xrandr and external monitor
Jonas Norlander wrote:
> 2008/5/7 Nigel Ridley <email@example.com>:
>> I am trying to get an external monitor (LCD) working properly on my Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop.
>> It has an Fn-F8 combo which should switch/cycle between the laptop screen and the external
>> Fn-F8 only works, according to the folks at Dell, with Gnome. They suggested that I try
>> I have read the man page but can only get a clone of my laptop with the same resolution on
>> both screens. This makes the windows on the laptop too long (so I can't see the bottom of
>> them). On the external monitor things look OK.
>> This was using 'xrandr --auto'
>> I would like to be able to keep my default resolution on the laptop (1280x800) and have
>> 1024x768 on the external monitor. Is this possible?
> One way to use two monitors (if your hardware supports it) is to
> configure your xorg.conf to use Xinerama or if you have an nvidia card
> Twinview. In case of Nvidia you can use the nvidia-xconfig GUI to
> configure your xorg.conf.
> / Jonas
According to sourceforge > Xinerama: As of 2007-09-20 10:44, this project is no longer
under active development.
There is an option under System Settings to enable another monitor. I am reluctant to go
that way as the whole point of a laptop + external monitor/screen, is that it will
probably change depending where the laptop is; ie. giving a presentation at a conference
using a projector, and then at another venue using a different projector/screen.
I did actually connect the external monitor, then restart X and it looked pretty good on
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