[ubuntu-za] Using Ubuntu Natty Narwhal with 2 screens

Neil Oosthuizen nlsthzn at gmail.com
Wed Aug 24 14:14:32 UTC 2011

On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 4:17 PM, G Christie <gcchristie at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Nico
> I can confirm that Ubuntu can definitely support 2 or monitors with the
> Nvidia display cards.
> I have 2 systems on Maverick and Natty with Nvidia FX7600 and 8600 cards
> with 2 screens each running perfectly
> The easiest is to do as Raoul said and install nvidia-current from the
> official Ubuntu repositories.
> Next best option is down load the correct proprietary binary drive from the
> Nvidia site
> http://www.nvidia.com/object/unix.html
> You would need the latest legacy driver because the 5700 is not supported
> with the latest x86 driver (GForce 6 and later).
> Download the "Latest Legacy GPU version (173.14.xx series)" version
> (Current is 173.14.31) which does support the FX5700.
> It is a binary .run file. Make it executable with chmod ug+x and the run it
> after stopping your xserver.
> Regards
> G
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Greetings guys,

I word of caution on Natty and dual monitors, I am not sure if it is only
with certain chip-sets but I have seen enough complaints on the Ubuntu
forums about this topic to think that there may be issues with this.  I
suspect it has to do with how Unity handles the two screens but I haven't
looked into it in any great detail... Just felt I needed to give a heads up.

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