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    No digital output on FX5200 graphics card


    Hello everyone !

    To introduce myself in short I've left the Gates realm
    about three months ago and gladly switched over to
    Linux - Suse 9.2 - .
    My impression is ... "welcome to the future " ...
    But it took me some time to starting to get the hang
    of things ... but it's well worth the effort
    Up until this very moment I managed to resolve every
    problem I encountered but there's one that just won't go
    away

    The problem is that on my GeForce FX5200 graphics card
    the digital output doesn't work when the system is fully
    loaded.
    When I start up my pc everything goes as expected (?)
    I have two CRT monitors connected - one AOC and one
    Philips -. One is connected to the analog output and
    the other is connected to the digital output by means
    of an analog/digital convertor.
    Now whenever I boot my system both screens "light up"
    both showing exactly the same contents namely the
    booting procedure, so there's no mailfunction in either
    the digital output or the used connector itself !
    And then it happens, when the system shows me the "login
    screen" it does so on only 1 screen namely the AOC and all
    the other one does is "go black". Theres nothing to see
    anymore on the second monitor it even seems to
    be turned off automatically .
    And that's that ! Could anyone give me an idea on how to
    start solving this problem so I can finally start working on
    two screens at the same time during a session !

    THANKS FOR ANY HELP !!

    The system is constructed as follows :
    DFI PS85-BC/BL Motherboard so it has onboard graphics.
    Pentium IV 2,6 GHz processor.
    1,2 GB DDR Memory.
    Suse 9.2.

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    Are the drivers for the card installed & working ?
    You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.

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    What config file(s) do I need to edit ?

    Everything works perfect - on the "main screen" that is - !!
    It's just that the second screen works also as a clone seemingly up to the point where I have to log in as a user,
    this only appears on the "main" screen and the second screen then just shuts down and working continues on my "main" screen.

    I believe it had something to do with the configuration files
    for the X server ????
    Suse detects and configures multiple graphics cards but not
    multiple monitors on one card - seemingly - thats something
    I have to put in one or the other configuration file if only I
    knew which one and what to put in it !

    But anyway thanks for the suggestion
    I can use all the help I can get !

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    Go into CLI you should see the second monitor come back to life. I also tried this I have the same graphics cards and well I never got it working ^_^ Good luck to you and hope you get it working it seems that you get a clone image when in CLI but when you start X it can not produce an image on both of them. So ya your asumptio about the settings on X is proably correct ill look into it I think I had some sites about it around here

    Here is something
    "Nvidia

    * http://www.mkaz.com/reference/gentoo_dual.html
    * http://lists.suse.com/archive/suse-l...WINVIEW_README
    * http://p4a.dk/conf/xorg.conf

    I recently configured my Nvidia GeForce 4 MX 440 card for dual monitors. One screen would display totally fine, but I just couldn't get the second monitor to display anything. Then I realized that I wasn't specifying the device correctly (I have an AGP card), so for all of you that have AGP cards, make sure to specify something like this:

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Card0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VideoRam 65536
    VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
    BoardName "NV17 [GeForce4 MX 440]"
    BusID "AGP:01:00:0"
    EndSection

    * Also, there's lots of websites and posts out there that advocate specifying two drivers for a dual-head video card -- this is NOT needed (at least for this card). Hope this helps.

    --stockholm 23:37, 19 Apr 2005 (GMT)
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    TwinView

    *

    NVIDIA TwinView

    TwinView is a configuration for two monitors connected to one card, that will appear as one screen to the X server. There are fewer disadvantages to TwinView in Linux compared to Windows since the Nvidia driver provides its own Xinerama extension, allowing Xinerama-aware window managers and applications to be aware of monitor borders. Most 3D apps are not prepared for a double-width resolution (including, for example, UT2004) and will annoyingly appear in the middle of the virtual screen, across the split, unless you specify a MetaMode at the correct resolution for only one monitor (see Device section given below).

    You must disable Xorg's Xinerama extension (the nvidia driver provides one):
    File: /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "Xinerama" "false"
    EndSection

    Configure the server for one Monitor and Screen:
    File: /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XF86Config

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    ...

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    ...

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Card0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    ...

    And configure one Device with TwinView. Note the MetaModes option, which is a semicolon-delimited list of the modes of one or both monitors. For full screen games, you will probalbly want at least one single-monitor MetaMode (eg: 1280x1024 that the game can use. Replace "UseEdidFreqs" with appropriate horizontal and verticle refresh rates if your monitors don't report these values correctly. Of course, replace BusID with the appropriate value for your card (hint: lspci). PCI and PCI-Express cards will start with PCI:, while AGP cards will start with AGP:
    File: /etc/X11/xorg.conf

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Card0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "nVidia Corporation"
    BoardName "geForce 6600 GT"
    BusID "PCI:5:0:0"
    Screen 0
    Option "TwinView"
    Option "MetaModes" "1280x1024,1280x1024; 1280x1024; 1024x768,1024x768; 1024x768; 800x600,800x600; 800x600"
    Option "TwinViewOrientation" "RightOf"
    Option "SecondMonitorHorizSync" "UseEdidFreqs"
    Option "SecondMonitorVertRefresh" "UseEdidFreqs"
    #other options I recommend:
    Option "RenderAccel"
    Option "HWcursor"
    Option "CursorShadow"
    Option "CursorShadowAlpha" "32"
    Option "CursorShadowXOffset" "3"
    Option "CursorShadowYOffset" "3"
    #if you want Composite and GLX (they don't cooperate):
    Option "AllowGLXWithComposite"
    EndSection

    A possible downside with the above config is that it generally requires both monitors are turned on when issueing the command "startx" or when gdm loads. If x doesn't find both monitors, it falls back to the non-twin view setup and you'll have to restart x with the second monitor turned on.

    A way around this is to add to section device to override detection of attached displays. Substitute DVI if that's the type of monitor you have. You can also change the order here.
    File: /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XF86Config

    Section "Device"
    ...
    Option "ConnectedMonitor" "CRT0,CRT1"
    ...
    End Section

    [edit]
    Non-TwinView

    From the NVidia driver README (Appendix P):

    Graphics chips that support TwinView (Appendix G) can also be configured to
    treat each connected display device as a separate X screen.

    While there are several disadvantages to this approach as compared to TwinView
    (eg: windows cannot be dragged between X screens, hardware accelerated OpenGL
    cannot span the two X screens), it does offer several advantages over
    TwinView:

    If each display device is a separate X screen, then properties that
    may vary between X screens may vary between displays (eg: depth, root
    window size, etc).

    Hardware that can only be used on one display at a time (eg: video
    overlays, hardware accelerated RGB overlays), and which consequently
    cannot be used at all when in TwinView, can be exposed on the first X
    screen when each display is a separate X screen.

    The 1-to-1 association of display devices to X screens is more
    historically in line with X.

    Model your Device section after this one:
    File: /etc/X11/xorg.conf or /etc/X11/XF86Config


    ...

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "GeForce out 1"
    Driver "nvidia"
    Option "RenderAccel" "true"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen 0
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "GeForce out 2"
    Driver "nvidia"
    Option "RenderAccel" "true"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen 1
    EndSection

    Use the standard dual-head ServerLayout, Screen, and Monitor sections. Note that TwinView has not been used. "

    From - http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Dual_Monitors#Nvidia

    Hope that helps and ya get it working let me know if you do ^_^ might have to set it up myself, atleast try again

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    Very biG THANK YOU !!
    I'll go and check it out ! , hope it saves the day...

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