Dual Monitor Setup on CentOS 6?

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Is anyone here running CentOS 6 with dual monitors configured as a single X Screen?

I’m trying such a setup on version 5 (again), using NVIDIA TwinView, and it works in many ways, but there are a number of problems that means it’s not too usable – the most important one being that there appears to be no way to control which of the displays new applications/windows will appear on. I mean, I don’t necessarily need to be able to configure this or anything, but I would at least expect programs to open on the monitor that displaying the menu item or icon or terminal or whatever used for startup, but often they end up on the other one.

So I guess my question is, would upgrading to version 6 help?

3 thoughts on - Dual Monitor Setup on CentOS 6?

  • Hello Toralf,

    Works very well here w/ a Dell E6500 laptop and Intel internal graphics
    chip (laptop lid and hdmi-connected lcd). Not sure if that helps you

  • It’s the window’s manager job to do that using the XINERAMA X extension.
    see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinerama
    For example in centos 6 KDE the window manager redirects the new windows
    in the display that have the mouse in, so if I start an application and
    quickly enough move the mouse to the desired screen, the application
    window displays in that screen.


  • I knew that. The question is, do they? I mean “they” as in “the window
    managers supplied with CentOS 6″…

    OK. So kwm or whatever it’s called these days does the right thing then.
    Unfortunately, I’m using GNOME. I’ve tried both Metacity and Compiz on
    CentOS 5; the former appears to have *some* Xinerama support, but where
    it places new windows seems completely arbitrary. Compiz won’t even
    start – it just tells me that Xinerama is not supported.