So it has been almost a year, Nothing new learned about 3D stereo photography, but I learned a lot about 3D stereo computers and monitors, like they are getting much harder to find, everyone is into VR for gaming and videos, but 360 degree cameras needed for VR are a wee bit extremely pricey right now. So I am sticking to 3D stereo photography.
However in spring of last year I had a computer crash and once fixed, the computer still remained somewhat unstable, so time to replace it.
The short part of this story is you can indeed do Stereo using Nvidia 3D vision on a Nvidia Quadro graphics card with only Display Port type Display Ports (and no that is not a typo), I am still trying to find out if I can do it with DP to DP connectors on both ends, but I can do it with a DP to active DVI-D adapter.
The long version;
So there I was needing a new computer system capable of doing 3D stereo image processing, viewing, and editing, so deciding that I don't need to haul around a large workstation-class laptop anymore as I am not traveling very often, and finding that I would have trouble finding a laptop with 3D capability anyway, I decided a regular workstation would be acceptable.
After doing some initial research it came down to two company's computers Dell or Lenovo. I don't trust Lenovo because the US military doesn't trust Lenovo with good reason, they have been found to have hardwired backdoors built in (don't know if they still have them, I don't care, that is a non-starter for me).
So that left Dell, Dell had some 3D stereo capable computers, so I called up Dell and tried to get one. The customer service agent was basically clueless and the supervisor I was passed to not much better when it came to 3D stereo capability. Anyway it was recommended a Dell precision tower with a Nvidia Quadro graphics card, which they sell to a lot of people doing 3D CAD drawings - not exactly the same, but power-wise should work.
And then I knew I needed a 3D monitor and Dell had two, one obsolete being withdrawn from production that was even more over priced than option two which was a brand new Alienware monitor that was supposed to be able to do 3D stereo. So I went great and after some discussions that they did not have the IR remote I would need (not being a built in capability like on a laptop), but I could get one from Nvidia and I would need a DP2 to DVI-D adapter, at the time I was like okay if I need it, I need it.
And then the troubles began...
Turns out, can't get the IR remote direct from Nvidia, have to get it from someone else. BH did not have it in stock at the time, so I went to Amazon, who had it, actually they didn't a 3rd party vendor had it, so I ordered it and it was suppose dot get to me in a week (when I ordered it), about 5 days later I get a notice that it will ship in a couple of weeks (It was currently Late May), then a few days before it was suppose dot ship I get another notice that it was delayed, but will ship in Mid August, well I had already ordered it, so I figured if I had to wait it must be hard to get as a lot of 3D stereo equipment is these days. Then in August, I get another delay in shipment notice to September (late September) at which point I check BH, who has it is stock now, so I cancel Amazon and buy it form BH. It shows up within 3 days.
Hook it up, load the software and check it out (not in that order), turns out it is indicating the computer is good, but the monitor isn't. At which point I find out Dell/Alienware have two different versions of the monitor and they sent me the wrong version for doing 3D viewing using the Nvidia system. Unfortunately too late to return Dell monitor, although I did contact them and got a response and we will see what we can do, no further response after that.
After doing extensive research that, in honesty, I should have done before I even went to Dell; I discover that first there are about 8 versions of the Quadro graphics card and I may have the wrong one, then further research that says it can be made to work anyway, but I have to actually have a 3D capable monitor. Adding misery Nvidia has not updated their compatibility list in like 2 to 3 years. So none of the monitors or computer systems listed are available anymore new. So I do some more research and find a combination that will work with the graphics card I already have. I call up BH as they have one that is way lower cost than the Dell solution I found (which is buying the correct more expensive monitor they should have sold me int he first place).
I ask many questions, but the most important one was can I return it if it doesn't actually work with my 3D system (the answer was yes). I had to ask because although the monitor said it was 3D compatible and used glasses, it did not say what kind of glasses. Nice part was BH has given me until 1 Jan to return the monitor, i am good with that.
So I get the monitor, hook it up, test out the stereo and failure, except the IR remote is saying it is a good monitor this time, just can't get it to actually do 3D stereo mode correctly.
More research, turns out the adapter Dell said I needed was not an active DVI-D adapter, so since BH didn't even list an active one, off to NewEgg this time, one week later I get in the adapter.
Hook it all up and Tah! Dah! stereo as it is supposed to be.
And then I go to check out my favorite 3D stereo software and I can't find the activation code to activate it on the new machine, so my favorite 3D editing software is currently not working, but at least I can create 3D images again and view them to make sure they have processed into good 3D sets. What I can not do is crop them while viewing in stereo right now, but progress has been made and at least I confirmed stereo does work with the Nvidia Quadro graphics card and the ACER GN276HL bid 27" monitor. And on top of it the Acer monitor actually looks better than the Alienware monitor
Now truly interesting tidbit is the Dell monitor started reacting almost like it could do 3D as well. More research and I find out that the cable set Dell sent me was not the best, I suspect that if I had received a DP to DP cable, instead of a DP to HDMI cable, it would have worked. As for the adapter Dell sent, pretty much useless waste of extra money spend, would have been potentially useful if they had sold/sent me the correct monitor. I will never know though. In the meantime I tried to find a DP to DP cable locally and no joy, I will have to order one online just to find out if my suspicions are correct.
But at least I have 3D stereo capability again on my photography computer.
And as a final rant, What moron named a display port cable connector "display port", I am good with VGA, SVGA, HDMI, S-video, DVI, DVI-D and USB, but not Display Port for the Display port? It is like having a 'Monitor' brand monitor or a "Car" brand car. or a "Photo" brand camera name.
thanks, story and rant over for now. I will try to remember to update when/if I get the DP to DP cable and try it out. I will be really upset at Dell if that was all I needed all along.