View Full Version : [ubuntu] Dual Monitors

June 11th, 2009, 04:37 AM
first off, i would like to start off by apologizing for my noobness.

I've been searching and searching for a way to get dual monitors on my computer. I got a card that has 2 VGA ports and i currently have them hooked up to 2 different monitors. Right now both monitors see it and now they are clones, but i want to be able to have different applications on both monitors and be able to drag to one and the other etc..

from what i have read i have to change my xorg.conf file, However in all the examples i've seen the setup looks way different than mine.

can someone show me and give me instructions on how to get it to work right?

if it helps this is what my xorg.conf file looks like. I am also running Ubuntu 9.04 with latest updates.

# xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
# This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
# values from the debconf database.
# Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
# (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
# This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
# if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
# package.
# Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
# in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
# here are ignored.
# If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
# again, run the following command:
# sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

Section "Device"
Identifier "Configured Video Device"


Section "Monitor"
Identifier "Configured Monitor"


Section "Screen"
Identifier "Default Screen"
Monitor "Configured Monitor"
Device "Configured Video Device"

June 11th, 2009, 04:56 AM
On the Menu bar, Go to "System -> Preferences -> Screen Resolution"

See if the options that you need are in there.

June 11th, 2009, 05:12 AM
Nah, no settings that i could see. i downloaded EnvyNG which is supposed to find my videocards drivers but it says its neither ATI or Nvidia so i'm not sure whats up with it.

the card came out of an older machine (was running windows 2000) so that could be the problem, i just don't want to give up just yet.

June 11th, 2009, 05:52 AM
Goto System/Administration/Hardware Drivers

Does anything display in there?

June 11th, 2009, 06:18 AM
also, to get better help, dont double post... i just replied to this exact same post in general help, not realizing it had already been replied to here