I’ve added a 2nd monitor (vga) to my netbook. Monitor Preferences recognizes the size of the monitor correctly, but nothing else. The monitor defaults at 1024x768 though it is a widescreen capable of 1440x900. If I select any larger resolution or different aspect ratio, the netbook screen and the monitor are dimmed (except the desktop background image) until I restore the previous configuration.
My hardware and setup are:
OpenSUSE 11.4 x32 Gnome 2
HP Mini 1101 netbook w/ Intel Mobile GMA 950 video chipset
HannsG HB175A LCD monitor using VGA connection
The OS is fully up to date for 11.4. Does anyone know why I cannot get full resolution on the 2nd monitor? Or where I would look to solve this issue? Thanks.
It looks like the driver I want to use is the IEGD driver, I belive. Looking through YaST I see the only Intel driver available is xorg-x11-driver-video-intel-legacy 2.9.1-8-1. Going to Intel’s site I am only able to find a download for Fedora * 10 (kernel 2.6.27, X.org 1.5, X.server 1.5.3). I am assuming that this is a generalized or standardized format for Fedora (rpm) like systems?
I have kernel 220.127.116.11-0.11-default. Will this slight difference in minor release numbers cause issues or should I be OK installing this?
Ok, sorry for the dumb questions, but this is my first time trying to figure this out.
OK, I’ve downloaded KDE 4 and was able to get the 2nd (external) monitor to work properly with 1440x900 resolution.
Heh, though the Plasma desktop is very different than anything I had used, I struggled with getting around. Tho that’s not a knock against KDE.
I booted back into Gnome and took a screenshot of what happens when I set the resolution to 1400x900 on the 2nd monitor. The resolution displays properly, but any window placed over the desktop is greyed as Nautilus is in the image. Strangely though, my Gnome Terminal session appears normal on both monitors. (there was nothing displayed on the 2nd montitor in the image, so I cropped it off.)
The 2nd monitor changes to the correct resolution, but both are then greyed out as in the image above.
Seeing as how the display works properly with KDE 4, I am guessing that this may be a bug with Gnome 2? I am unfamiliar with how to track down and submit the info, but am going to read up on it and see if I can figure anything else out.
It could be. But it may not be. We need a Gnome user who uses multiple displays with xrandr to chime in here. Knowing this works with KDE thou, is important, as it suggests that the driver is ok.
1024x576 on your Netbook is quite small. Out of curiosity, what happens if you try other resolutions (such as 1024x768) on the 2nd monitor ? [although I concede it makes sense the same resolution that worked in KDE should work in Gnome]