Need help with dual screen setup
Date: 19 May 2005 15:48:27 -0700
Let me start by apologizing for this long-winded explaination but I
wanted to lay out all the events to help diagnose my problem....
Ok folks here is my dilema....
I am dual booting SuSe 9.2/Windows XP Media Center (only have windows
for the media center) on a Dell GX280. I wanted a dual screen setup so
I also bought a GeForce4 MX 4000 PCI graphics card for the second
monitor and TV hookups. Worked in both Windows and Linux (with some
setup effort) fine. The problem arose when I realized that Media
Center will only run on Windows' primary display (the onboard device)
and since I wanted to view movies I needed media center to run on the
GeForce. Windows however would not let me swap the primary display to
the GeForce. After some research I found that for windows to allow me
to swap the primary display adapter to the GeForce I needed to set a
BIOS option from "Use onboard video as primary display" to "Auto" (I am
not sure what 'Auto' means in this context but it sounded fool-proof).
Magically windows let me switch displays to the other card and I was
happy.....that is until I needed to do some real work and booted up
good ol' Linux. It for whatever reason does not display on screen
controlled by the onboard device. In the Yast panel it does not even
show ANY cards but only "3D acceleration: disabled" and when I press
the 'Change..' button to manually configure the graphics stuff nothing
So then I did an "init 3" to configure X through SaX but when I run sax
without any parameters it says it is using the configuration for card 0
(the onboard) and then craps out telling me to use the -m
carnumber:driver_module option which I had to use to get the GeForce
working in the first place. I figured that would do it but when I then
use the command:
sax2 -m 1=nvidia
it craps saying that "ups: lost card during probing"....
to make things more frustrating I went back into the bois and change
the video setting BACK to onboard primary and using the same command
succeeds and I can configure both displays.
One more weird thing is when I do sax -p to detect the cards it says
that my PCI GeForce is AGP when it is not!!
this has been VERY frustrating to me since I can get both operating
systems to work how I would like independently but not both at the same
time. If anyone has any insight into this problem your help is GREATLY
Thanks in Advance,