Dual monitor advice needed
jgedge at amis.com
Thu Feb 16 11:03:39 MST 2006
Nicholas Leippe wrote:
>I was under the impression that the AGP spec allowed more than one device at
>the same time--can you not use the on-board video _and_ an AGP card in the
>slot together? I know this isn't common, but I thought it was at least
From what I've seen- AGP is just another bus-- that typically only has
1 slot on it. Kind of a shame that multiple AGP slots are not more common.
As far as personal advice-- the last time I hacked together the
XF86Config [or whatever the file was called back then] was 3-4+ years
ago. Back in the SuSE7.0 days. From SuSE8.0 on, the video recognition
has been wonderful. At work we run RH on most machines [for software
compliance etc...] but use SuSE on some of the servers and in some of
the other groups-- IS, usually runs a SuSE install to come up w/ a
couple xorg.config files for the various combinations of monitors, dual
With this my advice is to download openSuSE and let it wrestle the dual
head configuration [if you're having trouble].
As far as HW-- I've got 2 older ATI cards at home [ATI Rage128] and
another DI Special-- They play well [although I've never messed w/ 3D].
Recently-- bought HP laptop-- it Had ATI Radeon XPRESS 200M-- it works--
but I'd rather have NVidia-- At work-- the 3D on NVidia works flawlessly
[can test drive it w/ Americas Army] where I've had trouble getting 3D
drivers to load up and work on the laptop. NVidia is a little more open
than ATI and probably plays a little better w/ open source for that reason.
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