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Old 06-01-2007, 01:45 AM   #1
Stratocaster72
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Dual monitor with Dell D820 and docking station?


Hello

I am rather new to the board but have often found some very good hints on Linux while searching and reading the board ... so I decided to register in order place my own questions.

I have just searched for the topic but could not find a solution, so if I have missed an already written answer, please point me to that. Thanks so far.

The problem:
I have a Dell D820 laptop, using a docking station with external keyboard, mouse and LCD; everything is working fine, but as under Windoze I can't use LCD and "internal" display of laptop at the same time (e.g as a dual display setup).

The laptop is installed with OpenSuSE 10.2, latest patches applied. The laptop was installed while being off the docking station, but I do not think this will matter ... I have no option to switch on dual head setup within sax ...

Any suggestions?

Regards, Dietmar
 
Old 06-01-2007, 11:34 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by Stratocaster72
Hello

I am rather new to the board but have often found some very good hints on Linux while searching and reading the board ... so I decided to register in order place my own questions.

I have just searched for the topic but could not find a solution, so if I have missed an already written answer, please point me to that. Thanks so far.

The problem:
I have a Dell D820 laptop, using a docking station with external keyboard, mouse and LCD; everything is working fine, but as under Windoze I can't use LCD and "internal" display of laptop at the same time (e.g as a dual display setup).

The laptop is installed with OpenSuSE 10.2, latest patches applied. The laptop was installed while being off the docking station, but I do not think this will matter ... I have no option to switch on dual head setup within sax ...

Any suggestions?

Regards, Dietmar
Truthfully, I only have one... switch to a distro like mandriva or possibly ubuntu/kubuntu. Both of those have allowed me to use dual display setup with my dell laptop, c/dock II docking station, and whatever displays I choose to use.
 
Old 06-01-2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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Hi

Would be helpful if you could send or post your xorg.conf (or whatever your X11-config is named). I guess if have to double the monitor section (monitor[0] and monitor[1]) but I am not sure, neither about the graphics adapter section (must there a different bus id for every output?).

Thanks, Dietmar
 
Old 06-06-2007, 11:13 AM   #4
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I just completed installing Fedora 7 this morning. I'm running a d820, with docking station + two flatpanels . . . after much fooling around, I found this xorg.conf to be fully functional (last thing I need to do is figure out why sound only comes through the on board speakers and not the ones connected to my docking station - which is what I was searching for help with when I came across this post). I built this .conf based off of my previous FC6 .conf which was originally based on recommendations from the nvidia display configuration:

# Xorg configuration created by livna-config-display

Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Layout0"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
Screen 1 "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0"
InputDevice "Mouse0" "CorePointer"
InputDevice "Keyboard0" "CoreKeyboard"
EndSection

Section "Files"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules/extensions/nvidia"
ModulePath "/usr/lib/xorg/modules"
FontPath "unix/:7100"
EndSection

Section "Module"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
Load "glx"
Load "dbe"
Load "extmod"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
Option "Xinerama" "1"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"

# generated from default
Identifier "Mouse0"
Driver "mouse"
Option "Protocol" "auto"
Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
Option "Emulate3Buttons" "no"
Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
Identifier "Keyboard0"
Driver "kbd"
Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
Option "XkbLayout" "us"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor0"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "DELL 2007FP"
HorizSync 30.0 - 83.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 76.0
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Monitor1"
VendorName "Unknown"
ModelName "DELL 1907FPV"
HorizSync 30.0 - 81.0
VertRefresh 56.0 - 76.0
Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard0"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce Go 7400"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Option "DisableGLXRootClipping" "True"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
Identifier "Videocard1"
Driver "nvidia"
VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
BoardName "GeForce Go 7400"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
Option "DisableGLXRootClipping" "True"
BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
Screen 1
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen0"
Device "Videocard0"
Monitor "Monitor0"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "metamodes" "CRT: 1600x1200 +0+0; CRT: 1400x1050 +0+0; CRT: 1280x1024 +0+0; CRT: 1280x960 +0+0; CRT: 1280x800 +0+0; CRT: 1152x864 +0+0; CRT: 1024x768 +0+0; CRT: 800x600 +0+0; CRT: 640x480 +0+0"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection

Section "Screen"
Identifier "Screen1"
Device "Videocard1"
Monitor "Monitor1"
DefaultDepth 24
Option "metamodes" "DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
Option "AddARGBGLXVisuals" "True"
SubSection "Display"
Depth 24
Modes "1600x1200" "1280x1024" "1024x768" "800x600" "640x480"
EndSubSection
EndSection
 
Old 06-07-2007, 12:20 PM   #5
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Hi

Thanks a lot.

I was working on this topic some hours and found some minor differences, between SuSE and Nvidia official configuration recommendation:

- SuSE uses nv driver not nvidia, seems to make a big difference
- sax2 does not recognize the card correctly and does not use nvidia (you have to use sax2 -r -m 0=nvidia to make sax2 using nvidia module and not nv)

Starting sax2 with nvidia module gives the oportunity to set up dual head display, but I got only a blank screen after an initial success :-(

I will give your configuration a try.

Thanks,

Stone
 
Old 06-07-2007, 03:10 PM   #6
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Same problem with dell c600 with docking station

hi,

I'm experiencing the exact same problem, only with a Dell C600 laptop with a docking station. I'm also running openSUSE 10.2. I did find this post:

http://linux-on-laptops.com/forum/showthread.php?t=139

but that seems to be only applicable to dell c600 laptops. When I connect my monitor directly to the VGA port, the same problem occurs (no video on monitor), however when I press fn-f8 it works. When the laptop is docked pressing fn-f8 doensn't resolve the issue

I hope some1 finds out how to fix this, it's really annoying...
 
  


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