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Old 09-24-2012, 05:31 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by kikinovak View Post
If you want to use two monitors without the hassle, go for el cheapo NVidia cards. NVidia GT 210 on PCI express slots, GeForce 6200 chipset on older AGP ports. Install the proprietary drivers, and then:
G210, not GT210......common mistake.

6200s will run with the closed derivers, but why bother? They have no VDPAU features, are too slow for anything but very basic gaming. Generally horrid cards.

Originally Posted by Lirey View Post
A DVI port can have pins for analog signals (DVI-A), digital signals (DVI-D), or both (DVI-I). Most ports are DVI-D or DVI-I (I've never seen a DVI-A), and the type of adapter you'll need depends on the DVI port type. The analog signals are VGA, so you can use a cheap adapter that just brings the correct pins to a VGA jack. Most cards with DVI-I ports used to come with one of these adapters thrown in for free, and if you have to buy one they cost $5 US or less. If the port is a DVI-D, it only has digital signals and will need a digital to analog video converter, which are harder to find and can cost more than some low end video cards.

If your card has an HDMI port, you may be able to get an HDMI to VGA converter for less than a DVI-D to VGA converter.

Unfortunately, more and more video cards have DVI-D ports, since most of the newer monitors are all digital. Support for VGA is rapidly disappearing.
All true.

After checking around, it looks like the 6670 has a DVI-D port, not DVI-I. Doh. Too good a memory for my own good, I remembered the 6670 is just an updated 5670 (and they do have a DVI-I port). Stupid me, I should have checked that before I posted anything.

If a HDMI-VGA adapter works, its likely a DVI-VGA adapter will as well.

Originally Posted by dsplayer14 View Post
The driver I am using is the proprietary one, and I used the aticonfig command to create my xorg.conf, if you would like, I can upload it for you. I don't think it is "old" since I used the command given to me by the driver. However, I am not very experienced with these kinds of things so I may be wrong.
I didnt mean that your xorg.conf file is old, I meant the xserver-xorg version.

If xorg knows about the card, you normally get an output with the model name, like this-

01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation G84 [GeForce 8600 GT] (rev a1)
Sorry, I'm not on a machine with a ATI/AMD video card now, but you get the idea.

Do you know the manufacturer/model for your card? While I dont think it will help figure out if you can use VGA on the DVI or HDMI port, it could help.

*edit- it might be possible to use both the onboard intel video and the AMD card, but not when you are running the closed source drivers.

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Old 09-25-2012, 11:35 AM   #17
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I cant tell you the card info from lspci since I am not at my Linux box right now, but I was contemplating installing the open source driver to see if that could fix some tearing that I have been experiencing recently. Any info on that matter will help, but this is just a side problem. However, since you said that I can use my on board graphics if I use the open source driver, I think that I will go ahead and install it. Any advice on how to get Slackware to use both cards?
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Its only might be able to use both, and I wouldnt.

Start by checking your BIOS for the onboard video options. It can be a pain to find, with various different names. If you know the motherbaord model I should be able to figure out if the option exists and where it is. What you are looking for is a way to set the onboard video 1st. Do not set this now.

If you have a way to make the onbaord initialise 1st, then you will need to remove the ATI/AMD closed source drivers. Only then can you reboot, go back into the BIOS and set the system to initialise the onbaord video 1st.

BTW, if I am right and your 6670 (or intel HD video for that matter) is newer than your xorg version you could have all sorts of odd issues with the open source drivers.


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