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Old 05-21-2007, 11:13 PM   #1
butters33
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dual/triple monitor setup?


Hi!

How could I go about dual monitor setup for Linux. I'm getting a new linux box, after having not used Linux in years (since early Slackware), and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions in terms of hardware that would be compatible and able to do this. Also, how hard is it accomplish this? I know it is possible, and have googled it already, but I was looking for some more comprehensive answers. I'm looking to spend about 500 dollars tops. I already have the monitors.

Thanks for your time,

Butters
 
Old 05-22-2007, 02:05 AM   #2
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Hi!

How could I go about dual monitor setup for Linux. I'm getting a new linux box, after having not used Linux in years (since early Slackware), and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions in terms of hardware that would be compatible and able to do this. Also, how hard is it accomplish this? I know it is possible, and have googled it already, but I was looking for some more comprehensive answers. I'm looking to spend about 500 dollars tops. I already have the monitors.

Thanks for your time,

Butters
I highly recommend NVIDIA cards. I have a NVIDIA Go 6800 (Laptop) with has the LCD screen (obviously), s video, normal video (15 pin) and a DV connection. All for I believe about 150. I had an ATI X300 which was not very supported at the time (about a year ago), however they are getting more 'linux friendly'. However I must say I like the NVIDIA line more. Just my thoughts out there. Goodluck!

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Old 05-22-2007, 07:04 AM   #3
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I also have a laptop with the Nvidia GO7400 (dell, D820) running FC 6, I use Dual 20" Flat Panels connected to my docking station. One is via sgva, the other is DVI. Fedora sees the SVGA as a CRT (not really sure why, and I haven't cared enough to fix it, because it works fine), it sees the DVI correctly as a Flat Panel LCD. When I boot outside of the docking station, the internal LCD pops on correctly. In fact it doesn't actually turn off until the Nvidia driver loads @ boot just before X.

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I highly recommend NVIDIA cards. I have a NVIDIA Go 6800 (Laptop) with has the LCD screen (obviously), s video, normal video (15 pin) and a DV connection. All for I believe about 150. I had an ATI X300 which was not very supported at the time (about a year ago), however they are getting more 'linux friendly'. However I must say I like the NVIDIA line more. Just my thoughts out there. Goodluck!

DragonM15
 
Old 05-22-2007, 08:47 AM   #4
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Yes, if you are wanting three moniters, i would have to suggest an Nvidia card with 2 outputs, and another one, of the same series(7xxx 6xxx 5xxx 8xxx).SLI pci-e would be an option, or my friend has three lcds, one 5950 with 2mons on it and a 5200 pci card with one moniter on it. He gets good 3d acceleration accross all three screens.

But i would have to say Nvidia all the way.
 
  


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