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Old 11-26-2003, 03:01 PM   #1
Registered: Oct 2003
Distribution: Gentoo
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Exclamation Dual Monitor Text Console

My friend just recently setup three monitors on his linux box (RedHat 9, Fedora Core 1) and I'm thinking about doing the same after I get some monitors my question is:

* Is it possible to have one monitor dedicated to X-Windows and have another monitor show a text console (e.g. plain text console) that would be controlled by another keyboard, on a dual monitor setup.
* Is it possible to load AGP, OpenGL drivers on just one card or several?
* Is it possible to reroute messages (from dmesg, kernel messages, messages from programs) from one monitor to a text console on another?

If you know how or know of site that talks about this please leave your how-tos, links, or feel free to email it and I'll post it on my brinkster site.

Please do not mention the Xinerama site ( for most of these questions.. I already look at it and it doesn't tell much (other than to setup X-Windows). Maybe there is a simpler site? Or a more advance site?

(Btw, is Debain ever going to get past 3.0r1? its installer sucks maybe have Fedora switch to deb?)

Old 12-09-2003, 10:49 PM   #2
Registered: Dec 2003
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While those would all be nice things to do, I've been running dual monitors now for about 2 to 3 years...As far as I know.

I vaguely recall something about #1, so, since I'm not 100% positive on it, No.

#2, Yes, this is under your Device Section in your /etc/X11/XF86Config file, you're looking for Driver.

#3, Since this is partially related to a sectioned question from #1, the answer is No. However, you can, with an option I don't remember, and will leave to you to noodle through, you can open an xterm window such that all "console" message print to it. (Ok, the option is -C )


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