Software and hardware annotations 2009 July

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090714 Tue Many difficulties with CentOS5 and dual displays

As part of an upgrade or downgrade from Fedora 8 to CentOS 5 on my laptop there has been the need to get internal and external monitors work again.

The issue is that Fedora 8 had an X server and tools supporting RANDR which allows not just pretend-resizing the current X screen, but also adding new outputs to it, but CentOS 5 only supports RANDR version 1.1, which only allows resizing.

Therefore with RANDR 1.1 one must configure the X server statically with the number of monitors it must support at any one time, and this can mean one of three setups: