Dual-display configuration using Nvidia + Twinview

Use monitors of different resolutions and combine them into one desktop.

Nvidia's Twinview feature makes it easy to create a single X session over two separate displays. Running - for example - Fluxbox window manager in a Twinview configuration the menubar can be extended across the entire length of both displays, windows maximize within the boundaries of a single display with no overlap, and windows are easily dragged from one display to the next (and if they are maximized ... auto-resize to fit the new resolution).

To setup my desired side-by-side, dual-display layout I use ...

For a dual-display configuration using non-Nvidia graphics try xrandr .

Make a small edit to /etc/X11/xorg.conf by adding Option "TwinView" and Option "TwinViewOrientation". Using my own configuration as an example ... my primary display is the Acer and the I-INC is positioned left-relative to it. So I add to my xorg.conf ...

Section "Device"
    Identifier  "Card0"
    #Driver      "nouveau"
    Driver      "nvidia"
    VendorName  "nVidia Corporation"
    BoardName   "C51PV [GeForce 6150]"
    BusID       "PCI:0:5:0"
    **Option      "TwinView" "true"**
    **Option      "TwinViewOrientation" "LeftOf"**
EndSection

Launch an X session and you are welcomed by a single, combined desktop (in my case ... 3600(1680+1920)x1200 resolution).

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