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

Nico Michael(PtaISP) nick.michael at ptaisp.co.za
Thu Aug 25 13:10:49 UTC 2011

Hi there Mr G

Got the Nvidia installer from http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-ia32-173.14.31-driver.html

 I stopped gdm

 When running installer I get the error,

 "The distribution provided pre-install script failed, Continue yes / no"

 I assume it is not very safe to continue.

 I also found the following links:




Which one of the links above will be the best to follow:

 Setting up multimonitors:




On 2011-08-24 16:14, Neil Oosthuizen wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 4:17 PM, G Christie <gcchristie at gmail.com <mailto: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.
> Regards
> Neil
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