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Old 06-16-11, 02:26 PM   #1
Venemo
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Default Please help me with my external monitor

Hi,

I have a Fujitsu Amilo Pi 3560 laptop with an NVidia GeForce GT 240M card.
I use the NVidia driver 275.09.07 with Fedora 15.

At my desk, I use a Samsung SyncMaster 2233SN monitor with TwinView. However, I often find myself in a situation when I need to bring my laptop with me, and in these situations I usually need to either restart the X server or configure the display settings with nvidia-settings manually when I want to change my options. I also need to do the same when I come back and plug my monitor in.

I'm looking for the following features:
- When I plug my monitor in, I want my laptop to automatically recognize it and extend the desktop according to how I set it previously
- When I plug out my monitor, I want my laptop to automatically recognize it and shrink back the desktop to the internal monitor only.

Is this supported?
As I see it, all other Linux graphics drivers support these features, and they also work on NVidia's Windows driver, so I can't understand why it couldn't work on Linux.

Could anyone help me with this, please?
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Old 06-16-11, 07:32 PM   #2
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I'm looking for the following features:
- When I plug my monitor in, I want my laptop to automatically recognize it and extend the desktop according to how I set it previously
- When I plug out my monitor, I want my laptop to automatically recognize it and shrink back the desktop to the internal monitor only.

Is this supported?
No.
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Old 06-17-11, 10:06 AM   #3
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No.
That is very sad, why not?
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Old 06-17-11, 11:09 AM   #4
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That is very sad, why not?
It's against the rules.

Actually it's pretty embarrassing that we can't change X configurations without restarting the server. It's one of those things so embarrassing that you hope none of your friends finds out about it.

At least nvidia gives us the dynamic twinview experience in the nvidia-settings panel... but like you say, you still have the inconvenience of loading the GUI and changing the settings.

Then again... the last time I booted into Win XP it automagically was no longer able to figure out that I had a dual-monitor setup, and I no longer had the option to select the second monitor in the nvidia panel. I gave up trying to figure it out.

The moral of the story is that computers are evil.
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