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Old 03-15-2005, 10:52 PM   #1
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Dual monitors With Fluxbox .. slight problems


Well... heres my hardware layout:

64M DDR ATI All-In-Wonder Video card. Have it set to run at 1280x1024 24bit on my 17" Flat Panel. The second Video card is a 4M Trident card set to run at 1024x768 24bit on my 15" Flat Panel.

Running Gentoo Linux with Xorg 6.8.0 and Flubox 0.9.12 with xinerama support compiled in for both.

The above setup works fine when running KDE so I know for sure that Xorg doesnt have any problems or least none that KDE doesnt compensate for anyway. I do not want to use KDE, Gnome, or elightenment as my desktop enviroment. Ever since I first started using fluxbox I cant get away from it.. its just so nice. The issue im having is that fluxbox will display correctly on the 4M card showing the 1024x768 resolution and such, but on the ATI card fluxbox displays at 1024x768 as well. Now even stranger is that while fluxbox displays at that lower resolution windows such as gaim, firefox, xchat, gimp, etc... all come up correctly displayed as they would on a system running at 1280x1024. So I guess what seems to be happening is that fluxbox picks the lower of the two resolutions and uses that for both displays even though Xorg is running different resolutions on both.

As I said before KDE runs correctly (and omitted posting the xorg.conf becuase it works) so I assume fluxbox is the problem here and I've been told before fluxbox has issues with dual monitor setups. The VERY FIRST time I ran fluxbox with the dual monitor setup this way it worked like I wanted, after shutting X down (not changing anything) and starting it back up it does this. Ive even went as far as only listing the disired modes in xorg.conf but still will not give me the higher resolution on the 17" monitor.

Is there a way to tell fluxbox what resolution to use other than the xorg.conf file? Any patches to fix this or workarounds? Anyone know of any other light weight window managers that support the dual monitors better?


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Old 03-15-2005, 11:36 PM   #2
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First of all I had trouble reading your specs, and have no idea about two monitors.
(Maybe have more paragraphs, plus highlight some important things, and also this thread would fit better in the "Linux - Hardware" Forum)

So have you tried blackbox?

Also is it a new xorg (X11R)? If not try a new stable version.

(Next time keep in mind to save your xorg file.)

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Old 03-16-2005, 12:53 PM   #3
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Well I rewrote the thread for you shotokan, though I clearly stated what version of xorg I was using and the hardware info. As for what topic to put this under.. it really doesnt fit under "Linux - Hardware" as its not a hardware issue at all. The hardware works as I stated above.
"(Next time keep in mind to save your xorg file.)" and for why you said that I have no clue...

And I have not tried blackbox, from what I understand fluxbox is baseed blackbox with added features. So I would think it would better support dual monitors. But I will try it just as soon as I get home.
 
Old 03-16-2005, 06:35 PM   #4
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Well in slackware in there is a /etc/X11/xorg.conf file that holds your xorg configuration. If you save it (back it up on CD or Floppy) you will have it when you reinstall linux. In some cases use it for a different linux distro and/or version of xorg.

It seems your having an issue with the different resolutions and such witch is a hardware problem even though it works. But, I can see why you put it in general though.

Plus there are tags you can use to highlight stuff like the version of your xorg or the two monitors your using, or your xorg settings with say colors, boldness, and many other variations. I recommend trying these.

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Old 03-16-2005, 07:07 PM   #5
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There is nothing wrong with the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file. If there had been KDE would not work work as I wanted it. The problem lies with fluxbox. Not to offend you or anything but by reading what you said I dont think you know enough to help me with the problem at hand.

Your comments about the xorg.conf file did make me recheck it one last time and realize even though I compiled xinerama support for xorg I did not add the entry into xorg.conf to load it. I will try that then try out blackbox then recompile yet again without xinerama and see how things go.
 
  


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