temporary dual monitor setup

Greg Madden gomadtroll at gci.net
Wed Aug 23 17:46:21 BST 2006

On Wed, 23 Aug 2006 13:20:03 +0200
Marco <marco.mandl at gmx.at> wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a large external flat panel for my laptop. I use a dual screen
> setup with Xinerama in my xorg.conf. That works fine but I want two
> improvements.
> Can I assign KDE virtual desktops to the screens? That way I could
> switch desktops on the large screen and have the small screen
> permanent to monitor something or watch TV or whatever.
> How can I assign key shortcuts to switch to another display setup? If
> I am on the road I need to switch the setup to only use the laptop
> display. This is even more important as the KDE panel is only
> displayed on the external Monitor.
> It would be great if I could do it without a reboot. But a the moment
> I don't know how to do it at all. The settings are in xorg.conf. Can
> I define different profiles there? How could I switch them?

You shouldn't need to reboot, except to change a kernel. You can restart
services in /etc/init.d at a command line of choice,by using something
like '/etc/init.d/kdm restart' or if that doesn't do what you
want 'ctrl+alt+backspace' will restart X. You could have two xorg.conf
files, name one xorg.conf.road & xorg.conf.home and rename the one
you want to use to xorg.conf.

Greg Madden

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