Setting up a second monitor
daniel.carrera at zmsl.com
Thu Apr 20 11:14:47 UTC 2006
Antony Gelberg wrote:
> You need xinerama. This should help for starters.
Hmmm... looks coplicated. I'll try to help here and ask intelligent
Quote: "First, assuming you have managed to install the video boards and
connect the displays to them"
By "video boards" does it mean video cards? Is that the usual way to
have two monitors? To use two video cards? Or is there some sort of
Jean, what setup do you have? two video cards?
Quote: "one needs to run the program lspci."
The output of the 'lspci' command is not very user friendly. You can
improve this a little by running this modified command:
lspci | grep VGA
1. lspci prints information about everything on the PCI bus (video
cards, USB ports, etc).
2. 'grep VGA' extracts the lines that contain the text VGA.
3. The | is a "pipe". It means, "take the output from lspci and give it
Could you run that command and post the output here?
The next step is to configure the X config file:
Configuring X is not for the faint of heart. If you wish, I can try to
configure it for you (though I've never configured X to use two
monitors). Either way, make a backup of your xorg.conf file:
cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf ~/xorg.conf.backup
> NB The man command works for many config files as well as programs.
> Hence you may wish to peruse man xorg.conf.
Ubuntu doesn't have a man page for xorg.conf. And if it did, I don't
think I'd recommend it to a new user. Man pages are not really intended
/\/_/ A life? Sounds great!
\/_/ Do you know where I could download one?
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