Two Video Cards in Console?

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https://bbs.archlinux.org – Hi,  I apologize if this may be kind of a dumb question;  I have two video cards; an ATI and an NVIDIA card;  My question is fairly basic; X11 aside, should I be able to plug both video cards in and get the 'console' to display by default out of both cards?  Do I have to do anything special to setup the second card for console (i.e non-X)?  I know the OS is detecting both cards because they show up in lspci.  The second card (the card in question), also shows up in dmesg.  I dont' care if the same video signal is displayed on the second monitor (HowTos)