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Old 10-27-2004, 04:10 PM   #1
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Dual Monitoring with Mandrake 10 Community

I just made the switch from Windows XP to Mandrake 10 Community, and I completely wiped my HD and installed Linux. My question is does linux support dual monitoring in a similar way to Windows? I really liked Dual Monitors, and I don't want my other monitor to go to waste.

I have an Nvidia G Force 4 FX 5200 Ultra for a video card, with two VGA monitors. I can offer more specs if needed.

Any help is appreciated, Thanks Guys.
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If you installed the NVidia drivers by running an nvidia-installer, then you have the README file and the XF86Config.sample on your system in the /usr/share/doc/NVIDIA_GLX-1.0/ directory.

There are two was of doing it. Let X windows handle it or use nvidia's Twinview option.

Google for: Option "TwinViewOrientation"
One of the responces was a web page that contained two example XF86Config-4 sample files.
Old 10-28-2004, 05:12 PM   #3
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I have a few questions. I downloaded the driver, but since I've only had linux for about 5 days I need some help with the Installation Readme.

Before beginning the driver installation, you should exit the X server.
In addition you should set your default run level so you will boot to a
vga console and not boot directly into X (please consult the documentation
that came with your Linux distribution if you are unsure how to do this;
this is normally done by modifying your /etc/inittab file).

How do you exit the X server, and what is the X server?

"set your default run level so you will boot to a vga console and not boot directly into X"
Where's my documentation found at? And what exactly does that mean?
Old 10-29-2004, 11:27 PM   #4
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Old 11-11-2004, 06:05 PM   #5
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exit the x server


I'm pretty much a Linux too! My distro is Fedora Core 3, but in this respect, my problem seem to have been pretty similar to yours...

I found this site useful:

if you google "run levels" and Mandrake, I'm sure you'll find something similar if necessary, you probably won't need to.

The NVIDIA drivers basically want the xwindow system completely tuned out, so they can tinker with all its settings. If you've just moved over from windows, its basically like restarting your comp so the driver can do stuff in DOS before windows fires up again. Now you know what we have to do, here's how I did it:

Step 1: edit the file etc/inittab (u need 2b root)

I did this by firing up terminal, getting root access (su, then enter root password) and:

gedit /etc/inittab
Step 2: change the default run level
Find the following in inittab:

# Default runlevel. The runlevels used by RHS are:
#   0 - halt (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
#   1 - Single user mode
#   2 - Multiuser, without NFS (The same as 3, if you do not have networking)
#   3 - Full multiuser mode
#   4 - unused
#   5 - X11
#   6 - reboot (Do NOT set initdefault to this)
the text explains the files. Basically, you just have to change the 5 to a 3.

Step 3

reboot your comp log on as root and install the driver like you tried to before:
sh NVID*
is probably all you need.

Hope you get your drivers fixed and everything goes well from here...


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