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 Post subject: [Solved] Extended Dual Monitors
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 3:40 pm 
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Hi!
I'm new to Linux, but I'm doing my research and learning a ton. I am running Peppermint 4.
I'm having a problem implementing my larger monitor that connects via VGA to my Presario CQ57. I'm trying to use it as an EXTENSION, not a cloned monitor.

It's running an AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics card.

I tried installing a couple AMD drivers with the package manager, but there are so many obscure names, I didn't want to continue doing that in case I messed something up.

Is there a package that I can use for the settings? Or do I just install the correct driver and it automatically puts an option on the default display window?

Please help me!


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 Post subject: Re: Extended Dual Monitors
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:55 pm 
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Can you open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and post the output from this command:
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sudo lshw -C display

can you then go to:-

menu > Preferences > Software & Updates > Additional Drivers (tab)

And tell us what's being offered for installation there.

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 Post subject: Re: Extended Dual Monitors
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:04 pm 
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Sure!

Quote:
*-display
description: VGA compatible controller
product: Wrestler [Radeon HD 6250]
vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
version: 00
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm pciexpress msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
configuration: driver=radeon latency=0
resources: irq:45 memory:80000000-8fffffff ioport:5000(size=256) memory:90400000-9043ffff


In the Additional Drivers Tab, there are three options. Two of which are the drivers I installed, but didn't realize there was this option to switch them available. I'm unsure which to use.

One is the X.Org X server -- AMD/ATI display wrapper from xserver-xorg-ati

Another is AMD graphics accelerators from fglrx-updates

The last is AMD graphics accelerators from fglrx.


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 Post subject: Re: Extended Dual Monitors
PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 8:14 pm 
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Go back to additional drivers and activate the

AMD graphics accelerators from fglrx-updates

drivers .. when they've finished installing, reboot to test the drivers.

You should now have a menu item called "Catalyst" where you can configure your monitors

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 Post subject: Re: Extended Dual Monitors
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 4:16 am 
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Thanks a ton!

One more thing though, what's the difference between the two? I'm guessing that the -update just signifies I got lucky and found the latest updated driver?


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 Post subject: Re: [Solved] Extended Dual Monitors
PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:48 am 
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You're most welcome :)

The one with "updates" in the name means it comes from the ubuntu updates repository .. so may be an updated or bug fixed version.

Thanks for marking the topic solved :)

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