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Hey guys, face you'll get familiar with soon

So, next issue, I went through Error10's software guide which was PHENOMENAL and I got tons of things installed. I installed the ATI 11.5 drivers according to his guide, updated per his instructions... now instead of having my desktop icons on my primary (left, monitor #2) and my top and bottom bar on my secondary (right, monitor #1) I now have a mirror image on both. When I go into Catalyst Control Center, and go to Display Manager, the monitors are there, and it lets me re-order them (switch whether 1 is on the left or right, for example). However, all other options below that are greyed out. I figured, OK, no biggie.

I go to the top of my screen, System > Preferences > Monitors. I uncheck "Same image in all monitors", click Apply, and it tells me its an invalid resolution (requested (3840x1080) and maximum (1920x1920)).

Any ideas?

Side Note: Loving Linux more and more. I felt all BA using my terminal. Granted I only used 3-4 commands total, but the repetition had me moving rather quickly and I felt all power userish. Thanks for all the help so far Linux Lobbyists
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post #2 of 14
I only have one monitor, so you're a bit outside my expertise.
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post #3 of 14
I have dual monitors, Sig needs updated. You need to uncheck ssci or something in CCC under desktop management or something. I can't quite remember the name of it.
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http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...h-hell-862784/

Does this proposed solution make sense to anyone here? If so, how would I go about carrying this out? His description is a bit over my head as to what to do. I'm sure I can figure out how to remove a file (though I don't know how to find out the file's location) and I guess I just use that command to create the new file? I dunno. lol

I'll be checking back shortly, and will be able to try any suggestions in about 7 hours when I get home from work
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post #5 of 14
The file you're looking for is located at /etc/X11/xorg.conf

To delete it try
Code:
rm /etc/X11/xorg.conf
Then as the guide you linked to said, enter
Code:
aticonfig --initil
which will make a new xorg.conf file for you.

I have no experience at all with dual monitors or using xrandr however, so I cannot help with the final task. However I can link you to a guide for it...
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post #6 of 14
Except that "initial" is misspelled. It should be:

Code:
aticonfig --initial
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Except that "initial" is misspelled. It should be:

Code:
aticonfig --initial
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I pray this works, thats the one thing thats turning me off at the moment. Worst case, I might need to go to a different distro that performs better with ATI cards (specifically most things I've read are saying Ubuntu gets along real well).

Also, I've seen a ton of SS of desktops of Mint and its got this whole diag panel on the right hand side of the monitor, showing temps and volts and etc. Is that available through Fedora 14? Should I not put all my energy in modifying Fedora 14 with 15 coming out in 5-6 days? Does it keep all your existing settings and upgrade or does it install over?

Sorry for de-railing my own thread. lol
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Originally Posted by DaClownie View Post
I pray this works, thats the one thing thats turning me off at the moment. Worst case, I might need to go to a different distro that performs better with ATI cards (specifically most things I've read are saying Ubuntu gets along real well).

Also, I've seen a ton of SS of desktops of Mint and its got this whole diag panel on the right hand side of the monitor, showing temps and volts and etc. Is that available through Fedora 14? Should I not put all my energy in modifying Fedora 14 with 15 coming out in 5-6 days? Does it keep all your existing settings and upgrade or does it install over?

Sorry for de-railing my own thread. lol
Having just pulled out my NVIDIA card and thrown in a nice HD 5850 I can tell you from less than a day's work that the AMD Catalyst driver still has a long way to go. If I were you I would go green.

As for Fedora, the upgrade is straightforward and you won't lose anything.
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My next build will be going green for the folding alone. I love my 5850, it performs great in everything I do. I want to go green, but I can't justify spending money on a video card to replace my working video card (and water block) for an operating system I don't even know if I love yet.
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