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hey everyone, i has a 205bw 20" and a va702b 17" that i just hooked up in dual monitor mode.

Now, the 20" is right infront of me (i use it for gaming) and the 17" is offset to the left at about a 45* angle (don't have the degree thingy and too lazy to open openoffice to get the symbol)

Now ubuntu automatically made the 17" the primary monitor, so my dock, taskbar etc. is on there, is there any way to configure it so the 20" is primary and the 17" is a secondary. Because i prefer having everything in front of me and sliding windows that i don't need for the time being to the left.
(i can do it by reversing the monitors, but then the 20" is offset, i can't game and it would be awkward doing homework)

thanks for any suggestions
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I believe you have to edit the xorg.conf...

Or there's this thing that you can install for nVidia cards. Forget what it's called, all though it should already be installed when you install your card's drivers.
Search around the menus for an nVidia program, and you should be able to edit your xorg.conf from there to set the 20" as your primary.

Sorry that the instructions suck so much but I'm not on my Ubuntu partition at the moment, trying to rack up some extra folding points for what I've been missing out on for the past couple weeks.
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or you could go to system prefrences display and do it from there
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or you could go to system prefrences display and do it from there
that's what i tried, i needed that for dual monitors.

It automatically sets the monitor to the left as primary
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Get behind your case and reverse the monitor connections to your video card.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by error10 View Post
Get behind your case and reverse the monitor connections to your video card.
Hey! That is what i was gonna say! Also, i found that if i went to administration- nvidia x server settings and changed stuff, i would reboot and it would go back to the way it was... so i found out if you open it from the command line with sudo nvidia-settings
then you can save it and it sticks.... i know that wasn't your question, but just an FYI for anyone who ran into that like i did.
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Cheers guys!

What's up with ATI cards? I have a VGA-connected monitor on my desk, and a television hooked up via HDMI. Per default, when chosing multi-desktop in Catalyst Control Center, the HDMI connection gets primary monitor, and I get 'Buntu login and everything there. This is _not_ my desired preference. How can I change it? I've tried tons of stuff, and everything fails. I'm using proprietary FXGLR(?) drivers from ATI. I believe it's some thing with 'aticonfig' and the classical 'xorg.conf' not adding up; hence you have to 'reload' the xorg.conf with a aticonfig --input switch everytime you've made changes. Bad thing is, I don't even know what changes needs to be made.

Please, help me out!
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