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Old 07-20-2011, 07:58 AM   #1
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Dual Monitors - Make an application automatically open on second monitor


I am using Fedora 15 with dual monitors. I want to make an application open automatically on the second monitor.

In particular I would like to make Firefox open on the second monitor.
For now I am just manually moving Firefox to the second monitor, but if I close it down and open it again, it automatically opens on the first monitor. Is there a way to make it automatically open on the second monitor?

I have two Nvidia cards in my machine. I did have one monitor connected to each video card, but I was unable to get a dual monitor set up to work like this, so I plugged both monitors into one card and the dual monitor set up works fine like. Is there a way to make dual monitors work if you have a monitor connected to each video card?
When I had a monitor connected to each video card, I could see the second monitor in the Nvidia settings, but it always disabled it. I could enable it, but it would grey out twin view. After I enabled it, I'll restart the X server, the second monitor would auto disable again.

I'm using Gnome, I don't have the above issue in Xfce4 - it works fine with one monitor connected to each card in Xfce4. However, I want to use Gnome.

I've searched, but have not been able to find a solution to either of these issues.
I read you can fix the application to launch in a second monitor with wmctrl. I've tried to install it with yum, but I get the message: No package wmctrl available.

Any help with this would be appreciated. Thanks!
Old 07-20-2011, 08:08 AM   #2
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If you are using Gnome2, you can replace Metacity with AwesomeWM or any WMs that have first class support for multiple monitor. If you are using Gnome3, then try to find a config dialog, if you fail, then there is not much you can do.
Old 07-21-2011, 06:53 AM   #3
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I'm using Gnome3. I would prefer to keep using it.

I noticed if I take Firefox out of full screen and move it to the second monitor, then close it, open it. It will launch automatically on the second monitor. If I move it to the second monitor then maximise it to full screen, close it. It always reappears on the first monitor. I couldn't find any settings dialogue for this either.

It just seems strange how it will stay on the second monitor if it isn't in full screen.

If there is no way to fix this, I guess I could wait for future releases of Gnome, maybe this will be changed in the future. I've read a few people having this issue.

Also about one monitor on each video card, is there any way to fix it?
I guess it doesn't really matter that much, but I'll probably want one monitor on each card for when I use Windows for games. I'm also thinking about going to a triple monitor setup in this case. It seems that it is just Gnome3 that has this issue, just looking for a way to get it to work with Gnome.

I'm currently just using Linux only, I did a fair bit of customising and some time to get most stuff working.
I don't know if I should ask this question in another section, but is there an easy way to back my Linux partition and restore it? Is there some imaging process?
I've used DD to back up disks before but never an OS partition, can DD be used for this and how can you restore it? If I use DD to back up my Linux partition, can you do something like boot to a live Linux disc and restore the DD image from there? I also wanted to check if I can back up all the Yum packages I've downloaded, I wanted to install Linux on another machine, to save some time I was going to create a local repository and update this other machine with using a local Yum repository. Is this possible? Do the packages stay on disk after they have been downloaded and installed?

Thanks so far for the help


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