Windows 8.1 triple monitors – can't enable all 3 at the same time

All we need is an easy explanation of the problem, so here it is.

Today decided to update from Win8 Pro to Win8.1.

Everything was fine with enabled 3 monitors (Extended mode, not Eyefinity) at the same time. But after update can’t enable 3d monitor, only 2 could be enabled at the same time.

Did current things before write question here:

  • Remove all drivers, reboots, re-installs
  • Different cable input’s and orders of enabling
  • Tried to enable each monitor from Catalyst and Windows Screen Resolution


  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • XFX HD7970
  • 3 of LG E2442


  • 2 DVI
  • 1 HDMI

Googled for many time and found one of possible solution is to buy ACTIVE mini DisplayPort to DVI/HDMI, but maybe there are some another more simple solutions?

How to solve :

I know you bored from this bug, So we are here to help you! Take a deep breath and look at the explanation of your problem. We have many solutions to this problem, But we recommend you to use the first method because it is tested & true method that will 100% work for you.

Method 1

Before buying miniDP to DVI adapter, I tested with Ubuntu booted from USB and, as was expected – it worked even without AMD drivers, all 3 monitors, like a charm.

So, seems that Windows 8.1 changed some configs and now it try to autoconfig only Eyefinity mode, even if it’s disabled, or something…

Also, report this bug to Microsoft would be nice 🙂

P.S. Problem resolved with miniDP to DVI adapter. Final cable set is:

  • DVI
  • DVI
  • ACTIVE mini Display Port to DVI adapter

Update: [Solution 2] Also works without mini Display Port, just unplug your GPU from Motherboard for some time and then re-plug it and all monitors.

Note: Use and implement method 1 because this method fully tested our system.
Thank you 🙂

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