External Monitor with Latitude D820

Art Fore art.fore at gmail.com
Fri Dec 1 17:30:23 CST 2006

On Fri, 2006-12-01 at 09:24 -0600, Victor_Lowther at Dell.com wrote:
> > Using the Fn +F8 key works find in Windows for switching to 
> > an external monitor, but with Suse 10.2, it does nothing. 
> > Graphics card is Nvidia Geforce go 7300 using Nvidia drivers. 
> > How can I get this to work.
> I do not think that using Fn + F8 to switch displays like that will work
> in Linux at all, mainly due to X not handling the dynamic addition /
> removal of display devices. 
> The following site describes the xorg.conf changes needed to make
> dualhead work using TwinView on a D620 -- it should work with minor
> changes on a D820 (mainly by using different modes for the builtin
> monitor).
> http://javier.rodriguez.org.mx/index.php/2006/09/08/xorgconf-configurati
> on-for-nvidia-twinview-on-the-dell-620/
> However, you will still have to restart X whenever you disconnect or
> reconect your external monitor.  I do not know of a workaround for that,
> sorry.
I found the Nvidia display setup on the Suse menu help get it into
twinview, but then have to go back to run level three and run sax2 to
get out of it. Will try the website you mentioned. Thanks for the info.
At least I now know that it does work, just have to get the swithing


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