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Old 03-07-2010, 07:54 AM
Dan Johansson
 
Default Xinerama and Xrandr

I have been playing with my X-configuration this weekend and I can not really
get it to work the way I like. My desktop box has two Nvidia cards installed
with one monitor connected to each. On to of that I am running KDE (v 4.3.5 at
the moment).

# lspci | grep VGA
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G86 [GeForce 8400 GS]
(rev a1)
05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G86 [GeForce 8400 GS]
(rev a1)

If I have "Option Xinerama on" in the ServerLayout section in xorg.conf then
KDE uses both monitors (in Xinerama "mode") but I can not use any "Desktop
effects" as "Compositing is not supported". Also a lot of GUI programs reports
"Xlib: extension "RANDR" missing on display ":0.0"."

If I set "Option Xinerama off" in xorg.conf then KDE only "runs" on one of the
monitors and the "Desktop effects" works great. And the other GUI's does not
give me that Xlkib error message. But now the only way to start a GUI on the
second Monitor is to prefix it with DISPLAY=:0.1 or use --display :0.1.

Does someone have any suggestion how I can "get the best of both worlds"?
i.e. Compositing && KDE using both monitors.

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Old 03-10-2010, 01:20 AM
Allistar
 
Default Xinerama and Xrandr

Dan Johansson wrote:

> I have been playing with my X-configuration this weekend and I can not
> really get it to work the way I like. My desktop box has two Nvidia cards
> installed with one monitor connected to each. On to of that I am running
> KDE (v 4.3.5 at the moment).
>
> # lspci | grep VGA
> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G86 [GeForce 8400
> GS] (rev a1)
> 05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation G86 [GeForce 8400
> GS] (rev a1)
>
> If I have "Option Xinerama on" in the ServerLayout section in xorg.conf
> then KDE uses both monitors (in Xinerama "mode") but I can not use any
> "Desktop effects" as "Compositing is not supported". Also a lot of GUI
> programs reports
> "Xlib: extension "RANDR" missing on display ":0.0"."
>
> If I set "Option Xinerama off" in xorg.conf then KDE only "runs" on one of
> the monitors and the "Desktop effects" works great. And the other GUI's
> does not
> give me that Xlkib error message. But now the only way to start a GUI on
> the second Monitor is to prefix it with DISPLAY=:0.1 or use --display
> :0.1.
>
> Does someone have any suggestion how I can "get the best of both worlds"?
> i.e. Compositing && KDE using both monitors.

You cannot do compositing or XRandR and Xinerama at the same time. Each of
those NVidia cards has two outputs. One approach is to only use one of the
cards and us NVidia's TwinView, which gets around having to use the
Xinerama extension. Then you can have a single big desktop spanning both
monitors, and the eye candy of desktop effects.
 

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