Yay, Dual Screen is back!!

It turned out to be pretty easy. I used the nVidia tool to generate my xorg.conf and then just had to do a couple of tweaks. First off, since it was running as a non-privileged user, it wasn’t able to save to /etc/X11/xorg.conf. So I had to save it to my desktop. Then I had to edit it because the nVidia tool didn’t want my second monitor to be an awesome resolution, so I had to edit that manually. Then I just copied it to the right spot. Now it’s perfect. Here’s my xorg.conf:

# nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
# nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildmeister@builder3) Fri Apr 13 13:36:32 PDT 2007

Section “ServerLayout”
Identifier “Layout0”
Screen 0 “Screen0” 0 0
InputDevice “Keyboard0” “CoreKeyboard”
InputDevice “Mouse0” “CorePointer”
EndSection

Section “Files”
RgbPath “/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb”
FontPath “unix/:7100”
EndSection

Section “Module”
Load “dbe”
Load “extmod”
Load “type1”
Load “freetype”
Load “glx”
EndSection

Section “ServerFlags”
Option “Xinerama” “0”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
# generated from default
Identifier “Mouse0”
Driver “mouse”
Option “Protocol” “auto”
Option “Device” “/dev/input/mice”
Option “Emulate3Buttons” “no”
Option “ZAxisMapping” “4 5”
EndSection

Section “InputDevice”
# generated from data in “/etc/sysconfig/keyboard”
Identifier “Keyboard0”
Driver “kbd”
Option “XkbLayout” “us”
Option “XkbModel” “pc105”
EndSection

Section “Monitor”
# HorizSync source: edid, VertRefresh source: edid
Identifier “Monitor0”
VendorName “Unknown”
ModelName “DELL E770s”
HorizSync 30.0 – 70.0
VertRefresh 50.0 – 160.0
Option “DPMS”
EndSection

Section “Device”
Identifier “Videocard0”
Driver “nvidia”
VendorName “NVIDIA Corporation”
BoardName “GeForce FX 5500”
EndSection

Section “Screen”
Identifier “Screen0”
Device “Videocard0”
Monitor “Monitor0”
DefaultDepth 24
Option “TwinView” “1”
Option “metamodes” “CRT-0: 1280×1024 +0+0, CRT-1: 1280×1024 +1280+0; CRT-0: 1280×960 +0+0, CRT-1: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0; CRT-0: 1280×800 +0+0, CRT-1: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0; CRT-0: 1152×864 +0+0, CRT-1: nvidia-auto-select +1152+0; CRT-0: 1152×768 +0+0, CRT-1: nvidia-auto-select +1152+0; CRT-0: 1024×768 +0+0, CRT-1: nvidia-auto-select +1024+0; CRT-0: 800×600 +0+0, CRT-1: nvidia-auto-select +800+0; CRT-0: 640×480 +0+0, CRT-1: nvidia-auto-select +640+0”
SubSection “Display”
Depth 24
Modes “1600×1200” “1280×1024” “1024×768” “800×600” “640×480”
EndSubSection
EndSection

Oh yeah, and the fonts for the internet are MUCH easier to read (at least on my blog) – perhaps this is due to the Liberation fonts?

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