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  1. #1

    Default How to set 2 screens

    Hello.
    I just ubstalled Suse 11.1
    My video card is nvidia 9400 gs
    When I go to yast>hradware>videocard and screen, I can see the name of the video card. So I suppouse that my videocard is installed. But I am not sure. How can I check it?
    And I dont know how to configure 2 screens. When I run my PC with 2 screens conected, Suse runs, but the screens are darks, and I cannot see anything.
    If I run My pc with one screen, it runs OK, but I have only one screen. And I want to configure my 2 screens.
    Any help please?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    Are you using the nvidia proprietary drivers? If not, have a look at this page, it will guide you through installation of the nvidia drivers (very easy through one-click). Once these are installed, you can run nvidia-settings (as root) and it will give you a gui to setup your video preferences.

    If you don't want the nvidia drivers for some reason, you should be able to do this with sax2 as well.

    If you need more assistance, feel free to ask.

  3. #3

    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    Hello herderofyaks
    Thank for helping
    I tried the NVIDIA - openSUSE ,method and the instalation was OK. When I go to yast2, I see the option to run my second screen, but when I restart my computer, I had only terminal. No KDE. So, I reinstall my Suse again. installed nvidia driver again from the page and I lost my kde again.
    Well, now I reinstall Suse again
    but this time I want to try anither method
    Any advice?

  4. #4
    Niclas Ekstedt NNTP User

    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    miros84,

    >
    > Hello herderofyaks
    > Thank for helping
    > I tried the 'NVIDIA - openSUSE' (http://en.opensuse.org/Nvidia) ,method
    > and the instalation was OK. When I go to yast2, I see the option to run
    > my second screen, but when I restart my computer, I had only terminal.
    > No KDE. So, I reinstall my Suse again. installed nvidia driver again
    > from the page and I lost my kde again.
    > Well, now I reinstall Suse again
    > but this time I want to try anither method
    > Any advice?


    Once you have the NVidia driver installed, from a terminal, as root run
    'nvidia-settings' In here under X-Server Display configuration you can
    configure your screens.

    Might be a good idea to make a backup of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file
    first if something should go wrong and X doesn't startup properly.
    In such a case you could just restore the xorg.conf file to get back
    to where you were before trying to configure the nvidia settings.


    --
    _________________________________________
    Niclas Ekstedt, CNA/CNE/CNS/CLS
    Systems Engineer
    Atea Sverige AB


  5. #5

    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    As I told, when I install the nvidia driver, and I restart my computer, my KDE desapears. I do not do anything. Just install the nvidia driver, restart and no KDE.
    So, is there something wrong.

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    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    1] Check the X log file to see if / when anything went wrong - /var/log/Xorg.0.log

    2] Try just typing 'startx' and see if things come up.

  7. #7

    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    I tried, but no luck

    Code:
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    Release Date: 10 October 2008
    X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
    Build Operating System: openSUSE SUSE LINUX
    Current Operating System: Linux linux-9iow 2.6.27.7-9-pae #1 SMP 2008-12-04 18:10:04 +0100 i686
    Build Date: 03 December 2008  09:21:06AM
     
        Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
        to make sure that you have the latest version.
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    Fatal server error:
    no screens found
    Any advice?

  8. #8
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    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    Once you install the Nvidia drivers, you don't use Yast to configure your video settings anymore. My typical procedure is to run sax2 to get a single working monitor so that I can run KDE. From that point, I install the nvidia driver (via 1-click install, or through yast software management if I have the repository set up).

    After that, use the nvidia-settings utility to do any further configuration of your video settings. Setting up the nvidia drivers and then using yast to change them messes up your configuration, as you have seen. If you want to start over by reinstalling openSUSE from scratch, that's up to you. After you finish the installation, make sure everything is working ok and then install the nvidia drivers using your preferred method.

    Another alternative, if you haven't yet done a reinstallation, would be to remove your current xorg.conf and start the configuration over with the procedure I mentioned above (starting with sax2).

    This has nothing to do with your video settings, but do you have your /home directory on a separate partition? This is highly recommended in general, but especially useful when reinstalling frequently. After a while you start learning how to fix things, but when I started out reinstalling was usually the easiest fix for any problem as well. Having your /home on a separate partition allows you to retain any files you have there when you do a new install, without having to backup and recover each time. Not really a big issue at first, but once you've had things up and running for a while it can be a pain.

  9. #9

    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    Yes, I did everything you said. But when I restart my PC, I have not KDE.

  10. #10
    Niclas Ekstedt NNTP User

    Default Re: How to set 2 screens

    herderofyaks,

    >
    > Once you install the Nvidia drivers, you don't use Yast to configure
    > your video settings anymore. My typical procedure is to run sax2 to get
    > a single working monitor so that I can run KDE. From that point, I
    > install the nvidia driver (via 1-click install, or through yast software
    > management if I have the repository set up).
    >
    > After that, use the nvidia-settings utility to do any further
    > configuration of your video settings. Setting up the nvidia drivers and
    > then using yast to change them messes up your configuration, as you have


    This is the same procedure I use. Has never failed so far :-)


    --
    _________________________________________
    Niclas Ekstedt, CNA/CNE/CNS/CLS
    Systems Engineer
    Atea Sverige AB


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