Debian Multimedia :: Multiple Monitors On Laptop Causing System Freeze?

Mar 18, 2010

I'm having some trouble hooking my external flatscreen monitor up to my Toshiba Tecra's docking station and having Mint (or Debian) be happy with it. The laptop uses a widescreen monitor but my external is a 4x3; I wonder if this is causing problems. Of course, it may just be the Intel 82801G graphics adapter.et things up properly in the Display Preferences config window (I'm using Gnome, btw) but when I hit apply, the system locks and I have to hard boot. I've never set up a linux box with multiple monitors before, let alone multiple monitors that require different resolutions.

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Debian :: Total System Freeze / What Is Causing It?

Jun 16, 2011

I'm experiencing constant system freezes, and was wondering which log file to view in order to determine what is causing it. I switched over from linux mint as it was giving me the same issues now being experience on my debian setup.

When my system does freeze, the keyboard is unresponsive (caps lock won't even turn on) and I have to use the power button to get out of it. The only thing that does work is my wireless mouse which I can still move around.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: NVIDIA Multiple Monitors With 16:10 Laptop Display And 16:9 HD TV

Dec 3, 2010

I'm using a NVIDIA 9600M GT on my laptop running Ubuntu 10.10. The laptop has a 16:10 display, I also connected my 16:9 LCD TV via HDMI. I would like to use them as clones. The problem is, as my TV has a different aspect ratio than my laptop display, the image does not fully fit on the TV. For example, when using a resolution of 1280x800 (16:10), one tenth of the width of that image is missing on my TV, as it has an aspect ratio of 16:9.

In Windows, the NVIDIA software stretches the image so that it appears a little distorted on my TV, but at least I see everything. Is it possible to do that in Ubuntu?

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Debian Multimedia :: Laptop With A Docking Station / How To Switch Monitors?

Feb 21, 2011

I have HP Compaq 6530b laptop running Debian Wheezy AMD64. I have a docking station with a monitor supporting 1680x1050 resolution and the laptop monitor with 1440x900. The video is integrated Intel mobile series 4.Both monitors are identified and working OK. When I use the laptop monitor standalone it runs at the native resolution. When connected to the docking station I can choose dual monitors with both using their native resolutions and the desktop spread on both of them (with the laptop monitor being primary and containing the taskbar and icons). If I choose to mirror the display it sets itself to a lower resolution of 1280x1024 that is supported by both monitors.

The problem is that I want to use one monitor at a time. If I close the lid of the laptop it turns off both monitors instead of using the docking station. When the lid is closed I want the bigger docking station monitor to be primary and working at native resolution and if I open the laptop or remove the laptop from the docking station to use the laptop monitor at it's native resolution.I had Debian Lenny I386 before and it was operating as expected but I made a clean install of Wheezy amd64 and I don't know how to configure it.I don't have xorg.conf file so I don't know where it takes the settings from.

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Debian Hardware :: Linux Non-free ATI Driver Causing Login Freeze

Oct 22, 2015

Whilst watching my system boot I see the following error:

'drm: radeon pci probe error kernel requires firmware non-free'.

When I install the ATI graphics driver, sure - I get all the screen resolutions I could possibly want, but the cost appears to be that it makes it causes my system to freeze at the user name and password screen. Sometimes the cursor blinks teasingly, but nothing appears as I type; sometimes the cursor itself is frozen.

My question isn't about the myriad of theoretical key combinations that might work - none of them have thus far.

I'm wondering whether I can simply continue using the default driver that the debian installer (ver. 8 stable 'Jessie') installed on my system. It's true that I only get 3 choices of screen resolution - 1152x864, 1024x768, and 800x600 - but my system seems so much more stable than when I install the proprietary ATI driver.

Aside from the login screen freezing - more often than not, strange things were happening keyboard wise - especially when composing posts for forums - the cursor would suddenly jump to another line of previously composed text for example!

So, can I keep the default driver or is it best to install the ATI driver and attempt to troubleshoot it? Is it even possible to troubleshoot a problematic driver - I knew how to do such things in Windows, but still learning about linux.

Also, when my system freezes at login (for whatever reason), if I'm obliged to simply hit the laptop power button to power down and press it again to restart - is this potentially damaging/corrupting my system - Debian, or indeed my hard drive?

Going forward, is the ATI driver issue likely be addressed in future Debian releases? Obviously, I would prefer to have the proper driver installed so as to have more screen resolution options - since I will be using my laptop for developing and testing web sites.

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Debian Multimedia :: System Freeze After Long Time Inactivity

Feb 16, 2015

I made a fresh installation of Debian.

Code: Select all[VOSTRO200@root]#uname --all
Linux VOSTRO200 3.2.0-4-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.2.65-1+deb7u1 x86_64 GNU/Linux

I changed to the kde desktop environment. I logged in as a normal user, and left the computer running for a few hours. when I came back the screen was turned off and the system does not respond to mouse movement, pressing the keyboard, or any combination thereof. I tried

Code: Select allCtr+Alt+F1,
CapsLock

First time i touched keyboard the led of numlock turned off, and never back. Blanking the screen itself does not cause a system crash, this occurs after several hours of inactivity.

.xsession-errors
Code: Select all/etc/gdm3/Xsession: Beginning session setup...
localuser:bartek being added to access control list
openConnection: connect: Nie ma takiego pliku ani katalogu
cannot connect to brltty at :0
Failed to connect to the VirtualBox kernel service

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Dual Monitors Laptop Goes White

May 3, 2010

Just installed a clean version of 10.04 onto my Sony VAIO with an ATI Radeon Mobility x700 video card.Whilst using 9.10 KK I was getting low resolution but the dual monitors worked totally fine.Which I use to connect to my TV via a RGB/PC Cord.Since upgrading to 10.04 the resolution is awesome BUT when I merge both monitors the laptop goes mental and shows a white/whitish screen.If I use have both monitors side by side its OK but then I cant run xbmc to show movies. I'm stuck with making the TV my main monitor, which is a pain.Why is the laptop going white after merging screens? Does anybody have any ideas?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Shopping Video CardS For Multiple Monitors?

Aug 16, 2011

I'm about to start a new build for my primary machine at home. The plan is to load up a server/workstation motherboard (ASUS KGPE-D16) with two 8-core chip, as much RAM as it will take (32GB) and to put two graphics cards in it. One to power my main 24" monitor (ideally via HDMI) and the other card to power two screens, one 24" on each left and right side via DVI (unless I can find a dual-HDMI card that meets my needs).

Does that make sense? Here's my question for this awesome group of intelligent individuals: What video card model should I choose? Obviously, I'd like them to match so I can SLI / CrossFire if I really want to, but what setup should I plan on to have a good experience managing multiple displays on multiple video cards?

Oh, and budget is probably up to about $300 per card, maybe a little more if it makes a lot of sense.I'm not alone in having tons of problems with trying to get multi monitor support in the last few versions of Ubuntu, and honestly it's the only reason why I'm still running Windows7: the multi monitor support is just SO DAMNED easy! I shouldn't have to spend this much energy thinking about video card model- it should just work, shouldn't it?

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General :: Tar Is Causing A Complete Freeze?

Jun 13, 2010

I have a very simple bash script that just runs a series of backups using tar; for example, one of the lines reads:tar -czvpf /srv/backups/backup_home.tar.gz /homeThis script is scheduled to run every Friday, but occasionally I will schedule it to run before using 'at'. The script is located on the same disk as the backups are saved, I then transfer them off the machine manually (I've yet to automate this). I am only compressing files that are located on the server's disk, no files are being transferred over the network at all.

The problem is, occasionally it appears to be causing the 'server' I have running all the time to completely freeze. When this happens the machine does not power down and there are no entries in the log that indicate a problem. Everything simply stops until I press the reset button. Note that this issue also happens when you run the script manually and not just when it is run via cron or at.I *think* this might be happening when a large file is being compressed, but I'm not certain.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Small Screen After Installing 10.4 On Laptop - No Greater Options In System Preferences Monitors

Jul 24, 2010

I installed 10.4 on my Satellite Pro via CD replacing XP. Screen resolution is now only 800x600 which fills only 3/4 of available screen space and there are no greater options in System Preferences Monitors. It is also operating rather slower than the previous OS, maybe these two issues are connected? I have checked Administration for any required Proprietary Drivers. There is just one for a modem which is activated. During installation I aborted it then closed down and restarted, which may have affected the process?

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Debian Configuration :: Jessie Nvidia-settings Multiple Monitors

Aug 30, 2015

I've always used Debian with a single monitor and no need of proprietary drivers, because I usually don't do graphics or multimedia. Now I'm asked to set-up a machine with 3 nvidia video cards (770) and 4 monitors and everything went south. I started with just 2 monitors connected to 2 different video cards, not wanting to push my luck.

I installed a fresh Jessie and followed the instruction to install the nvidia drivers and tools from the Wiki. Everything went smooth. After reboot I executed (as root) nvidia-settings and I configured the two monitors to be one to the right to the other, with BaseMosaic option (at this point just one monitor was active) I saved the configuration to /etc/X11/xorg.conf , I even executed nvidia-xconfig as suggested, I rebooted and nothing happened, only one monitor was working, while the other -- looking again in the nvidia settings -- was still disabled.

I then tried with xinerama option and things are even worse, since now both monitors are black. I can login in one textual shell, but then I don't know what to do, since in my 10+ years of linux ... I never had to mess with X server. Is there a way to at least recover a working X without reinstalling everything?

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Video In VLC Causing System Lock Up?

Apr 18, 2011

I have an intermittent and very irritating problem. I have a desktop PC with Ubuntu Lucid installed that I use primarily for watching films using VLC. Every so often (seemingly at random) around half way through the film the whole thing locks up - the video freezes, the audio skips (like a stuck record) and the system is unresponsive - the only cure is a full restart with the power button. Im at a loss as to how to try and diagnose this issue. Is there a log somewhere that might have the info after I reboot?

Usefull info on the system:

- AMD processor - 64 capable but running 32 as I wanted to avoid issues.

- grpahics is via an NVIDIA Geforce FX5500 (PCI interface NOT AGP)

- Restricted NVIDIA drivers installed and working

- Also useful to note that this problem occured when using an AGP ATI Radeon 9200 (using the standard open source drivers of course). In fact the problem was worse with the ATI - the frequency of lock ups is less with the new set up.

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Ubuntu Multimedia :: Skype Causing System Audio To Stop?

Apr 28, 2010

I am using ubuntu 9.10, but I also noticed this with 9.04 on a different laptop. Sometimes when I am using skype, for no reason and after no particular event the audio for everything in the system except for the skype video will just quit, and sometimes the sound doesn't even work for the video either. Buttons don't make their sounds any more and I can't play music or hear audio on flash videos. By can't play music, its weird because the music player (amarok) will just scroll through my entire playlist really fast like it can't play any of the songs.

To solve the problem, I have to shut down skype and firefox, but I'm not sure whether I can just shut one of them down without having to shut down the other. My audio settings in skype are all set to pulse and it is adjusting the mixer levels automatically. This problem has persisted across two laptops and two versions of ubuntu (9.04 32 bit and 9.10 64 bit), so I think it's about time I finally asked how to fix it.

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OpenSUSE :: Mplayer Plugin Causing Firefox To Freeze?

Mar 12, 2011

I've been having trouble lately with firefox freezing. For awhile I couldn't figure out what was causing it as it seemed random. But I think I narrowed down the problem to the mplayer plugin. Whenever I go to a site that has streaming video, the mplayer plugin would start reading the stream, but then display "stopped". Now sometimes when it does this firefox would freeze, but sometimes it wouldn't freeze till I start mousing over my bookmark tabs, then it would freeze my entire desktop. I can move my mouse but not much else. I can do a ctrl-alt-backspace to reload the xserver. Has anyone else noticed this? Also, can some help me troubleshoot this. I've removed and then re-installed firefox and the myplayer plugin; deleted my .mozilla directory; changed profiles. Is there anything else I can do?

Here are the package details:

Code:

Repository: @System
Name: MozillaFirefox
Version: 3.6.15-0.2.2
Arch: x86_64

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OpenSUSE Network :: Networkmanager Causing Freeze On Resume?

Jul 23, 2011

i've been able to narrow down a freezing issue on my laptop, down to NetworkManager when i have a cifs share mounted in fstab.removing the cifs mount, or using 'ifup' method appears to fix the issue.the problem is when my laptop resumes from sleep, and when using NetworkManager with cifs share, then i get a 20second freeze when using the launcher while the network sorts itself out. this happens on either wifi or wired connections. this freeze only occurs when using the Launcher for the first time after resume. if i dont use the launcher then everything is fine untill i do (ie: i have network access and desktop shortcuts work fine)

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Networking :: Gigabit Switch Causing Network To Freeze?

Dec 30, 2010

We have an old Zonet 10/100 switch in our home network that locks up whenever there's a power glitch longer than about a microsecond. (OK. It's not that bad but if the lights flicker, I usually end up going down to the basement to see if the switch is hung.) None of the computers or peripherals are affected by the glitches, BTW. Power-cycle the switch and everything starts working again. After putting up with this for months I finally picked up a Netgear 8-port 10/100/1000 switch to replace the Zonet. Unfortunately, when the Netgear switch is in the network, everything slows to a crawl before completely freezing up. Pinging other systems barely worksname would not work.Pinging another system by its IP address worked a little but packet losses of 70%-80% were the best I saw. At first. Then it gets to where the loss is 100%.

All systems were rebooted after the Netgear switch was inserted into the network. The systems that were capable of gigabit connections autosensed the new switch and set their port speed accordingly. And that's about all that works when the Netgear switch is present. (The Zonet is back in the network now.)One thing I have not tried is forcing the port speed on the gigabit-capable systems to 100Mb and re-inserting the Netgear switch into the network to see if the problem if due to running some of the ports at 1000Mb.The systems on the network are running various versions of Linux (with different kernel versions, of course). Most are due for upgrades to get them current but I was planning on hitting the systems that had gigabit-capable ethernet interfaces thinking that a.) 100Mb speeds have been around forever and no problems have been seen when everything was running at 100Mb in the past and b.) the gigabit support for the older kernels should be better (one system only supports an MTA of 1500 max at 1000Mb).

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Jul 10, 2010

So I have recently been making attempts at setting up my RTL8192SU chipset usb wifi. After struggling to set it up by following the steps on this link: [URL]../url?sa=t&jUyXQukrfIw After doing this I had no idea what it was supposed to look like but It did display several warnings along the lines of "warning: cast from pointer to integer of different size" I continued following steps as another error occurred "cp cannot stat autoconf.rtl8712_usb_linux.h" I then entered sudo modprobe 8712u and my screen went black i was forced shut down . Upon rebooting I found it also would lock up if my usb device was plugged in It will boot with it unplugged but as soon as it is plugged in again it will lock up my system and send it to a black screen.

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OpenSUSE Hardware :: Radeon Drivers Causing XOrg Freeze With 3D Graphics?

Dec 31, 2009

I'm having a few problems with XOrg freezing while playing World of Goo (not the worlds most intense game for graphics, but seemingly too much for my rig). I initially posted on the developer's forums, but they said a full X freeze wouldn't be the game. Testing with BZFlag got me a full Xorg freeze even quicker than with WoG. Later I even tried glxgears to see how well it ran and even that froze the system! My only way of recovering is SysReq-REISUB.

Specs/system details:

2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (E6600)
2GB RAM
Radeon X1950XTX using the open source drivers
openSUSE 11.2 (64-bit - patched up to date and without an xorg.conf)

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So, is there a fix for the huge instability with 3D graphics, or am I stuck between a rock and a hard place with the options of outdated official drivers that may not work with the latest kernels (and would need manually rebuilding even if they did) or flakey open drivers that are guaranteed to freeze at some point, it is just a matter of when?

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Feb 14, 2016

I have Debian Jessie 8 installed on a Acer 5733 Laptop. After I closed the screen, it goes sleeping, and when I open it, aleatory, it freezes. I don't have graphical interface, and the tty are not accessible. Sometimes, I get access to the computer 10 seconds, and then freeze.I have to shutdown the computer...and lose my work I was doing.I thought it was a X-problem, but the tty don't work too, so it's not ? When I restart the computer, it shows Code: Select allclearing orphaned inode <some inode number.

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Jun 4, 2010

I'm starting to have A LOT of opened windows in my machine. Sometimes within a project, I have e-mail/task management/personal e-mail/twitter, and a lot of different opened applications/terminals in my Linux workstation.Sometimes it would be interesting to have different workspaces to projects instead of this configuration I have nowadays that are classes of work (bad name, I know, but I think you got the idea).I'm starting to think about using two monitors: one with Corporate Management, Work and Personal. The second monitor is only the development state: each workspace here is about a project being worked on instead of groups of works like before. A workspace may be implementing different classes for example.

My question is: I just want to change to a second monitor using the mouse. I want to still be able to change workspaces in the same monitor using keyboard shortcuts. The keyboard shortcuts wouldn't change monitors, just worskpaces on the same monitor. All the tutorials I read (like this one) only tells how to use multiple monitors but doesn't answer my question about keyboard shortcuts.Does Linux (Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx or Debian 5.0.5 Lenny) support this envisioned setup (Different workspaces in a way that keyboard workspace switching only works in the current monitor) ? If so, how?I haven't tested this setup, that's why I'm asking. In this question the user says it works exactly how I want it to behave, can someone else confirm it?

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Jul 12, 2010

So essentially, I have 3 monitors and i'm attempting to run 2 different window managers/sessions at once split up on the monitors. It is intended to be like this:

Code:
[GNOME/Compiz - Screen0]
- Left Monitor[code]......

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Jun 20, 2011

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[ 2608.910307] iwl4965 0000:06:00.0: Queue 4 stuck for 2000 ms.
[ 2608.910317] iwl4965 0000:06:00.0: On demand firmware reload
[ 2608.912832] ieee80211 phy0: Hardware restart was requested

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Apr 4, 2010

i'm running debian on a custom-built (no brand) box, which has been up and running for, maybe, 3-4 years with no issues whatsoever. all good parts... asus mbo, athlon, wd hd, etc. lately, every once in a while - like, say, every couple of days - i hear a "beep" from the box and the system freezes... lose the keyboard and mouse, and the display stays up but also freezes (for example, if a videos vid was playing, it would just freeze). have to physically reboot to get the system back. i assume this has nothing to do with the os or any app (although i'm usually browsing with chrome or ff when it happens). not being a hardware guy... can anybody clue me in as to how to figure out what's causing the problem?

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Jan 12, 2010

I'm very new to Linux and have installed debian Lenny.
but I have met some problems. The biggerst one is that I cant start debian.
To be more exactly, debian freeze after i come to the loggin scean, I cant move the mouse and i cant wright.

You may say that this is hardwear error but its not, cus i can run grubs singel-user-mode and do whatever i want in the shell.

so my question is, how do i fix this from shell. I think maby I shld change something in xorg.conf but not sure what, and how.

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Apr 1, 2010

When I try to shut my PC down (press the shutdown button in KDE 4.3.4), the desktop quits, but the console screen does not appear (the CTRL+ALT+F1 screen). Well, technically speaking it appears but only a still (not blinking) cursor is shown, otherwise the whole screen is blank. This means that not only the X freezes but whole system, because the keyboard is unresponsive too. It happend multiple times now, and every time I reboot after such event, some kde rc files (amarokrc, kmailrc, etc...) get deleted due to the automated filesystem check (unclean umount), which means that I have to reconfigure these apps again.

My home partition is on a separate EXT2 partition (this way I have full r/w access from winxp) and every time this is the only one which gets corrupted. The system partition (which is EXT3) is always intact (no fsck starts on boot). I'm using Debian Squeeze by the way.

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Apr 17, 2016

I have the following situation:

- Intel HD 4600 and 2 Full-HD monitors (Dell IPS, same model)
- left DisplayPort, right DVI
- Debian stretch with Linux 4.4.0-1-amd64
- XServer X11R7.7 and Cinnamon 2.8.7

… and the following problem:

When I restart the system or login after Standby, usually (not always, but often) some strange green and red pixels appear on the monitor which is connected via DVI. I can remove them by changing the display settings and restoring the extended mode again. However, most of the time the XServer crashes by trying to enable or restore the dual monitor mode (although I’m still able to start a new instance of X from another tty). The XServer also crashes every time I try to enable the extended mode from another situation.

I’ve already tried the following:
- connecting both monitors via DP (no pixes, but also crashes)
- swapping the monitors and using different cables, assuming a hardware problem first (no change)
- VGA instead DVI (works, but inelegant).
- blacklisting i915 or using the xforcevesa boot option (neither of them works, i915 starts though)
- using the nomodeset boot option (detects only one monitor and produces a fallback in software rendering mode)

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Feb 26, 2015

I am pretty new to using Linux, I am currently trying to configure 3 monitor's with Xorg in Debian Wheezy. I have 2 video cards in the PC and one has a Dell Y-splitter to connect 2 monitors. 2 monitors are 1920x1080 resolution and the other is 1280x1024.

LSPCI
Code: Select all00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:16.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family KT Controller (rev 04)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82579LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 04)

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I attempted to write my own xorg.conf file, but that resulted in the machine booting to single user mode and the xorg startx error log said it could not find any devices.

When I used the xorg.conf.new generated by the "xorg -configure" command, I was able to get it to display as 3 independent screens, but there was overlap on the screens. I.E. if you moved the mouse to the right side of one monitor, it would show on the left side of another screen at the same time.

automatically generated xorg.conf:
Code: Select allSection "ServerLayout"
        Identifier     "X.org Configured"
        Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
        Screen      1  "Screen1" RightOf "Screen0"
        Screen      2  "Screen2" RightOf "Screen1"

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Debian Multimedia :: 2 Graphic Cards For 3 Monitors - Second Card Not Available

Apr 30, 2015

I inserted another graphics card to my computer to use 3 monitors. The card appears in lspci but I can't access it in gnome.

What do I have to do to set this up.

Here is the output of my xorg.log: [URL].....

$ lspci | grep VGA
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 06)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV530 [Radeon X1600 XT/X1650 GTO]

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Apr 25, 2016

I recently installed Debian 8 (Jessie) with the default desktop environment (Gnome), and I use a dual monitor setup. Everything works absolutely fine beyond the fact that when I switch between desktops in the dash (Activities menu?), only the windows on my primary monitor switch, and the ones on my secondary stay the same.

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Sep 4, 2010

I'd be grateful for any suggestions to get a second TV/Monitor to work in addition to the desktop monitor for a PC which runs Lenny. The first monitor is a small TFTLCD 15". Works perfectly with a GEForce FX 5200 nvidia graphic card and uses the 173.14.09 driver. Having obtained an SVGA cable, I connected the card to a rather larger 32" LCD Panasonic TX-L32S10B TV to enable some armchair viewing of internet etc for my parents. The Panasonic TV or monitor shows all the boot messages but the graphical server fails to start. I know that both screens work, either alternatively or simultaneously, having tested with a Puppy live CD.
However, running

nvidia-xconfig --twinview results in an incorrect screen resolution for the 15" TFT Monitor; Gnome Screen Resolution Preferences gives a rather surprising fixed setting of 2048x786/50Hz when the maximum should be 1024x768. The resulting xorg.conf file is:

cat /etc/X11/xorg.conf
# nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig
# nvidia-xconfig: version 1.0 (buildd@ninsei) Fri Sep 5 22:23:08 UTC 2008
Section "ServerLayout"
Identifier "Layout0"
Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0

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