Dual Graphics Cards

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Dual Graphics Cards

Postby Spectre660 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:42 pm

I am trying to run dual pcie Graphics cards in my X5000.
An Oland card in the pciex16 slot and a Radon HD6570 in a pci slot using a a pci topciex16 adapter .
Workbench starts displaying then the computer freezes at about the display of the Amidock items.
I have tried with WBstartup disabled and get the freeze.
I don't need the second Graphics card under AmigaOS 4.1 but for Linux .
Have been able to boot AmigaOS 4.1 update 1 ok with a pci Radeon 9250 as the second card in the pci slot.

Have sent some debug output to Hans de Ruiter and he says that the Radeon HD driver is loaded for only one graphics card.

I don't see anything wrong there. In fact, your log shows that the driver is only loaded for one graphics card. I see no debug entries for a second one, which means that the driver isn't even touching the second one.

Given that dual Radeon HD cards works on other systems, it's highly likely that the problem lies elsewhere. Perhaps UBoot doesn't initialise two PCIe graphics cards properly, resulting in an address conflict (e.g., both using the same IRQ or something).
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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby nbache » Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:23 pm

Do you have two Monitor files in Devs/Monitors? Are their BOARDNAME tooltypes different, when comparing the first CMPLENGTH characters?

IIRC, at least that is necessary for using dual cards. (Don't have any personal experience, though.)

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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby Spectre660 » Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:04 pm

I first tried the instructions for X1000 dual card usage which outlines this method.
Same results so I tried with all the monitor files removed form /Devs/Monitors with also had the same results.

nbache wrote:Do you have two Monitor files in Devs/Monitors? Are their BOARDNAME tooltypes different, when comparing the first CMPLENGTH characters?

IIRC, at least that is necessary for using dual cards. (Don't have any personal experience, though.)

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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby Spectre660 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:01 pm

Managed to get Dual Graphics cards working under Linux and have the X5000 boot ok under AmigaOS 4.1FE update 1.
The Second Graphics card may have to have less than 1GB of ram. Possibly also less than 512MB . or thhe other device in the pciex or pci slots may not function.
Tested with cards with 256M. Have not tested a 51B card yet. May retest with a 1GB card also as I now have a SoundBlaster Live installed.
Works with a PCI Radeon 9250 or Pciex1 card. Also a pciex16 card via a PCI to pciex16 adapter (Slower Option).
Have full 3D acceleration under Linux and plus a RadeonHD SI card under AMIGAOS 4.1

So Working Radeon FireMV 2250 256MB pciex1 as second video card in pciex1 slot under Linux.
Card is RV516 so only does OpenGl 2.1 .
Games like SuperTuxKart need OpenGl 3.1 or better to work properly.
Next up to test a FireMV 2260 256MB pciex1 which does OpenGl 3.3 .
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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby JohnFante » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:53 pm

Great work :-) Please keep us informed of your progress.

Btw: Does anybody know how much power a X5000 draws? I am unsure if I have enough power to install a second card.

I have a high quality but also rather small power supply installed (Enermax 450W) and a R9 270X 2GB graphics card.

http://www.sapphiretech.com/productdeti ... C&lang=eng

The card draws 180 max.

For the FireMV 2260 it only says: Low power consumption.

https://www.amd.com/Documents/ATI_FireM ... _Sheet.pdf

I have a couple of HDD's installed and a DVD, plus a network card and a SATA card but that is that.

I am not really there where I wwant to install a new power supply right now.
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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby Spectre660 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:18 pm

Under AmigaOS 4.1FE Update1 my system uses approximately 121W. Radeon R7-250 running the Warp3D Nova Logo demo .
Under Ubuntu 16.04 approximately 90W. ATI FireMV 2250 running Torcs racing game in a window.
(Graphics not properly render due to the older OpenGl capabilities of the video card).
The 2 graphics cards plus 2 SATA hard drives drives ,PCI Sound Blaster Live, pciex1 SATA controller for Linux , PCI 8139 ethernet card via a pice to PCI adapter .
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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby JohnFante » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:27 pm

Spectre660 wrote:Under AmigaOS 4.1FE Update1 my system uses approximately 121W. Radeon R7-250 running the Warp3D Nova Logo demo .
Under Ubuntu 16.04 approximately 90W. ATI FireMV 2250 running Torcs racing game in a window.
(Graphics not properly render due to the older OpenGl capabilities of the video card).
The 2 graphics cards plus 2 SATA hard drives drives ,PCI Sound Blaster Live, pciex1 SATA controller for Linux , PCI 8139 ethernet card via a pice to PCI adapter .


121W for the whole system including thg r7-250? Da.. that is not much.

And only 90 on ubuntu ...

Well that should leave plenty of room for another GFX card besides my 270X.
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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby Spectre660 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:30 pm

Some more combination due for testing :
Need to test a 512MB card and well as a powered pciex1 to pciex16 riser cable.
If either or both work in various combinations then there will be many more options available to us.
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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby Spectre660 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:40 pm

Note that the only sound card options that I got to work under Amigaos 4.1 with the dual graphics card pciex1 combo are either a PCI Sound Blaster Live or a pciex1 Envy24ht card. CMI 8738 PCI cards wont work (Even ones that work ok with a single graphics card configuration).
Only 1 PCI slot seems usable at a time. (Tested ok only with the Sound Blaster so don't know if a PCI SATA cards will work as the single PCI card)
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Re: Dual Graphics Cards

Postby daveyw » Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:08 am

JohnFante wrote:Btw: Does anybody know how much power a X5000 draws?


I posed a similar question on Amigaworld last year.

http://amigaworld.net/modules/newbb/vie ... forum=33&8
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