Today I got a new Sapphire Radeon HD 4670. I've attached two monitors into the DVI and D-SUB ports and connected my TV into the HDMI port (so essentially three monitors are connected).

So far the card is working perfectly, except for one thing I don't understand. All three monitors show up as potential displays in the "Screen Resolution" menu (I'm running Windows 7 64-bit) but one of them is blacked out, meaning it won't let me use it. More accurately put, it will let me use any two of the three to display/extend my desktop, but not all of them. What could be the problem?

Here's a screenshot from my main display:

display settings

I read something on here about something you can buy called a DisplayPort. Would that solve this problem or is there a less costly way?

  • A "DisplayPort" isn't a thing - it's a video connector just like VGA or DVI or HDMI. The electronics are such that a lot of cards only support more than 2 outputs if you're using DisplayPort, though, which may be what you heard. – Shinrai Feb 24 '11 at 15:24

You can only connect 2 monitors at once on a Radeon HD 4000 series card. Starting with the 5000 series cards, you can connect 3+ monitors, but can only have a maximum of two devices connected via HDMI, DVI or VGA. A third and any additional monitors require using a DisplayPort, which is a port on the card. Your card likely doesn't have one; as such, you are limited to two monitors.

See this post on ATI Radeon Eyefinity - 3 monitors for information on using 3+ displays on a supported card. It looks like for the card you have though, you are limited to just two monitors, unfortunately. If it's not too late to return the card, you may want to get a 5000 series card instead if you must use three monitors.

  • I am experiencing the same problem. I have an AMD R9 200 Series graphic card, it has 2 DVI, 1 DisplayPort, and 1 HDMI port. Am I still just limited to two monitors? My current monitors only have HDMI/DVI capability. – NuWin Jan 1 '16 at 1:27
  • @NuWin same thing applies to the R9 series. For >2 monitors you need DisplayPort. – nhinkle Jan 1 '16 at 3:29
  • thanks for the reply, so I guess I have to buy a DVI to DisplayPort adapter, would this suffice? – NuWin Jan 1 '16 at 3:34
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    @NuWin an adapter would work; however you will probably need an active DP adapter. See this conversation here: superuser.com/q/118957/20088 – nhinkle Jan 2 '16 at 4:50
  • @NuWin how did you get this to work? I'm trying the same thing and having trouble. – MichelleJS Mar 20 '16 at 19:33

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