[Mageia-discuss] Dual Monitors

Florian Hubold doktor5000 at arcor.de
Wed Dec 28 19:33:28 CET 2011

Am 28.12.2011 18:33, schrieb John:
> On Tue, 27 Dec 2011 16:48:13 -0500
> TJ wrote:
>> Hmmm. I sent this earlier, but it's not showing yet, so I guess it was 
>> lost somewhere. If not, and I'm just not seeing it, please forgive the 
>> duplicate posting...
>> Currently using a Samsung P2350 1920x1080 monitor with the DVI port of 
>> an AGP 8x nVidia Geforce 6200OC video card from BFG. I'm using the 
>> proprietary driver from the repositories, and everything is working
>> great.
>> My nephew has a spare 19-inch flatscreen monitor, make, model, and 
>> resolution unknown to me, that he is willing to give to me to get it out 
>> of his house. I am considering connecting this to the D-sub port of the 
>> card as the second monitor, but in portrait mode. Not sure what I'd use 
>> it for, but the idea sounds intriguing.
>> Two questions:
>> 1. Is this possible in Mageia?
> Definitely :-) However there are a few 'gothas' to be aware of.
>> 2. How difficult is it?
> It's not too hard, you have to use the proprietry drivers for your video
> card. You have to expect to a few (possibly many) reboots before you get
> it running the way you want.
> I have only done this with Nvidia hardware, I don't know about others.
> I suggest you obtain the the actual drivers for you card from Nvidia as a
> fallback. (I don't need to use them at present but have in past)
> As in every thing do make sure you backup your /etc/X11/xorg.conf BEFORE
> you start - it's a real pain to have to restart your video configuration
> if you mess up :-)
Actually not true anymore. drakx11 makes backups, and you can also safely
remove it and start without, or let drakx11 recreate it from scratch. This only
applies if you are starting with an already-customized xorg.conf, which is
more an exception than the norm ;)
> Be aware that KDE and Gnome behave differently in this area. KDE 4.6 in
> Mageia 1 does not support separate (independant) desktops, Gnome does sort
> of, but it's messy getting it to work. Independant desktops DOES work in
> current cauldron.
> John (JohnR)

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