Newbie Question: Dual monitors and fullscreen

Hello everyone!

I’m kind of new to OpenSUSE (and KDE4) - I’m actually not sure if what I’m going to ask is a OpenSUSE or a KDE4 problem - and I’ve got a small, tiny problem with using two monitors.

Everything works “just fine”, I’m using a notebook for work with a second monitor attached to it, however, I’m using both monitors to have more room and I can have multiple applications on fullscreen open. :stuck_out_tongue:

Anyways, I haven’t had this “problem” with…let’s just say “another” operating-system…I’ll just say what’s wrong!

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Monitor one (the external monitor, not the laptop-monitor) does what it’s supposed to do. It’s got the “main-panel” (system-time, etc…) and works as my number 1 monitor. Fullscreen works just fine. My laptops monitor now works as my second monitor but whenever I maximize an application, there’s a huge, open border on the bottom of the screen (where the panel should be on screen numbero 1).

I couldn’t find a solution yet and it’s getting a bit annoying - wasting quite a bit of “fullscreen-space” aswell. Does anyone know a workaround for this?

I know, it’s just a simple and silly question but…:smiley:

Thanks in advance!

Please tell us which driver you are using.
I strongly recommend you install NVIDIA (if you didn´t already). Checkout: NVIDIA - openSUSE

Furthermore, I´d recommend you do what is termed the “hard” way. It really isn´t. In order for this to work you´ll need kernel source as well as the gcc compiler (get it vai YaST).
Oh, and hey: WELCOME to the forums. :wink:

Thanks for the welcome and the help. :slight_smile: So you think it’s a problem with the driver? It just seems like it would be something that can be configured…

Like…I can tell the panel that it’s not always visible or that it can be covered by windows (both fix it, but not what I want). I’d still always like to see my panel without having an “invisible” panel on my other monitor. :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks. I appreciate hitting the reputation button in the right corner… Now, to get back to your question: Did you install NVIDIA? Probably not, because if you would have, you´d have noticed that it brings a neat GUI with it, where you can set the automatic detection of screens. I´m sure NVIDIA detects your second monitor and configure it the right way anyhow.

And where does it say that he’s using an NVIDIA video card? The NVIDIA driver won’t be much good if his laptop (as so many laptops do these days) uses Intel, for example.
It sounds like a problem with different resolutions on the two screens but without more information (video hardware, monitors, xorg.conf etc) it’s impossible to know.