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Old 07-04-2006, 02:48 PM   #1
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Need help getting dual displays to work like I want

I work with linux at my job, but through telnet from a Win PC. I am trying to switch to linux at home, and have installed Fedora Core 5 on my PC. I got the nvidia drivers for my kernel and installed those, and it's working now, but I can seem to configure it's behaviour like I want.

Let me start with how I had it set up in windows and how I want it.
In windows I had it set so my monitor is the main display with the task bar, and default display for all programs to open on. My other display (My TV, through S-video) was extra desktop space (which I never use), and the default full-screen video, display. Whenever I opened a video, whether on a web page or through a media player, the video would be displayed full screen on my second display as well as in the program on the first display.

In fedora I can only find 2 options from using dual displays (called dual head), Individual Desktops, and Spanning Desktops. Spanning of course spans the panels between displays which I definitely don't want. The individual displays is mostly what I want (panels on display 1), but all programs default to opening on the 2cd display which is rather irritating, because I don't always have the TV on and it's a across the room, so even if it is on, it's a pain to drag the window back to my monitor. I cant seem to find anyplace I can specify the default display to open windows on.

Also -- Is there a way to set my second display as the default "full-screen" display, for my videos like in windows?

(Even just pointing me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated. As I am not so much dumb to linux, and dumb to the linux desktop. So I half, know what I'm doing.)

System Info

Fedora Core 5

Gnome Desktop

[root@trap-1 ben]# uname -r

[root@trap-1 ben]# uname -m

[root@trap-1 ben]# /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset Host Bridge (rev 04)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 (Brookdale) Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 04)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801BA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 05)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801BA IDE U100 (rev 05)
00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB (Hub #1) (rev 05)
00:1f.4 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB (Hub #2) (rev 05)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV18 [GeForce4 MX 4000 AGP 8x] (rev c1)
02:0a.0 Ethernet controller: Linksys NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100 (rev 11)
02:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
02:0e.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB12LV26 IEEE-1394 Controller (Link)


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