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    Fullscreen video on external display.

    I just wanted to know: On a laptop, is it possible to have a video playing fullscreen on an external display while browsing the web on the laptop screen? Will changing workspaces on the laptop screen affect the external display?

    I'm might get a lappy and would like to watch videos on an external display fullscreen while working normally on the laptop screen - including being able to change workspaces without the video being affected.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Fullscreen video on external display.

    Quote Originally Posted by Schalken View Post
    I just wanted to know: On a laptop, is it possible to have a video playing fullscreen on an external display while browsing the web on the laptop screen? Will changing workspaces on the laptop screen affect the external display?

    I'm might get a lappy and would like to watch videos on an external display fullscreen while working normally on the laptop screen - including being able to change workspaces without the video being affected.

    Thanks!
    Short answer: yes.

    Long answer:
    I'm only familiar with nvidia graphics. This can be accomplished by setting the external display as a second X screen (the configuration to use is "Separate X screen" as opposed to "Twinview").

    However, there are some disadvantageous:
    1. It's not full plug 'n play; i.e. you can't plug in the external monitor and immediate got it to display a second desktop. You will need to reboot (or at least, restart Xorg).

    2. You cannot drag windows between the screens.

    3. There is a "bug" where compiz+nvidia separate X screen+gnome desktop caused windows to have a lag of one/two seconds when opening. There is a workaround to run two instances of compiz, one for each X screen.


    Too complicated already? Feeling daunted? Don't worry, I have been running such configuration for a year now, and after the initial set-up pains, it worked great.
    Last edited by chewearn; May 18th, 2008 at 06:34 PM.

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    Re: Fullscreen video on external display.

    Hmm. Well that sounds like an interesting PITA.

    What happens with regards to fullscreen windows and workspaces when using TwinView/Xinerama?

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    Re: Fullscreen video on external display.

    In Twinview, the workspaces change together in both screens.

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    Re: Fullscreen video on external display.

    Well, it sounds like I should just get the lappy and see what I can do with it. I hope nvidia-settings provides enough on-the-run configuration (no X restarting) to do what I need.

    Thanks for your help, AstalaVista!

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