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Thread: Suse 11.3 and KDE 4.4.4 multi monitor support

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    Default Suse 11.3 and KDE 4.4.4 multi monitor support

    I have not checked for a while but did, before posting this, do a search for multi monitor support with KDE 4.4.4 and found nothing.

    From what I understand 11.3 is out sometime next month and KDE 4.4.4 is the KDE environment that will be released with that iteration of SUSe.

    About a month ago I read about a number of problems with multiple monitor support under 4.4.4. Primarily these issues seemed to be with no more than 2 monitors. The SUSe 11.2 machine here uses KDE 4.3 runs three monitors (Intel core quad, pair of NVidia PCIe graphics cards). I was wondering whether any of the bugs with this type of configuration have been resolved. From what I understood 4.4.4 worked with problems using Twinview but I was not able to find anything that addressed the configuration of having separate X Screens.

    Thought I would post this to try to find out what may be in store for those of us who run more than 2 monitors when 11.3 comes out.

    Thanks
    Carr

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    Default Re: Suse 11.3 and KDE 4.4.4 multi monitor support

    The inability two work with two Xscreens is a bummer for me too, which even made me think of switching back to Gnome. Playing around with Ubuntu 10.04, however, made me realise how addicted to KDE4 I have become... I have this nice pivoting monitor going spare, and I'd love to be able to use it in KDE (Twinview doesn't help as you can't rotate just one of two monitors, and RandR 1.2 is not supported by NVIDIA drivers...).
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    I had the same problem. Some how I randomly fixed it and now have two monitors connected with the second monitor right of the first one (not cloned). I have the GeForce 9800GT and a fresh installation of openSUSE 11.3 (only needed updates). I haven't even installed the nVidia driver (and don't think I will now) and am using the default one by nouveau.

    I seemed to fix this by going into 'Start button --> System Settings --> Display'.

    When I first went into here the 'Multiple Monitors' bit told me that I did not seem to have it configured for multiple monitors and all buttons were greyed out. I then changed to the 'Size & Orientation' bit and mode both DVI 1 and 2 "Absolute" and accepted changes (nothing seems to happen). I then changed DVI-2 to "Right of - DVI-1" and accepted changes...... it worked!! This is werid because I tried the "Right of" thing first but nothing happened. It seems like you need to first set them both to absolute in order to get it to recognise them as separate screens!?

    Anyway, this has worked for me now and I am happy (I was just about to give up trying too!). I would be interested to know if this helps anyone else?

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    Gutted! Unfortunately it doesn't remember the settings after a reboot. A bit naff really but still better than two cloned monitors!!

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    Same problem as crazzyfool: can set monitors with Start button -> Configure Desktop (Personal Settings) -> Display, but when I logout and log back in, the settings are gone, i.e. I have a copy of the first monitor. System is openSuse 11.3 with ATI Radeon 3100 graphics card and two monitors: one DVI (left) and one VGA (right)

    crazzyfool, did you solve the problem?

    anybody else?

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    Default Re: Suse 11.3 and KDE 4.4.4 multi monitor support

    Ive had the same issues with my dual monitor setup, with the settings being forgotten. Ive just been changing them manually on every boot.

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    I've a Nvidia 9800GT and exactly same problem. After take a time to configure my dual monitor, if I logout and login, my monitors are cloned, not sharing my desktop. I must say that my installation is an upgrade from OS 11.2, but we can be sure that that's not the problem.

    An user needed to install nVidia propietary drivers to make it work properly!!! (but with the nVidia control panel).

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    Default Re: Suse 11.3 and KDE 4.4.4 multi monitor support

    Here is a workaround worked for me to avoid the settings getting lost:

    1. set your dual head as you want using System Settings->Display

    2. Look in /etc/kde4/kdm/Xsetup the xrandr commands to configure your dual head should be saved here

    3. copy these commands into a shell script and store it somewhere like /usr/local/bin (run the script to make sure it works as intended).

    You could just run this script when you login each time but we can automate this by creating a link to the script in ~/.kde4/Autostart or indeed simply link to /etc/kde4/kdm/Xsetup directly!

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    Default Re: Suse 11.3 and KDE 4.4.4 multi monitor support

    I have one monitor with a resolution 1920x1200 and the second one 1680x1050 left of the first one. Every time I do a restart the settings change back to 1680x1050 for both of them and they are clone, so each time I have to go to display>size&orientation and set them back to the correct values.

    Any solution for this problem?

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    Default Re: Suse 11.3 and KDE 4.4.4 multi monitor support

    Have a read of this thread.

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