to run the cables from the inside), because the DVD-D connector is too big to fit through the holes of the Hex Monitor mount.
Running Win7 x64 with 12-3 catalyst drivers
maximum i can only manage to power on 4 monitors, but windows only lets me use 2 monitors at a time it's having trouble detecting the 6th monitor, the 5th monitor i need to change another cable as it seems like a cable issue with #5
but regardless of that It should at the very least let me use my 4 monitor if i physically disconnect the cables on the other 2 problematic ones, yet Win7 will still not let me use more than 2 monitors, so what's the deal with that?
If i go to Screen chooser in Win7 or from Within Catalyst Desktop Manager, all 5 monitors shows up, but it wont let me use them all, not even as separate desktops.
i can do a combination of 2 anything
2x DVD-D or 2x DP, or 1 DP + 1 DVD-D
but it wont let me use all 4 at any given time 😞
it's been driving me nuts for the past couple of days
I want to enjoy my new rig, but can't do that until i get this thing sorted out.
I just got hold of 4 DP to DVI-D just for troubleshooting shakes, but i'm sure it won't make any difference.
I've individually tested each monitor, and each port DP & DVI all 6 monitor are fine, if i hook them up using either of the active DP or DVI ports
Testing each DP port i found 3 out of the 4 working, 1 of them is not detecting the monitor for whatever reason, but in windows if i hit Detect displays button, then it comes up as unknown "VGA" monitor, which obviously is wrong, as the same monitor is properly detect by any of the other 5 ports.
both DVI-D ports are working perfectly
All cables are working fine, except for 2 seems to be too lose on the Displayport end, they will work fine if i plug them in properly, otherwise they won't get detected properly; i'll be changing them all back to DVI-D later today, so i'll be pulling all the cables out again regardless 😛
i've been reviewing all the setup over and over again, that's why now i've decided to go back to the Mfg suggested "DVI-D" configuration, just for the heck of troubleshooting and get this to rest
if it works, then i'll be getting the proper cable lengths for my setup as the ones that came with the monitors are too short for this type of setup.
So, I finally got "Eyefinity 6" running properly and the way i want it to., and our guest was right, the SWITCH documentation was really wrong! it was the opposite side.
(however drivers issues still remains, but i'll save that for another story)
Right at boot up, you only get 1 and 4 during the BIOS POST
Then inside win7 this is how the monitors shows up "logical" representation
and the drivers confirm the same
but physically the monitors are lined up as:
5 - 3 - 1 6 - 4 - 2
needless to say everything was out of whack, and before we move on further just wanted to make a comment about using Display ports only / DVI-D ports only
when only the 2x DVI-D ports are in use, it comes up as: monitor 5 = 2 monitor 6 = 1
when only the 4 DP ports are in use, it comes up as the picture above just with 5 & 6 missing.
when i plugged them in, i did it sequentially
using this pic as reference it'll be: DP 4 ..... DP 3 ..... DVI-D 6 DP 2 ..... DVI-D 5 DP 1 .....
which corresponds to win7 monitors: DP 4 = 3 ..... DP 3 = 1 ..... DVI-D 6 = 5 (1 when using DVI-D only) DP 2 = 2 ..... DVI-D 5 = 6 (2 when using DVI-D only) DP 1 = 4 .....
So, in the end i made the cables play the music chair game, to finally have it set up the way i like them to be in order bottom row for main, and top row for less important stuff
All of the above "home work" was necessary before creating the actual Eyefinity display area (virtual desktop 6:1)
5760 x 2160
Additional info regarding cables / adapters
DVI-D .......... DVI-D DVI-D .......... DVI-D DP .......... DVI-D (via Active Link adapter) DP .......... DVI-D (via Active Link adapter) DP .......... DVI-D (via Active Link adapter) DP .......... DVI-D (via Active Link adapter)
apparently the original problem i had about being limited to 2 monitor was due the missing Active Link adapters, which is a PITA
so even after win7 was able to detect all 6 monitors after flipping the switch, it would still not let me use all 6 of them at once, because they were not using an Active Adapter
(*Take Note: as this little piece of information was never expressed or highlighted the importance of it well enough on all the review blogs/forums and other web postings, etc..
so again, windows will not let you use all 6 monitors even if you have everything perfectly setup and all 6 monitors detected and usable in groups of 2, if the DP ports are not using the annoying Active converters appendage)
so the absolute only time you can ignore and bypass those stupid adapters / dongles is when your LCD/LED monitor has a DisplayPort input, in which you will run a
DP .......... DP
level 1 completed lets move on to level 2 (find a stable driver for 7970 on xfire)
just made additional changes to my rig that stuff that was on the previous photo are now sitting in my HTPC
this is my current gaming rig
RAMPAGE IV Formula + i7-3960X on Corsair H80, to keep it at 41c running 4.7Ghz
unfortunately i can't no longer use the RAM fans that came with the G.skill set due the odd CPU / RAM slot design on the Rampage iv formula.
anyways back on topic regarding Eyefinity and HD7970-DC2T-3GD5 seems like the only stable drivers are 11.2 anything else it just hangs, or crashes randomly, even the latest 12.4 beta drivers 12.3 i can't even boot Win7 properely
the only problem with 11.2 is that it has no control over the fans crossfire and eyefinity works good on 11.2 works with most games at least, but still fails to finish a 3DMark bench test