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Old 08-21-2005, 01:19 AM   #1
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Linux thinks i have 2 monitors hooked up

I have a video card thats built into the motherboard, i bought a better video card and put ti in my computer, now linux thinks i have 2 monitors and some stuff goes into the other screen so i cant see the programs... how do i set it so its only one monitor

I have mandrake 10.1 i think

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Old 08-21-2005, 03:29 AM   #2
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1. hardware only solution: in the bios, turn off the onboard video (if it has such option). If disabled there in bios then any OS should only find 1 which is your video card not the onboard.

2. I don't know Mandrake. xorg.conf is the file on Slackware.

/etc/X11/X11r6 . . xorg.conf

something akin to that for where it's located.

Old 08-29-2005, 04:17 AM   #3
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If disabling the graphics card in BIOS does not work, edit /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 (or XF86Config) and search for "Xinerama" and disable it. That should do the trick. Google with "xinerama" if you run into trouble.
Old 08-29-2005, 05:11 AM   #4
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If you don't disable the onboard video in hardware, HardDrake is liable to redetect it at boot time. Depending on the vintage of your mobo you should be able to do this either from CMOS setup or, for older mobos, there will be a jumper.

After that you will probably still need to play with the software or possibly run the hardware wizard in "configure your computer".


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