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Old 09-20-2006, 06:04 PM   #1
jesushlincoln
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Dual monitors outside of X


I'm relatively new to Linux, though I have used it before and can generally hold my own, referencing man pages and old forum postings for any problems I hit.

I almost always am using the X server, but I was recently experimenting with using only the command line. However, in the midst of this, I noticed something. Now, I'm a dual monitor man. I've had two monitors for a while, and this is handled very well by Xorg (better than Windows) via nVidia's Twinview. However, when using the straight-up terminal, it, of course, only uses the primary monitor.

I was wondering if there were any way to have two bash terminals open simultaneously, one on each monitor, or some other known way of using terminals with two monitors. It's not an urgent issue, as most of my time is spent in good ol' Window Maker or GNOME, but it's still worth knowing.
 
Old 09-20-2006, 06:35 PM   #2
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Don't think it can be done with to VGA or greater video cards. Can be done if the second card is a Monochrome card. It needs to be compiled either in the kernel or as a module. Here is some text from a kernel source.

MDA text console (dual-headed) (EXPERIMENTAL) (MDA_CONSOLE)

Say Y here if you have an old MDA or monochrome Hercules graphics
adapter in your system acting as a second head ( = video card). You
will then be able to use two monitors with your Linux system. Do not
say Y here if your MDA card is the primary card in your system; the
normal VGA driver will handle it.

To compile this driver as a module, choose M here: the
module will be called mdacon.

If you have a monochrome card and monitor and the module built which will be at
ls /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/video/console as mdacon.ko

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