Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Linux, Unix › Nvidia Dual Monitor in Ubuntu 11.10
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Nvidia Dual Monitor in Ubuntu 11.10

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
Gents,

I've been avoiding Ubuntu ever since Unity, because I NEED simple dual monitor control.. and Unity just ruined it for me.

I have an Nvidia card, and have the Nvidia X Server.. and it's a total pain in the rear.

I can get the 2nd monitor to show the desktop background, but I can't move anything over to it. Incredibly frustrating frown.gif

In the past, I was able to log into Ubuntu Classic (in 11.04), but this is no longer possible it seems. Now I get: Ubuntu, Ubuntu 2D, Gnome, Gnome Classic and Gnome Classic (no effects).

Well, I ran sudo apt-get gnome-shell and got Gnome 3 installed. So I rebooted, tried logging in with Gnome and Gnome Classic.. and both log in and are very bare and all the toolbars are missing.

Not sure what I did wrong there.

I'd like to give Unity another shot.. but Dual Monitor support is just 100% essential to my productivity, especially for work.

Any ideas/thoughts?
Ender
(8 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 TPOWER X79 GeForce GTX 570 Corsair 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Crucial M4 128GB SSD Antec Kuhler 620 Win 7 Seasonic M12 600w 
  hide details  
Reply
Ender
(8 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 TPOWER X79 GeForce GTX 570 Corsair 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Crucial M4 128GB SSD Antec Kuhler 620 Win 7 Seasonic M12 600w 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 3
Thread Starter 
I hate to be a quitter, but I've spent several hours tonight troubleshooting issues in Ubuntu, just to get it functional.. and it's too much hassle.

Maybe I'll try 12.04 next year. I like Linux, but I spend more time fixing it than I do using it, and I don't have time to do that.
Ender
(8 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 TPOWER X79 GeForce GTX 570 Corsair 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Crucial M4 128GB SSD Antec Kuhler 620 Win 7 Seasonic M12 600w 
  hide details  
Reply
Ender
(8 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3820 TPOWER X79 GeForce GTX 570 Corsair 16GB 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
Crucial M4 128GB SSD Antec Kuhler 620 Win 7 Seasonic M12 600w 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by archangelabove;15468994 
Gents,

I've been avoiding Ubuntu ever since Unity, because I NEED simple dual monitor control.. and Unity just ruined it for me.

I have an Nvidia card, and have the Nvidia X Server.. and it's a total pain in the rear.

I can get the 2nd monitor to show the desktop background, but I can't move anything over to it. Incredibly frustrating frown.gif

In the past, I was able to log into Ubuntu Classic (in 11.04), but this is no longer possible it seems. Now I get: Ubuntu, Ubuntu 2D, Gnome, Gnome Classic and Gnome Classic (no effects).

Well, I ran sudo apt-get gnome-shell and got Gnome 3 installed. So I rebooted, tried logging in with Gnome and Gnome Classic.. and both log in and are very bare and all the toolbars are missing.

Not sure what I did wrong there.

I'd like to give Unity another shot.. but Dual Monitor support is just 100% essential to my productivity, especially for work.

Any ideas/thoughts?

gnome-shell is just a single taskbar that runs across the top, with a button called "activities" on it, when clicked, it opens up a "dash" menu, that you can access the programs from there, or search for them. there is also a dock you can add your most programs to.

there are several guides available out there, that walk you thru adding ppa's for gnome-extensions that greatly improve the layout of gnome-shell and its usefulness. you could also install a dock, like docky, that makes accessing programs a lot easier.

you can also install kde or xfce, both are very mature DE's, and are actually less daunting than gnome-shell and less annoying than unity. you can install the basice kde by:

sudo apt-get install kde-standard

or you can install the kubuntu one:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

both of these are just meta-packages, that will pull all the needed packages. no need to reinstall for these. to get xfce, not sure if there is a "basic" install, but xubuntu is a very nice setup.

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

^any of these commands will ask you to choose your login manager, i would suggest using kdm or gdm instead of the default ldm.

for dual monitor with a nvidia card, if you have installed the proprietary drivers, open up a terminal and type in:

sudo nvidia-settings

click on, X Server Display Configuration, click on your "disabled" monitor, and in configuration, choose "TwinView", set your resolution and/or position if need be, as well, click on the monitor that you want to be your "primary" display, and click the check mark.

hit apply (at this point your monitor might go black, but both should turn on with the ability to move windows in between the two.)but you will need to save these changes. click save to X configuration file. if the file path of:

/etc/X11/xorg.conf

not already in the dialogue box, enter that, check "merge with existing file" and click save.

you can now close out nvidia-settings, it will ask you if you really want to quit, tell it yes or okay, and viola, dual monitors with twinview is enabled. hope this helps you out.
Edited by Transhour - 10/26/11 at 11:42pm
Bazinga Punk
(12 items)
 
ooh shiny!
(6 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon 3440 AsRock P55 extreme Evga 8800 GT 512 MB Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue Antec Khuler 620 Ubuntu 11.10 Asus vw264H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
GIGABYTE KM7600 CORSAIR TX 650 Cooler Master 590 GIGABYTE GM-M6800 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I5 6500 Gigabyte z170xp-SLI Nvidia 970gtx Corsair 16gb ddr4 2666mhz  
Hard DriveOS
250gb Samsung Evo 850 Windows 10 & Ubuntu 15.10 
  hide details  
Reply
Bazinga Punk
(12 items)
 
ooh shiny!
(6 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon 3440 AsRock P55 extreme Evga 8800 GT 512 MB Gskill Ripjaws 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Blue Antec Khuler 620 Ubuntu 11.10 Asus vw264H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
GIGABYTE KM7600 CORSAIR TX 650 Cooler Master 590 GIGABYTE GM-M6800 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core I5 6500 Gigabyte z170xp-SLI Nvidia 970gtx Corsair 16gb ddr4 2666mhz  
Hard DriveOS
250gb Samsung Evo 850 Windows 10 & Ubuntu 15.10 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Linux, Unix
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Linux, Unix › Nvidia Dual Monitor in Ubuntu 11.10