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Old 03-24-2005, 02:30 PM   #1
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Dual Monitors/Getting extended desktop

Hi there...

*Please note that I am still a newbie when it comes to Linux

Having a little trouble with trying to get my extended desktop to work, or actually trying to figure out if Fedora Core 3 supports that function.

We just installed Fedora Core 3 on a new PC, tried White Box Linux 3.0 Respin 2, but disk two is corrupt. Anyways...with that said, we have an ATI Radeon X300 graphics card that supports dual monitors. So one graphics card that supports two monitors.

With our windows box, we are able to have extended desktops, you know where the mouse can cross the monitor (haha, sorry)...well we want that same effect in Linux. Can anyone steer us in the right direction as to what we should do???????? How can we get extended desktop to work?

We went to the Display properties and then to Dual Heads, we selected the "use dual heads", but then it ask us to provide the "Second" video card, when we don't have a second video card we only have one with dual capabilities. Also to let you know, we do have both monitors hooked into the pc, and we see a mirror image on both screens, so both screens work, we just want extended desktop to put an application on one screen and another on the other screen. When we go to select the "second video card", it will have the ATI Radeon X300 in it, but it will not allow us to save the changes. Any ideas?????

Sorry if this is confusing, for I tend to confuse myself at times...please forgive me...

Anyways..Please, once again, take note that we are newbies, so linux language is a bit foreign to us still!

i would greatly appreciate any and all help possible. thanks for everything, have a fabulous day!!


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Old 03-24-2005, 06:01 PM   #2
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Have you tired looking for the drivers for your video card? Thats the first thing I would think to look for.
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I did try and go to the ATI site, but couldn't find the i386 driver for that particular video card, but I'll dig deeper. Thanks for the reply!
Old 03-28-2005, 09:15 AM   #4
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Can't find the driver to the ATI Radeon x300 for linux. Can anyone steer me in the right direction....i would appreciate it immensely!
Old 03-28-2005, 12:13 PM   #5
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Go to ATI's website then go to Customer Care > Find a Driver

Good luck with it -- J.W.

Edit -- sorry, it looks like I was too quick to reply. If you've already gone to the site but couldn't find suitable drivers, then I'm not sure where else to look. ATI's support of Linux IMO is kind of hit or miss. Are there any packages available on your distro's website?

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Old 03-29-2005, 08:25 AM   #6
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Thanks J.W...don't worry about the short reply, it was short and to the point! It was very much appreciated though! Your awesome!

Not sure about the packages on the the distro's website, but I will check!

Thanks again for the information!!

Have a fabulous day!


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