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Old 02-09-2008, 08:20 AM   #1
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Dual Screen Set up

Okay Im new to Linux, but I want to fully switch over. I am trying to set up my dual screens on Ubunut 7.10, ones a NEC MultiSync LCD 1860NX and the other is a Dell UltraSharp. Both are LCD 18"s. MY graphics card is a EVGA 8800GS.

I am following this tutorial
, and I keep crashing and having to reinstall the OS again and again.. so can some one offer any suggestion and/or point me in the right direction?


Nvm I figured it out. Duh for me, but guess thats why I'm a newbie! lol

Last edited by hawaiisnowstorm; 02-09-2008 at 02:21 PM. Reason: fixed the problem myself
Old 02-14-2008, 03:10 PM   #2
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This should actually be rather easy with current nvidia drivers.

download the appropriate nvidia linux drivers for your card.

bring the system down to console only.

Log in as root & type:

sh <name of nvidia driver file>

Accept the license, say no to the ftp check, let the drivers compile a driver locally instead.

When it's finished, allow the installer to make the necessary changes to your xorg.conf file.

Once that's done, reboot, log in and run the nvidia configuration tool (under system tools) as root.

It should display both monitors, although one may be disabled.

apply the changes you want (resolution, xinerama) as required and click save.

The next time you restart X, it should be dual-head.

The one caveat I've found is that sometimes even if you run the nvidia config tool as root, because you're logged
in as a local user, it may not allow you to save the xorg file. In this case, just save it to your home directory, and as root, copy it into /etc/X11/ (after making a backup of the original xorg.conf)
Old 02-15-2008, 06:25 AM   #3
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Can you please send me some basics commands of linux.Because i am just starting
Old 02-15-2008, 11:14 PM   #4
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Hello ravijsmi,

Start here.


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