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Old 12-02-2012, 01:06 PM   #16
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Cascade9,

I understand, that it maybe a monitor problem. However Windows does the dual monitor full screen. The second monitor in this case is a tv. Since, Netflix will only work in Windows it's not a big problem.

I have a fairly powerful desktop. I want a lap-top, because I occasionally do live preformance involving edited videos and original sound trks.. I tried using a desktop but the set-up/break down is a pain! I've had several fairly high-powered desk-top systems, but I've never had a lap-top, so I want to try one out (plus, it's the only way to do 'live' stuff).

I guess the way to go is to purchase something I think will work. Then, I'll find out! Of course I'll be posting in this forum trying to get it work like I want. Hopefully that wont be too hard.

Thanks for getting back.
 
Old 12-03-2012, 03:40 AM   #17
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With the 'small' full screen, have you run randr on it to see what the resolution is?
 
Old 12-03-2012, 12:01 PM   #18
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Business_kid,

I didn't run that program, but I did know the resolution. The tv and the monitor have different resolutions, but that's the only way it will work.

Do you think the resolution has meaning to the problem. Anyway, I don't care that much about the full screen via linux on the TV.

Hopefully, the lap-top I buy will run win and linux and not be a big headache!!
 
Old 12-04-2012, 03:23 AM   #19
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Sounds like they're both getting the same video modes.
I made up something i xorg.conf.d describing 2 monitors (main screen 1280x800, external monitor 1440x900) and described each specifying a PrefferedMode for each monitor, and it would give a duplicate picture on each at different resolutions. So X can do it. Mine's a crappy Radeon RS690. It might heplp you. If the aspect ratio of your monitors is different, I think it's a different story.
 
Old 12-04-2012, 02:25 PM   #20
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Business_kid,

Sorry I can't see what you wrote. How do I access it (probably something I overlooked).
 
Old 12-05-2012, 10:14 AM   #21
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I meant something like this as video.conf in xorg.conf.d/ (and no xorg.conf)

Section Device
...
...
Your video card details
...
...
EndSection
Section Monitor
...
...
Your Laptop Screen Details
PreferredMode "1280x800"
...
...
EndSection
Section Monitor
...
...
Your External Monitor details
PreferredMode "1440x900"
...
...
EndSection

<End of file>
I threw in my PreferredModes just to give you the idea. Don't specify a Virtual, unless you want left/right screens. Man xorg.conf is your friend.
 
Old 12-05-2012, 01:57 PM   #22
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Business_Kid,

At the risk of sounding stupid (f*ck shouldn't care about that - happens too often) I'll admit I don't know how to run that command. Or is it a command? How do I run it? IF it's from the terminal shoot me the exact code, if it's from a gui - tell me more about where it is.

I will gladly pull up that info.

A computer store in Chicago had an i7 on sale for 425.00usd - somehow I missed it and found out after it was sold-out!!
 
Old 12-05-2012, 02:26 PM   #23
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This sort of thing might do something for you.

Code:
Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Nvidia Something"
    Driver      "nvidia"  #presuming a binary blob
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier  "My Screen" 
    PreferredMode  "1600x900"  # or whatever your internal screen is.
EndSection
Section "Monitor"
    Identifier  "External Monitor"
    PreferredMode  "1920x1080"  # or whatever your external monitor is.

EndSection
save it as /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/video.conf

When you look at 'man xorg.conf' you'll see that there are other things you can specify. Just take the choices from the sections I have up there - Device (Graphics card) and Monitor. For the monitors, you can specify
Option "Left"
or right, top, & bottom. If you don't have the external monitor, X just ignores all that.
 
Old 12-05-2012, 02:38 PM   #24
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busKid,

Lot of info. in the man pages. I'll have to read through and find the read-outs that you have writen. I've never used this before, so it might take me awhile to figure out.
 
Old 12-05-2012, 02:55 PM   #25
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Bus_kid,

I'm sorry but there's just too much info. in the man pages. There's so much to read and most of it is abstract to me! I've forgotten why I'm even reading all these details. What am I supposed to do once I read all this info.?? What applies to what I'm doing and oh yeah what am I doing??

I appreciate you taking your time to ask or tell me these things, but I don't know exactly what to run or what commannd to use. What exact commands would you have me run. Just reading the man. pages on xorg. (although interesting) is confusing me, as to what I'm doing this for exactly.

What info. are you specifically looking for me to find??? Once I find it, what do I do with it and why??
 
Old 12-05-2012, 09:28 PM   #26
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Business_Kid,

Sorry about my frustration, I was ill prepared for all the info. got lost didn't really know what I was doing etc..

Although that is probably still true I have figured out - some stuff.

I have found the xorg.conf fill and read it using a txt editor.

Section "Monitor"

# HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "TOSHIBA-TV"
HorizSync 31.0 - 64.0
VertRefresh 59.0 - 61.0
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"

# HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
Identifier "Monitor1"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "Mitac LCD MONITOR"
HorizSync 30.0 - 80.0
VertRefresh 60.0 - 75.0
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Device0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce 7600 GS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Device1"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce 7600 GS"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
Screen 1
EndSection

Section "Screen"

# Removed Option "TwinView" "0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: 1280x1024 +0+0"
# Removed Option "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "CRT-1"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: 1440x900_60 +1024+0, DFP: 1024x768_60 +0+0"
# Removed Option "TwinView" "1"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: 1440x900_60 +1280+0, DFP: 1280x720 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: 1440x900_60 +0+0"
# Removed Option "TwinView" "0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "DFP: 1024x768_60 +0+0"
# Removed Option "TwinView" "1"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: 1440x900 +1024+0, DFP: 1024x768_60 +0+0"
# Removed Option "TwinView" "0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "DFP: 1024x768_60 +0+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "DFP: 1024x768_60 +0+0, CRT: 1360x768 +1024+0"
# Removed Option "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +1440+0, DFP: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Device0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "TwinView" "1"
Option "TwinViewXineramaInfoOrder" "DFP-0"
Option "metamodes" "CRT: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0, DFP: 1280x960 +0+0"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
EndSubSection
EndSection

Now I can write a new .conf file and install that - but is it necessary? Although my monitor says Acer it reads out as a Mitak. What is the next step??
 
Old 12-06-2012, 04:49 AM   #27
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I don't think you need a Screen section, or the second Device Section, and I would use the

PreferredMode "HORxVER" e.g. "1440x900"

in each Monitor Section. That gets saved as /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/video.conf or some such file ending in .conf. Then restart X.
 
Old 12-06-2012, 01:17 PM   #28
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B_K,

Okay, I'll try what you suggest. However, I found out something (paying more attention)! The malady of not going full screen in Linux seems to be true on youtube. On both Hulu and Netflix the full screen works. So it maybe the programming used on some of these video sites.

Thanks for all the info.. I learned more about 'X' etc..
 
  


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