> > > Hi everybody!!!
> > >
> > > This is a challenge for me ... and those who don't know how to
> > > do it. =) How can I plug in a second SCREEN on a second VIDEO CARD in linux?
> > >
> > > I mean : I have a 15" SVGA Screen which I use in X-windows, and I would like
> > > to plugin a 14" VGA Screen on a second video card....
> > >
> > > Do you know that?
> > >
> > > if yes, reply here and at KURDT@VIDEOTRON.CA
> > Sure! It's easy!
> > 1) Turn off computer
> > 2) Open up your computer
> > 3) Find a free bus slot for your second video card.
> > 4) Plug the card into that slot.
> > 5) Put the case back on the computer.
> > 6) Plug the second monitor into the second video card on the back
> > of the computer.
> > 7) Plug the power cord for the monitor into the wall outlet.
> > Piece of cake.
> And this could potentially blow up both video cards, since they don't
> typically have protection against two cards driving the bus at the
> same time. (The Diamond Speedstar in my hand appears to use 74LS245's
> to tristate the data lines, but if you connect the output of one to
> the output of another when neither are tri-stated -- blammo!)
All that was asked was how to plug another video card into the
computer. No mention of actually having it do anything, or even
> There are various web pages and FAQs discussing this. I have no references,
> since it is just as easy for interested people to search for these as it is
> for me.
> The cases where you could potentially use two video cards (hardware limitation):
> 1 Both are on the PCI bus
> 2 One is on PCI and one is VGA on ISA (maybe)
> 3 VGA and MDA
> 4 You have a modified VGA card that translates bus addresses
Yes, exactly. The original poster didn't mention what the
purpose of doing this was. Perhaps it was to troubleshoot a
burned out video card or motherboard for midterms... It pays to
form questions with more information....
> Assuming you have such a combination ready, you must look for software that
> can handle it. There is a commercial X server that handles multi-heading for
> the PCI/PCI case. I've heard reports of people using MDA as a console and
> VGA for X. Last I checked, there did not appear to be kernel support for
> multiple consoles. (sounds like a fun project...)
Well there is now. Check out the latest kernel (2.1.115 or
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