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Im new here and fairly new to Linux, so apologies in advance. My problem is this, Im trying to set up a dual screen system with 2 identical monitors. However I cannot get screen '1' to be on the left and screen '2' to be on the right.
Dragging between the 2 works as expected (so its not a case of physically picking up and moving the screens), and I'm not confident enough about modifying my Xorg.conf file to know whats going on.
Heres my Xorg.conf file;
# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder58) Wed Oct 1 15:13:37 PDT 2008
Im running Scientific Linux 5 release 2.6.18-92.1.13.el5, KDE version 3.5.4-16.el5 Red Hat and my graphics card is an Nvidia GeForce 8500 GT.
The last thing which may be helpful to know is the monitors are connected to the same graphics card, but one is a DVI connection (the current left screen and screen 2) and one is a VGA (the right screen and screen 1).
Can anybody help me swapping the screen numbers around so the left screen becomes screen 1, and everything happens here (login screen, icons line up, etc...), and help would be much appreciated!
So you use binary proprietary driver from nvidia. I would propose the other one.
On the official X site for nv (http://www.x.org/wiki/nv) you'll find the link to nouveau driver.
I succeed with for my laptop. I especially like it for on flight reconfiguration by xrandr.
Have a good weekend, enjoy!
as I believe that it's the xinerama that gets you the multi-head / screen layout. Or I could be wrong. Some proprietary drivers have special options, so you might try googling specifically for your driver as well. As the bug forest only likes maple trees, only on thursdays, only after a fresh rain, but only when the moon is half full. (i.e. they were trained by microsoft)
Thanks for your replies. I cannot change the driver, im on a system maintained by a network admin, and I dont have the privelages. He wants to help solve this problem however, but isnt willing to change the drivers for one machine only.
Regards xinerama - im not sure exactly what it does, but when it was enabled, clicking to maximise a screen would maximise across both, whereas I want maximise to maximise across one only. - does that kinda make sense?
It might be a good idea to add
to each of the "Device" sections. Using a dual head video card, it will be the same. This might help, due to having a separate "Device" section for each "Monitor" even though you only have one device.
The nvidia setup program I mentioned works pretty slick at setting up xorg.conf. You also need to configure your desktop environment to use the correct monitor as the primary one (with the desktop icons and menu)
Ill try adding the BusID to my Xorg.conf file and see if that makes a difference.
And as for the low-tech solution Larro, as I said right at the beginning...
Dragging between the 2 works as expected (so its not a case of physically picking up and moving the screens)
When you physically swap them around, you drag off the left hand side of the left screen, and it comes in at the right of the right hand screen. Dragging between the 2 screens does not work. But thanks for the suggestion!