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Dual Head Support with Radeon 9600SE VGA/DVi Kubuntu Xorg

Postby youlikeicecream » Sun Jun 05, 2005 10:43 am

Is there some way I can manually specify a new adapter / monitor within the xorg config file myself in order to get dual head functionality. At the moment my 2 monitors display the same screen, but I would like a desktop spread accross the 2. Have had a poke around the internet and found that ATi make rubbish Linuxware (should have bought nVidia - damn). Have got the Ati control panel installed and ... Kubuntu - Hoary Hedgehog, Kde3.4, Xorg 6.8.2-10 and xorg-driver-fglrx 6.8.0-8.8.25.

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RE: Dual Head Support with Radeon 9600SE VGA/DVi Kubuntu Xor

Postby youlikeicecream » Fri Jun 10, 2005 11:49 am

anyone?
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RE: Dual Head Support with Radeon 9600SE VGA/DVi Kubuntu Xor

Postby Nigel » Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:31 pm

What you are looking for is the Xinerama extensions to X.
Beyond that, I'm afraid I can't help as I don't have a dual-head machine to play with :cry:
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RE: Dual Head Support with Radeon 9600SE VGA/DVi Kubuntu Xor

Postby youlikeicecream » Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:41 pm

I installed the extensions but I still cant get it to detect my Monitors. It wont detect them as plug and play i have to specify them (as one monitor) manually.

do you know how i could configure a monitor in the xorg config file manually?

i can post my config if necissary

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RE: Dual Head Support with Radeon 9600SE VGA/DVi Kubuntu Xor

Postby youlikeicecream » Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:42 pm

you can get graphics cards with vga and dvi for under £40 :)

at the end of the day i thnk i should have bought an Nvidia, but someone convinced me to get a cheap ATI card instead of a cheap Nvidia card

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RE: Dual Head Support with Radeon 9600SE VGA/DVi Kubuntu Xor

Postby Nigel » Fri Jun 10, 2005 12:47 pm

Hmmm... assuming it is actually possible to drive the VGA and DVI ports separately, perhaps this will help...

http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-22412.html

or maybe this...

http://lists.freedesktop.org/pipermail/ ... 04784.html
(follow the thread forwards a couple of posts for a possible solution)
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Postby youlikeicecream » Fri Jun 10, 2005 3:35 pm

thanks Nigel, will have a look at em whe i get home from work , just grabbed an gigabyte Nvidia MX4000 with DVI and VGA, which i will have a bash with too.

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Postby korrka » Sun Jun 12, 2005 7:59 pm

Hello Mike
I would be very interested to know about your experience with dual head ATI and/or nvidia

some time ago I have bopught ATI Radeon 9200 SE (claimed dual head support)
and I did not even find the second vga output.

Now I am thinking about buying an nVidia card.

Let me know please how it all works for you

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Postby youlikeicecream » Mon Jun 13, 2005 5:15 am

Apparently Nvidia is the way to go... they have better driver support in Linux. If you are using windows then either card will give you dual-head support. I believe i might need a Free86 driver for my card instead of Xorg.

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Postby TimIgoe » Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:02 pm

Using the ATI control panel software - you can select how you want the dual head to be set up
You should have a line like this in teh xorg.conf assuming your using the fglrx drivers. If not - get them from ATi :)

Option "DesktopSetup" "0x00000201"

In that case, it sets up my dual head with my primary screen being on the VGA and on the left of the 2nd (DVI and right)
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