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Split monitor
« on: September 12, 2009, 01:31:23 am »
Hi folks ,

I've Just successfully dual boot linuxmce & windows xp with out any problems on the same laptop harddrive.

But i just have one small problem , how do i get linux mce to switch over to my external monitor  eg my lcd tv .

When i connect the lcd tv vga cable to the laptop i get the both screens with the Kubuntu loading ,but when the linuxmce starts it only shows on my laptop screen and the tv is bank.

i have tried holding fn & then pressing f5 as this changes from screen to screen but it doesnt seem to work.

do i need to install the drivers for linux .please advise on how i can get it to work

as my whole idea was to be able to move from tv to tv.

Thanks & Regards

LinuxMCE can not do dual screens. In order for you to get the TV to have the LinuxMCE screen, you need to have the laptop bootup, to LinuxMCE either PXE or DISK, and then press and hold the "Shift" key. This will launch the AV Setup Wizard, and then you can select VGA (press "1" on your laptop keybaord") , and use its output instead of the DVI that it is set to use on the laptop screen.

That should fix you right up. For a better reference, check here

Best of Luck.



I ran across this old post and tried Seth's suggestion, but my problem seems to be a little different. My orbiter will actually output to my laptop screen as well as the external monitor. The problem I have is when i try to play a video, only the laptop screen will display the video image. The external monitor displays a really, really dark blue image. I thought about disconnecting the laptop screen and only using the external monitor, but i didn't want to go through all that trouble yet. Especially since i don't know for sure if it will work. Any suggestions??


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Re: Split monitor
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2009, 10:49:32 am »
Had the same issue with an ATI RADEON Mobile 9000

for me following worked  (radeon driver)

 xvattr -a XV_CRTC -v 1

try it on command line (if not installed apt-get it)
if you get an error related display not found try following

DISPLAY=:0.0  xvattr -a XV_CRTC -v -1

DISPLAY=:0.0  xvattr -a XV_CRTC -v 1

the last value (1 or -1) is the output

Good luck!