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Fri, 10 Oct 2008

Using an external display with Kubuntu Hardy

Apparently there's no way to get an external monitor (or projector) to work with any built-in graphical tool, or with the "System Settings" in the K menu. In order to get any signal at all from the VGA socket of your laptop, you still need to add a few lines to your xorg.conf (which is normally found in /etc/X11):

SubSection "Display"
  Depth 24
  Virtual 1024 768
EndSubSection

This has to go into the "Screen" section of xorg.conf I found what I needed at Launchpad: Useful dual-head configuration requires manual editing of xorg.conf to set Virtual. Careful with the two numbers behind "Virtual" though: it's easy to mess up what you see on your screen if you put something different from your actual screen resolution here.

Posted on 10 Oct 2008 at 16:41 in /technology. -- Permalink

17 years of Linux

Linus B. Torvalds's message (5 Oct 1991) which started it all is found here. An article at The Register explains the context.

Posted on 10 Oct 2008 at 15:31 in /technology. -- Permalink


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