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Old 01-20-2004, 06:22 PM   #1
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I am a newbie to linux...trying to set up dual monitor with SuSE 9


hello i am new to linux, i started out using mandrake and have recently switched to SuSE 9. i am trying to set up my dual monitor support but cant seem to get it to work. i have seen and read some of the other post here about it and i have mainly come across people using two video card to have dual monitors. i am using a ASUS V9480 / TVD Ti4800se with dual video heads, and i am wondering what i have to do to set up linux so that i can use both of my monitors.

also i am not wanting it to clone the desktop on both monitors, i am looking to have a desktop on each monitor.

any help would be appreciated.
thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-20-2004, 07:25 PM   #2
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i think you might need special software, but i dont sue dual monitors or have any experience with them, so i cant tell you for sure, but i do think that ull need a seprate xfree86 config file for 2 monitors, try runing xf86config from the comand line for each monitor you have, when it asks what to save the conifg as (like a name for teh config you made) make sure there sperate names, neways i dono if that will help but i have no dual monitor experience (i just compiled and set up the config for my laptop only a few days go , and jsut got it working last night )
 
Old 01-21-2004, 12:46 AM   #3
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i think you might need special software, but i dont sue dual monitors or have any experience with them, so i cant tell you for sure, but i do think that ull need a seprate xfree86 config file for 2 monitors, try runing xf86config from the comand line for each monitor you have, when it asks what to save the conifg as (like a name for teh config you made) make sure there sperate names, neways i dono if that will help but i have no dual monitor experience (i just compiled and set up the config for my laptop only a few days go , and jsut got it working last night )

does anyone know if this is true, do i need special software?? and if so what is the name of it.

thanks
 
Old 01-21-2004, 05:27 AM   #4
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http://www.linux.org/apps/
http://www.gnu.org/directory/
http://sourceforge.net/softwaremap/trove_list.php
if it does then ones these site will have it
 
Old 01-21-2004, 04:39 PM   #5
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thanks for the heads up on the sites.
 
Old 01-21-2004, 05:54 PM   #6
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multihead setup is available from within yast2.
 
Old 01-24-2004, 04:07 PM   #7
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i tried the graphics setup form within yast2 but it says that i only have one graphic device. so now i am wounder is there a way to run both monitors from one video card?? i mean it has dual heads and it runs dual monitors in windows fine, i am just wonder how/if i can do it in linux.

this is the vid card i am trying to use: ASUS V9480 / TVD Ti4800se
 
Old 02-05-2004, 12:19 PM   #8
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I'm running with two cards, but my radeon 7500 has two heads. (one of them digital and one analog) So I am not sure that this will work, but it's worth a try. Run YaST and get to where you can change graphics card and monitor settings. Under the desktop option, select graphics card and press the Change Configuration Button. Press the Add New Card button and add your card again. Select the card you just added and select the Expert tab. Under ScreenID, Select "Secondary Screen [2]". Press the Finish button. Select the Monitor option. You should see your second monitor there, make sure it has the proper settings. Press the "Finalize>>" button and test it. It it works here, then after you exit YaST logout and log back in. (SUSE seems to restart the Xserver when I do this, if it doesn't to you then ctrl+alt+bksp to restart X before logging back into Linux.) Hopefully it now works. As I said, I haven't tried this, but my card does show an "Unknown Monitor Model" when I do this with my Radeon with no monitor hooked up the the digital port so it might work.
 
  


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