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How do I set the equivalent of "primay monitor" in Windows? I have the FCE spin ofFrodoa Core 18 (64-bit). I have an ATI HD 6000 serries(6540?) so I can't use RandR. I should have the latest fglx driver downloaded form the repestictoy (although the conrol center has 2009 Copyrihgt). Thank you!
Last edited by jamie marchant; 04-08-2013 at 12:25 PM.
Your question is somewhat confusing, since it refers to Windows (a Microsoft trademark).
Ignoring that, and assuming that you're using a X-server based Linux/GNU windowing system, you can set your default monitor(s) and layout in your xorg.conf file. Here's an example from my (Fedora 19) dual monitor setup, of which I'm currently using only one monitor:
It was generated by the Catalyst Control Pannel, changing "Screen" under "amdcccle-Device-1" just gives me two cloned displays. I think I should be useing aticonfig for this but I can't figure out what args to pass it(and the docs when you give no args don't help)
Hmm... maybe I should aks this on the ATI froum(if someone can't help me here)
I notice that you monitor sections both contain the Option "Position" "0 0" line. Those may be conflicting your absolute position settings in your "ServerLayout" section. Since they are unnecessary, try commenting them out and restarting you X-server.
I can change the "locaiton" of the monitor but I can't seem to make my monitor which is physically on the right the pimary one. I can't chagne the values to negative numbers, the best I can do is eather make the pyhiscal left monitor the pimary(which it is now) or the bigger right monitor the primary and drag things to the right to go to the monoiter on the left(which is a bit accword). For clerty I want the bigger right monitor to be the primay and I want to drag windows to the left smaller monitor. I don't know if this is possible, allthough I think I did it once in KDE with my laptop.
*** I know this paragph is confusing so I hope my bold text makes it more sane.***
The "Absolute" in implied in the position, and can be omitted. Note that my (larger) screen (the "Acer") is positioned to the "RightOf" the smaller screen, with no physical position specified.
In any case, I think you may have confused yourself with a concept of a "primary" screen.
What the "ServerLayout" section is doing, is describing a single "logical" screen with one, single physical display unit in the top,left of that assembly of display units. That display unit is identified as the display with the (0,0) position in its top,left corner. What the X-server does (among other things) is position windows created by the display manager in various positions in the single, logical display.
No display unit in the single logical display is any more "primary" than any other one.
Have you looked a the manual page for xorg.conf? All this stuff is described there.
Doh! I should have checked for a Xorg.conf mannual! And I'm trying to get X-windows to act like MS-Windows in which monitors act more like indepdent entinties. By "primary" display I mean the one that windows pop up on by default and that has my XFCE pannels on it. Let me give that "rightof" code a try and read the mannual I will report back here in a bit.
Last edited by jamie marchant; 04-09-2013 at 09:12 PM.
Unforchently the NEC(small monitor) is still on the right side of the larger "SysnlMaster" even though they should be the other way around. But my pannels are on the correct screen, which is some inmporvoment.
Then, when you boot, your default windows will be on the NEC -- where you don't want them -- but you can reposition them on the Synk screen, and tell you system to save your session settings when you exit. Then, when you reboot, they should be "correctly" positioned.
Note: When I was running a dual screen KDE setup, I needed to set up two "task bars," one in each physical window, since KDE distinguishes physical windows when creating widgets.
Ok now the monioters are back in the correct order, the two "task bars" is a good idea, I have to look into how to do this in XFCE*. Now the question is how do I get fullscreen games to run on the big monoiter instead of the small one?
* I don't have KDE on the computer that I am configuring, only my laptop and it's way to "heavy" for what you get out of it.
EDIT: You can span XFCE pannels across monitors and put a applictionts menu on each side. Apps then appear on the "correct" side by default and can be launched form eather dispaly.
Last edited by jamie marchant; 04-10-2013 at 12:33 PM.
Uh... that's better. , I disabled Xinerama makeing two X-envromnets. Now my games run correctly fullscreen. I made a secound pannel(taskbar) for the seocound scren. Uhforchently I seem to have a bug where my theme stlying is missing from the secound desktop(I will have to report this on the bug tracker). Also the only downside is I can't drage Windows from one display to the other(whic is not a hudge problem most of the time)