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Old 02-12-2009, 09:34 AM   #1
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Change view to laptop screen to external screen

Hi everybody:

I am newbie in this thread. I have a laptop which screen configuration is 1280x800 and I would like to connect the laptop to external screen which the screen configuration by default is 1280x1024. I would like to use this external screen sometimes.
I tried to use the Fn+F4 to change it but it doesn't work.
Could anybody help me?
Thanks in advance.
Old 02-12-2009, 11:09 AM   #2
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Hi Tonet!

I think your new friend is xrandr
Just try to type it in the terminal, with your external monitor connected.
If it works as it is supposed you'll have a list with supported res. aso.

To connect your extra monitor some command like this would probably do it
xrandr --output VGA --auto --left-of LVDS
If you try to connect via VGA, and want to have a dual desktop, that is.

Another example is
xrandr --output VGA --mode 1280x1024
But the best way to make a good setup is to try and experiment.

An alternative is to change your xorg.conf, just to add the extra monitor there.
(Needs a bit more configuring)

Last edited by athor; 02-12-2009 at 11:11 AM.
Old 02-12-2009, 01:34 PM   #3
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Hi Athor:
Thanks for your reply. While I am waiting some answer, I have been tring to sove the problem myself. And finally I have solve it. With the Mandriva disrtibution I have set the screen configuration at the esktop configuration option where the new screen was detected, afterwards I configured, and now it works correctly.
Nevetheless I take into account you solution.
Thanks again and cheers.


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