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My hp mini 311 is running arch with i3 as the wm. I want to setup a dual screen so I can watch movies through the hdmi port (it has nvidia ion graphics using the nvidia proprietary driver). I have never setup dual screen in Linux and have no idea where to start. I know I could simply add the second screen to my xorg.conf but I just want something temporary thats easy.

Suggestions?
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temporary?

back up your xorg.conf first lol easy switch back!

its probably gonna be some tool with i3 that does it, youd probably be better off checking the official site/forums/irc i dont know if many people here use i3...
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temporary?

back up your xorg.conf first lol easy switch back!

its probably gonna be some tool with i3 that does it, youd probably be better off checking the official site/forums/irc i dont know if many people here use i3...
Yeah I posted over on the arch forum too. I tried a couple of xorg.conf's that I thought would work but no luck. I haven't figured it out.

I'm not really an expert on xorg configuration as until now I've always just relied on the nvidia auto config for a single monitor.
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have you tried running the nvidia-settings as root?
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Yeah I tried that first because that's how did in mint (the last time I used dual screens in Linux). The second screen is not showing up though.
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Thanks I'll try that looks promising.

I got a couple of tips from people on the Arch forum as well. I guess the xorg setup I was attempting was more for a desktop dual screen and with the laptop integrated screen it needs to be slightly different.
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I'm sure you have probably tried this, but it doesn't hurt to show what I do when I configure my laptop to connect to the TV.
Run nvidia-settings (non-root)

Click "X Server Display Configuration"

Click the "Detect Displays" button

Monitor should show up in the box (if it doesn't well make sure it's connected properly with the correct converters). Also make sure monitor is on.

Click the inactive monitor.

Click "Configure" and select "Twinview" that way you don't need to restart X

Make sure the resolution and refresh rate is right.

Now this is the exact method I do when connecting my laptop which runs Arch Linux, and it has no problems adding a TV through HDMI input. If nvidia-settings cannot recognize the monitor, I doubt X will too. My laptop runs a 9400m, which is very similar to your ION based netbook.

Trial and error, man. I guess that's all you can do if the above suggestions don't work.
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I'm sure you have probably tried this, but it doesn't hurt to show what I do when I configure my laptop to connect to the TV.
Run nvidia-settings (non-root)

Click "X Server Display Configuration"

Click the "Detect Displays" button

Monitor should show up in the box (if it doesn't well make sure it's connected properly with the correct converters). Also make sure monitor is on.

Click the inactive monitor.

Click "Configure" and select "Twinview" that way you don't need to restart X

Make sure the resolution and refresh rate is right.

Now this is the exact method I do when connecting my laptop which runs Arch Linux, and it has no problems adding a TV through HDMI input. If nvidia-settings cannot recognize the monitor, I doubt X will too. My laptop runs a 9400m, which is very similar to your ION based netbook.

Trial and error, man. I guess that's all you can do if the above suggestions don't work.

Yeah I had tried that and thats actually on the right track. Initially no second screen was showing in nvidia-setting. I completely forgot when I was trying to reduce power usage I setup some kind of power saving mode for HDMI output and thats why nothing was showing up. :facepalm:

After that the link transhour posted got i3 setup right.

Thanks for the help guys.
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