Toshiba Tecra M2S w/ NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 driving Dell external monitor in Ubuntu
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I've tried installing both. However when I do, I loose access to my external monitor.
For the first part of boot, I have access, but then when it comes up into Ubuntu, the big monitor (a Dell 2500, I think, plugged into the stock Toshiba docking station via DVI) quits working, and all I have is a dim picture (dark, like something's sapping power from it) on the laptop display. When I go into settings, it first gives me a message box where I get to choose whether or not I go into the driver or Linux settings box. The Linux settings box is still as it was without the driver. The driver settings box shows both the laptop display panel and the dell monitor with something called "x system" or something like that. Every time, it shows the Dell monitor as being disabled, which I am allowed to change and sometimes I'm allowed to set them to "mirror" which is what I want through the advanced settings. However, that option isn't always available.
And, I'm not allowed to save the file. I'm guessing it's some kind of config file or something. It gives me an error about creating an archive or something, and when I reboot, the external monitor is dead again. Often after reboot, it won't allow me to set them to mirror, only "offset" or whatever.
If I uninstall the driver, I'm right back to the basic video settings with a basic picture on the big monitor.
Anybody know how to fix this? Please keep in mind that I'm brand spankin' new to Linux.