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KaYoS 08-27-2006 07:58 AM

Getting Nvidia to work with dual monitors
 
As title, i have two nvidia Mx5200 graphics cards, one agp and one pci.

I got both monitors working using xorgcfg, but only one of them is using the nvidia driver, as i only get the splash screen on one, and i am unable to move windows between monitors.

How can i set it up to get it so i can move windows between monitors?

Im running slack 10.2, with my own 2.6.17.11 kernel

Centinul 08-27-2006 10:38 AM

You would have to set it up using Twinview. Check Nvidia's documentation on that. I'm not sure if Twinview is supported though with two individual cards. You could also look into Xinerama which is a similar implementation of Twinview. Hope this helps. There are many docs on the internet for this.

KaYoS 08-27-2006 11:01 AM

adding the xinerama option spreads my desktop across both screens, however i like the fact that they are seperate (I can switch between different workspaces on each monitor without xinerama)

I would just like to be able to move windows between monitors, yet keep them kind of seperate, so i can have one set of workspaces on one, and one on the other.

Also xinerama slows my pc right down, and in gkrellm while its doing nothing, one of the cpus is up at 100% all the time!

lurko 08-27-2006 12:01 PM

I believe you'll need to use xinerama if you want to move windows between monitors, at least by dragging them anyway.


Quote:

I got both monitors working using xorgcfg, but only one of them is using the nvidia driver
do you have
Code:

Driver        "nvidia"
and
Code:

BusID        "PCI:3:0:0"
in both device sections of your xorg.conf? note that the BusID will be specific to each your video cards, the one there is mine. you can use lspci to find the right busid for each card.

KaYoS 08-27-2006 12:51 PM

Nvidia is working on both cards now, but i still cant drag between monitors.

Xinerama is not what i need, as it just screws the display up.

Maybe i will just have to get used to remembering to open the app in the window i want to use it in?

Centinul 08-27-2006 12:54 PM

I don't believe you can have the ability to drag windows between two different monitors AND have separate screens for each monitor. I could be wrong though....

This is a good place to start: HOWTO Dual Monitors - Gentoo Linux Wiki

KaYoS 08-27-2006 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Centinul
I don't believe you can have the ability to drag windows between two different monitors AND have separate screens for each monitor. I could be wrong though....

Nope, your right, for the minute at least.

I will look into doing what i want to when my validation email arrives from the nv forums, possibly other people on there will want to do the same as me?

raska 08-28-2006 10:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Centinul
I don't believe you can have the ability to drag windows between two different monitors AND have separate screens for each monitor....

Agreed. I also believe it is not possible.
You could set up two different desktop sessions, one over each card, but won't be able to see each other.
As I understand, nVidia's nView is meant to do dual-head only in dual output cards (such as having two VGA, or VGA-DVI or two DVI exits). You can't possibly have 3 working heads even if your card has 3 output (VGA/DVI and S-Video for TV)


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