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Old 10-19-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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Fedora 9: recommend dual monitor graphics card?


I was wondering if anyone knows of a dual monitor graphics card that works properly straight out of the box with Fedora 9?
I've just spent the whole weekend wrestling with an nvidia quadro nvs280 card and I've now given up, so I'd rather just buy a card that's known to work with dual monitors. I only need res like 1024x768 for a couple of old CRT monitors, nothing fancy. AGP or PCI doesn't matter.
Thanks for any pointers.
 
Old 10-19-2008, 06:13 PM   #2
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I was wondering if anyone knows of a dual monitor graphics card that works properly straight out of the box with Fedora 9?
I've just spent the whole weekend wrestling with an nvidia quadro nvs280 card and I've now given up, so I'd rather just buy a card that's known to work with dual monitors. I only need res like 1024x768 for a couple of old CRT monitors, nothing fancy. AGP or PCI doesn't matter.
Thanks for any pointers.
Nvidia cards work out of the box. Maybe try to describe your problem and post your xorg.conf in pastebin and direct us to it. Anyway, a pretty basic xorg.conf file should do. And nvidia-settings can write one for you if you don't want to get your hands dirty.

Your card model is supported without any doubt on the last release, so, make sure you are using the latest driver.

http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_18897.html

Otherwise, I don't know what to suggest to you. ATi is not an option if you plan to use xinerama, believe me, you will only get problems and even if you can make it work with the latest driver, you are going to have lots of stability issues.

Intel cards works well (though they are not particularly powerful). But I don't know if they offer the support to plug two monitors.

EDIT: There you are my xorg.conf file for a twinview setup. It should just work out of the box but take a look and setup your resolutions correctly. The rest shouldn't need any extra setup, but, once again: make sure you get the latest drivers.

http://jesgue.homelinux.org/other-files/xorg.conf

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Old 10-20-2008, 07:57 AM   #3
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thanks for your response.
I found some stuff about livna drivers so I installed them and I'm now having limited success with this nvidia quadro card. By messing about with xorg.conf I've managed to get an image on the second monitor but the res is far from ideal and as I scroll the mouse across the screen(s) there's a missing section between the two monitors.
Below is a copy of my xorg config. Both monitors seem to be jammed on 1280x1024. Any help to configure this correctly would be appreciated.

'# Xorg configuration created by livna-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "single head configuration"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "AIGLX" "on"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# keyboard added by rhpxl
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "gb"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor1"
VendorName "Monitor Vendor"
ModelName "Packard Bell Monitor"
HorizSync 31.5 - 61.0
VertRefresh 50.0 - 75.0
Option "dpms"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
Option "TwinView"
Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +1920+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0; DFP-0: 1024x768 +1920+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0; DFP-0: 800x600 +1920+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "Enable"
EndSection'

Last edited by tonj; 10-20-2008 at 01:42 PM.
 
Old 10-21-2008, 08:37 AM   #4
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For diagnosing purposes, it might also be useful to look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log. Look for lines starting with (WW) and (EE).
 
  


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