[ltp] Dual monitor setup: T40p+XFree-4.3.0
Thu, 06 Nov 2003 07:08:34 +0100
how is it about font antialiasing on the second head?
On Thu, 2003-11-06 at 00:35, Klaus Weidner wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 05, 2003 at 01:38:35PM -0800, pete hilton wrote:
> > The only caveat is that I have not been able to get X to behave if you
> > start it expecting two displays and only have one.
> I have a different approach, which allows you to dymamically add and
> remove the second monitor without reconfiguring or restarting anything.
> It's a bit hackish, but works well for my purposes.
> First get the software you need:
> apt-get install x2vnc vncviewer
> My XF86Config-4 is attached, important is the "ServerLayout" section that
> refers to the two screens - and of course the two screens also need to be
> Section "ServerLayout"
> Identifier "indep"
> Screen 0 "LCD"
> Screen 1 "VGA"
> InputDevice "Generic Keyboard"
> InputDevice "Configured Mouse"
> InputDevice "Generic Mouse"
> Option "Xinerama" "false"
> I do *not* use Xinerama, instead this configures two completely separate
> screens (:0.0 and :0.1). If you do a normal "startx", you'll get your
> window manager and apps running completely on the builtin LCD, and the
> second screen (external monitor connected to VGA port) shows just the
> default gray X background. You won't be able to send mouse or keyboard
> events to this second screen yet.
> Now start a VNC server in the background:
> vncserver -geometry 1024x768 :3
> put a fullscreen VNC client on the external screen:
> xvncviewer -nocursorshape -shared -fullscreen -display :0.1 :3
> and connect them:
> x2vnc -shared -east localhost:3
> Move the mouse off the right edge of the LCD ("-east") to send input to
> the apps running on the external screen. If there aren't any, launch
> them, i.e.:
> xterm -display :0.1 &
> icewm -display :0.1 &
> Advantages of this approach:
> - the desktops are completely independent. You can't move windows between
> the screens, but instead you can run different window managers with
> independent virtual desktops on each, which I prefer. Resource hogs
> (i.e. Notes under Wine) tie up only one of your X servers. You could
> even run the Xvnc under a separate user ID for security, i.e. a web
> browser that can't get at your other files.
> - if you disconnect the external monitor, get your applicatins back onto
> the main screen using "xvncviewer -shared :3", and continue using them
> - it's nice for slides or other presentations - run "xvncviewer -shared
> :3" on the internal screen, and you get a copy of the external one,
> including the mouse pointer, on your LCD. If your LCD has a higher
> resolution than the projector, you have space around the screen copy
> for notes, a shell prompt, and other things. If you temporarily need
> more space, you can cover up or minimize the copy window without
> affecting what the projector is displaying.
> - runs well with icewm and other non-Xinerama-aware window managers, and
> you never get popup windows split across both your monitors or in dead
> - run movies fullscreen with mplayer on either monitor, using hardware
> mplayer -fs FILE.mpg
> mplayer -fs -display :0.1 FILE.mpg
> or as picture-in-picture (one corner of the external display shows a
> movie, the mouse and apps stay behind it):
> mplayer -geometry +0+0 -display :0.1 FILE.mpg
> I'd welcome feedback on this, if there's enough interest I'll do a longer
> writeup and put it on my web page.