need help: multi GPU set up with GTX260 + 8800 GTS need help: multi GPU set up with GTX260

I installed GTX260 on the lower slot bcoz it was too big to fit in the first (pushing the RAM fans) - as a result, my computer (with only one monitor) sees it as

Display 1,2: 8800GTS (320MB)
Display 3,4: GTX260

I have set Display 3 as primary and extended display to Display 1 (but no monitor attached) The other displays are inactive.

Here are the problems I am having:

  1. I cannot see anything at boot up (at Display 3) - until inside Vista (Ultimate 64bit SP1)
  2. When I try to set PhysX Properties, I see “No AGEIA PhysX Processor Installed”, nothing under PhysX Processor, I can see Installed PhysX Engines 2.8.1.
  3. Setting: I see “GTX260 <-Primary Display GPU” and I already pressed “OK” as Administrator to choose the 8800 GTS for PhysX Device Selection

I am using 177.92 for both cards. My computer is:

4GB DDR2 1066 Corsair
Gigabyte GA-X38-DS5 (this does NOT support SLI - this is is a crossfire motherboard)
TotheMax 950W
ViewSonic 26" 1920x1200

I am in Hong Kong and people know little about this - please help! I feel stupid after adding GTX260 to my existing 8800GTS - which doesn’t seem like much improvement so at least I am hoping I can try PhysX and CUDA. I still have 6-days left to exchange GTX260 for 4870x2 (paying double). Since my motherboard doesn’t support SLI, it seems like a waste to take out 8800GTS and use 4870x2 exclusively on my ‘old’ computer - but at least when I assemble a new computer in Christmas, I will be able to put back 8800GTS into this one and use 4870x2 on the new one (with faster C2D instead of Quad, faster DDR3 Ram, faster FSB motherboard)

Or - is this even a sillier idea? I’m just so confused and my Chinese isn’t that good here so I’m having a hard time explaining what I want to do. I don’t play Crysis or any online games/mmorpg, I don’t expect 60fps - but with my 8800GTS, I am slowing with even old games like Never Winter Nights 2 and Witcher at 1900x1200. And I really want to play Dragon Age, Diablo 3 and Rise of the Argonauts at HD.

Please please help…

When I look at System Properties - I see GTX260 running at much lower clock rate [b]than 8800GTS! Is this normal? Here is the copy:

NVIDIA System Information report created on: 09/15/2008 07:37:38
System name: Q6600-VISTA64[/b]

Processor: Intel® Core™2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (2538 MHz)
Operating System: Windows Vista ™ Ultimate, 64-bit (Service Pack 1)
DirectX version: 10.0
GPU processor: GeForce 8800 GTS
Driver version: 177.92
Stream processors: 96
Core clock: 513 MHz
Memory clock: 792 MHz (1584 MHz data rate)
Memory interface: 320-bit
Total available graphics memory: 2111 MB
Dedicated video memory: 320 MB
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 1791 MB
Video BIOS version:
IRQ: 16
Bus: PCI Express x16
GPU processor: GeForce GTX 260
Driver version: 177.92
Stream processors: 192
Core clock: 301 MHz
Memory clock: 100 MHz (200 MHz data rate)
Memory interface: 448-bit
Total available graphics memory: 2687 MB
Dedicated video memory: 896 MB
System video memory: 0 MB
Shared system memory: 1791 MB
Video BIOS version: 62.00.0E.00.03
IRQ: 0
Bus: PCI Express x16 Gen2


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