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    Default 11.3 Nouveau

    Anyone have multi-monitor other than 'clone'
    working with the Nouveau driver?


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    Default Re: 11.3 Nouveau

    Quote Originally Posted by GofBorg View Post
    Anyone have multi-monitor other than 'clone'
    working with the Nouveau driver?
    Nope. Had to use nvidia driver.

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    Default Re: 11.3 Nouveau

    Not only did multi-monitor not work for me with the nouveau driver, but my desktop was completely upside down until I installed the nvidia drivers.

    Cheers!

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    Default Re: 11.3 Nouveau

    Quote Originally Posted by GofBorg View Post
    Anyone have multi-monitor other than 'clone'
    working with the Nouveau driver?
    I'm curious to see if anyone HAS succeeded here.

    Also, what is involved in 'cloning' the desktop (onto another monitor) with the nouveau driver? How about the "nv" driver ?

    I'm a big nVidia fan, and when I purchase a desktop PC, I prefer to install a nVidia graphic card in that PC. Having typed that, for a laptop, I prefer (what for many nVidia users is) the dreaded ATI graphic card. There are two main reasons why I prefer ATI for graphic cards in laptops (only): (1) nVidia have a poor reputation for graphic card quality in laptops, and (2) nVida capability to drive multi-monitors in a laptop is limited compared to ATI.

    I wrote some openSUSE guides on multiple monitor use with ATI and Intel which are here: Laptop external (cloned) projector support in KDE

    I also note there is an ond openSUSE-10.3 article for the proprietary nVidia drivers: [HOWTO]Dual screen setup OpenSUSE 10.3+ nvidia graphics card . However it references sax2 in some comments, where sax2 is depreciated and removed.

    If someone could prepare a similar guide for nVidia with SUPPORTING images/screenshots showing the menus, I could add to that guide.

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    Default Re: 11.3 Nouveau

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    I'm curious to see if anyone HAS succeeded here.
    Also, what is involved in 'cloning' the desktop (onto another monitor) with the nouveau driver? How about the "nv" driver ?
    It's worse. And since nv doesn't support fullscreen video anymore (except on older chipsets) , it's becoming quite unusable for desktops.

    There are two main reasons why I prefer ATI for graphic cards in laptops (only): (1) nVidia have a poor reputation for graphic card quality in laptops, and (2) nVida capability to drive multi-monitors in a laptop is limited compared to ATI.
    Did you have a brunch with Steve Jobs lately ? :-D

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    Default Re: 11.3 Nouveau

    >> Anyone have multi-monitor other than 'clone'
    >> working with the Nouveau driver?

    >
    > Nope. Had to use nvidia driver.


    I tried to install the nVidia driver but it complains that nouveau
    is loaded and proposed some grandiose method for getting rid of it.
    As I don't feel skilled in 'rebuilding mkinitrd' I suppose I'll have to go
    back to 11.2 unless there area some explicit instructions somewhere for
    removing nouveau. IMHO, this was an idiotic move...okay I can see loading
    an opensource driver by default, but making it unremovable without console
    jockeying is absurd. Two thumbs down!





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    Default Re: 11.3 Nouveau

    It should be enough to reboot in console mode. As soon as you start X, nouveau is loaded and you cannot unload it while it is used.
    You could blacklist 'nouveau' by adding it in /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf. But it is not necessary if you reboot in console mode.
    Otherwise ... I would assume that Xorg would pick the 'vesa' driver. Then you can install nVidia.

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    > It should be enough to reboot in console mode. As soon as you start X,
    > nouveau is loaded and you cannot unload it while it is used.
    > You could blacklist 'nouveau' by adding it in
    > /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf. But it is not necessary if you reboot
    > in console mode. Otherwise ... I would assume that Xorg would pick the

    'vesa' driver. Then you can install nVidia.

    Initially, I went into init 3, since nvidia won't let you even try to run
    their installer with X loaded.

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