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Old 08-22-2001, 11:07 PM   #1
racerxmach4
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Lightbulb multiple display on mandrake 8


Ok how would I go about configuring 2 monitors in mandrake?
one is a gateway vx900
the other is a little unisys evg-142-col
the video cards are a voodoo3 2000 on the vx900
and a nvidia riva 128 on the unysis
i have a win 98 dual boot and i have them both working but I am going to trash windoze and run linux as a server for my website and try it as a mail server and i think it would be nice to have the server apps running in a seperate monitor so i can use the other one to do other daily tasks and be able to monitor the server at the same time.
 
Old 08-24-2001, 02:12 PM   #2
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Try here http://www.linuxdoc.org/HOWTO/Xinerama-HOWTO-1.html

I have also been meaning to do it for quite a while now but never got around to it. If you try it post how you went.


Last edited by Will; 08-24-2001 at 02:16 PM.
 
Old 08-28-2001, 02:56 AM   #3
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Question am also interested - for Red Hat 7

I'm also interested in this question. Except for Red Hat 7.

I currently have two monitors configured for my Win98 setup, and would like to use them both if I ever get brave enough to check out these Linux CDs that I've been looking at for a week .

Thanks for asking the question ...
 
Old 08-28-2001, 03:14 AM   #4
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I actually tried it the other day but couldn't get it to work. I configured the files, started xinerama, linux didn't compain but the second monitor just sat there.

Played around with it for a while but still failed. Don't know why exept that I think maybe the kde might have something to do with it, who knows?

Have a go at it for you maybe able to get it to work.

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I currently have two monitors configured for my Win98 setup, and would like to use them both if I ever get brave enough to check out these Linux CDs that I've been looking at for a week .
You will have a lot more things to do and learn for a while than worry about two monitors
 
Old 08-28-2001, 03:24 AM   #5
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Talking Will, ain't that the truth!

Will, LOL! Ain't that the truth. I'm afraid the CD's and book will gather dust before I'm brave enough to take the plunge. Currently, I'm fixated on the 'partitioning' question. I'm sure I'll get over it though :-)

Thanks for your reply to racer's topic. Am looking forward to seeing what you learn. Which distro are you using (see I've learned some of the 'lingo' <grin>).
 
Old 08-30-2001, 01:36 AM   #6
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well i almost did it but got some funny errors when trying to start x. what i did is rewrote my xf86config file to conform to using two monitors as one i pointed it to the right drivers told it the scanline and sync for the monitors and set the
section at the end for monitor 1 leftof monitor 2
i tried to use startx and startx +xinerama but it gave me something about rgb in usr x11 somewhere
I was up for 3 days and 2 nights from work to computer work to computer and i finally blinked out
i think what ill do is take out the vcards 1 at a time and configure them seperaely and then put them both in and feed it my hacked up config file and see if it likes that
I know the file is good cause when i take out the lines for the second card and monitor and reset the "simple layout" section back to default it works for my main monitor

a couple times i actually had them both on and displaying but the little one was going through some serious garbage snowscreen or whatever you want to call it when your monitor looks as if it is going to jump off the desk and eat your wife and children

i think the resolution was defaulted way too high

i might look for a tutorial
if you look at your xf86config file in conqueror you can get alot from it just from reading it in plain text

i think im gonna sleep for a few nights before i try again
 
Old 08-30-2001, 03:30 AM   #7
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I think I see where your going, configure/create a config file for each that works than put both cards back in and merge them into one, ammending it to display as one and two.

Don't forget when you have both cards back in to scan the pci so that the config files knows where to look, indase they have changed.

In the link to that how to that I put up it mentioned somthing about the restrictions on the colour display. Both having to be the same of which it must correspond the capacity of the lesser card, that may have something to do with why you recieved the rgb error.

Anyway thanks for the update and most definately post how you go.

Almost forgot, I also came accross this variation with gives virtually gives you a dumb terminal from one box so that you can also add keyboard and mouse etc. http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplan...orials/3100/1/

If the dual monitor fails you might try this second one.
 
  


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