Setting up a second monitor
Jean Hollis Weber
jean-ooo at taming-openoffice-org.com
Fri Apr 21 10:54:55 UTC 2006
Antony Gelberg wrote:
> Jean Hollis Weber wrote:
>> ... the vast majority of new
>> users do not want to "understand" a config file or anything else; they
>> just want to know what to do to get the job done.
> These users might want to ponder that there may well be a relationship
> between understanding and getting the job done. Of course there is a
> balance to be drawn, but one has to understand something about anything
> to make use of it.
Certainly there are times when one cannot make use of something
(or not very good use) without understanding a bit more than
simply what to do. However, that very often does not apply.
My favourite example is the microwave oven. I don't need to know
anything whatsoever about how it works to make use of it. All I
need to know is which buttons to push, in which sequence. So in
that sense I need to know "something", but what I need to know
has nothing to do with what makes it work. Same for my mobile
(cell) phone, and every other household appliance I have. Heck,
even my automobile is in that category. I need to know how to
drive, but I don't need to know how an internal combustion engine
> There is a caveat. I have mentioned it elsewhere but will do so again.
> As you'll see from the above link and the Xinerama HOWTO, you need at
> least two Screen stanzas in xorg.conf, each of which includes a unique
> Device and Monitor pair.
> Put another way, Device + Monitor = Screen. man xorg.conf says:
> "Each Screen section binds together a graphics board and a monitor. The
> graphics boards are described in the Device sections, and the monitors
> are described in the Monitor sections."
> In the event that your hardware only shows one BusID....
> you need to differentiate between the two
> Devices with the Screen parameter, /not/ the BusID.
This is good info and I could understand it; thank you. The next
man page excerpt you included (that I snipped here) made little
sense to me, but the examples help... especially the first one,
which is probably the one that is relevant to my situation.
When I have time (tomorrow, I hope), I will re-read what everyone
has told me and give it a try.
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