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Juliemac

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PostPosted: Wed 05 Aug 2015, 11:00    Post subject:  Multiple monitor operation?  

I have a machine that has 2 monitors, and I hope to find a fast load OS that will meet my needs.
I've used Puppy to fix broken machines before but not sure if it can handle multiple monitors and how to go about doing it....
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Jerror

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PostPosted: Thu 06 Aug 2015, 06:38    Post subject:  

Hi Juliemac! Puppy should have the xrandr utility built-in (my Quirky does). You can use it to configure your monitors; see https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Multihead#Configuration_using_xrandr for a brief tutorial. Just execute xrandr without arguments to get the names of your monitors and then arrange them with flags.
For example, on my laptop with an external monitor connected by hdmi, xrandr names two monitors: LVDS1 (native) and HDMI1 (external). I like to put my laptop on its side to read documents when running at my desk, so I rotate:
Code:
xrandr --output LVDS1 --rotate right

Then I arrange the external monitor adjacent to it:
Code:
xrandr --output HDMI1 --mode 1680x1050 --right-of LVDS1

I've explicitly requested that the external monitor display at 1680x1050 resolution, with the --mode flag, but that's generally unnecessary; xrandr usually chooses the best display mode as default.
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