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I'm using 2 Westinghouse monitors, main is a 17" screen, the other is a 19" widescreen. My video card is RV280 [Radeon 9200 PRO]. Currently I just see the same image on both monitors, and I want it to be an extended desktop. Please help, I know next to nothing about linux.

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The video driver is what does such things as extended desktops. Install the ATI proprietary driver and you should have additional programs to control what it does. (That is the way Nvidia does it, anyway.)

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Please post your /etc/X11/xorg.conf here.

(and yes- you do need the fglrx proprietary driver to go dualhead with your ATi card).

Edited by scarecrow

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-bash: /etc/X11/xorg.conf: Permission denied

 

That's what came up when I entered the code as a normal user, and as root.

I tried installing the drivers, but it wouldn't install because of unsatisfied lebexpat.so.1, and when I tried to find a download for it, I was unsuccessful, so if you have a link to that, that would be great ^_^

Edited by tri2kon9

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with regards to

-bash: /etc/X11/xorg.conf: Permission denied

if your using KDE then use kwrite (or kate) & navigate to the /etc/X11/ folder then open the file. In Gnome the same thing but use 'gedit'

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urpmi expat

as root (expat package is at the main repo).

If your installation can't find it, it means you haven't configured the software repos yet.

You can open xorg.conf with pretty much any texteditor, say

kwrite /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Or replace kwrite with kate, gedit, mousepad, vi, nano, emacs, jedit... whatever editor you like.

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This is starting to give me a headache....It says to put the Mandriva dvd into my drive, and after I do that and hit enter, it pops open the drive and says to put the dvd in.

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You really should configure your software sources via Easy Urpmi at the top of our forum. It means you can handle software installation without any cd/dvd needed. You are missing out on one of the easiest aspects of Linux.

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# File generated by XFdrake (rev 142098)

# **********************************************************************
# Refer to the xorg.conf man page for details about the format of
# this file.
# **********************************************************************

Section "Files"
   # font server independent of the X server to render fonts.
   FontPath "unix/:-1"

   # minimal fonts to allow X to run without xfs
   FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/misc:unscaled"
EndSection

Section "Extensions"
   Option "Composite"
EndSection

Section "ServerFlags"
   #DontZap # disable <Crtl><Alt><BS> (server abort)
   AllowMouseOpenFail # allows the server to start up even if the mouse does not work
   #DontZoom # disable <Crtl><Alt><KP_+>/<KP_-> (resolution switching)
EndSection

Section "Module"
   Load "dbe" # Double-Buffering Extension
   Load "v4l" # Video for Linux
   Load "extmod"
   Load "type1"
   Load "freetype"
   Load "glx" # 3D layer
   Load "dri" # direct rendering
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier "Keyboard1"
   Driver "kbd"
   Option "XkbModel" "pc105"
   Option "XkbLayout" "us"
   Option "XkbOptions" "compose:rwin"
EndSection

Section "InputDevice"
   Identifier "Mouse1"
   Driver "mouse"
   Option "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
   Option "Device" "/dev/mouse"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
   Identifier "monitor1"
   VendorName "Plug'n Play"
   ModelName "WDE LCM-17v2"
   HorizSync 30-82
   VertRefresh 50-75

   # Monitor preferred modeline (60.0 Hz vsync, 64.0 kHz hsync, ratio 5/4)
   ModeLine "1280x1024" 108 1280 1328 1440 1688 1024 1025 1028 1066 +hsync +vsync

   # TV fullscreen mode or DVD fullscreen output.
   # 768x576 @ 79 Hz, 50 kHz hsync
   ModeLine "768x576"     50.00  768  832  846 1000   576  590  595  630

   # 768x576 @ 100 Hz, 61.6 kHz hsync
   ModeLine "768x576"     63.07  768  800  960 1024   576  578  590  616
EndSection

Section "Device"
   Identifier "device1"
   VendorName "ATI Technologies Inc"
   BoardName "ATI Radeon 9250 and earlier"
   Driver "ati"
   Option "DPMS"
   Option "XaaNoOffscreenPixmaps" "1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
   Identifier "screen1"
   Device "device1"
   Monitor "monitor1"
   DefaultColorDepth 16

   Subsection "Display"
       Depth 8
       Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
   EndSubsection

   Subsection "Display"
       Depth 15
       Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
   EndSubsection

   Subsection "Display"
       Depth 16
       Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
   EndSubsection

   Subsection "Display"
       Depth 24
       Modes "1280x1024" "1152x864" "1024x768" "832x624" "800x600" "640x480" "480x360" "320x240"
   EndSubsection
EndSection

Section "ServerLayout"
   Identifier "layout1"
   InputDevice "Keyboard1" "CoreKeyboard"
   InputDevice "Mouse1" "CorePointer"
   Screen "screen1"
EndSection

 

That's what the xorg.conf said.

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New video card, different issues. I switched my video card out for the ATI All-In-Wonder 9600 Series, replacing my PCI tuner that wouldn't work either. Now I can't get its drivers to install.

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I know, but my dad made me. He thought it would work, but it actually made everything worse. My computer is incredibly laggy now, which I didn't have before I swapped the video cards. Do you know how to fix that, besides getting the original card back?

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Please tell us the software that won't install and exactly what you are doing to install it.

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