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Old 06-29-2002, 02:20 PM   #1
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Dual Monitors Problem

I'm working on setting up a dual display configuration for my Linux desktop. I've got the XF86 Config file working, both monitors fire up. The problem is that the second monitor just stays at the default X screen, the black and white one with the X cursor. The other monitor displays the Gnome desktop. I can move the mouse to and from each screen, but I don't know how to get a desktop working on that second screen. I know that you can use Xinerama to spread the desktop across both monitors, but from other threads I've read it doesn't sound like that works very well. What I would like to do is have two separate desktops, one for each screen. I'm new at this so maybe I'm going about it the wrong way. Any help would be appreciated.
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right that's the way it's meant to work. nothign wrong. all it is is that gnome will only load to one screen as it prefers to use Xinerama (which i dislike) if you want two gnome desktops you will need to load gnome twice (using the --display :0._ options to set which head to use) biiiiiiiiiiiiig memory glut there. i don't like Xinerama, but that's the way to do it for a dual head gnome. personally i just use blackbox which DOES automatically load onto all availoable heads, without crippling it with Xinerama, which greatly reduces video playback and graphics capabilities in general.
Old 06-30-2002, 11:09 PM   #3
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Alright, thnx for the tips. I'll try and get Blackbox going on there and see how that works.


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