multiple monitors with Fedora Core 17 and nvidia drivers...on a thinkpad
kcibmer 1000007V7A Visits (3576)
With the latest nvidia drivers, they've changed how the driver itself works, but haven't yet updated the nvidia-settings tool to accommodate that change. This affects me, because I often need to share my Thinkpad W520 screen with an older projector which only supports 1024x768 resolution.
The trouble is that the nvidia-settings tool doesn't let me set the Thinkpad monitor to 1024x768, so I cannot clone my screen on both monitors. There is a tricky way to do this from the command line, however, and here it is:
DFP = my Thinkpad monitor
1920x1080 +0+0 = use this mode and offset for this monitor. 1920x1080 is the only mode supported by the device; mode is different than resolution.
CRT = my projector
1024x768 +0+0 = use this mode and offset
There's talk of eventually upgrading the nvidia-settings tool to allow these ViewPort modes; until it happens, though, this works for me. I found a helpful discussion here.