[CS-FSLUG] Multiple Monitors and three programs at once

Jim Isbell, W5JAI jim.isbell at gmail.com
Fri Apr 26 10:24:05 CDT 2013

My need is for three separate trading platforms so one screen put together
from parts is not decessary.  However it would seem to me that if you
needed that large a screen, a $500 LCD HD 50"  TV would do the job for less

Jim Isbell

Beware the man who only carries one gun. HE PROBABLY KNOWS HOW TO USE IT!!!

On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 10:18 AM, Josiah Ritchie
<josiah at josiahritchie.com>wrote:

> I used to play with setting up a huge desktop and then the monitor would
> act as a 640x480 viewscreen. You could only see that much of the larger
> whole at a time. Ultimately, it proved rather burdensome to keep the whole
> thing. It's like keeping the entire starscape in your head while looking
> through a telescope. Neat in concept, hard to do in practice. Still, I
> think that it was even possible was pretty cool. :-)
> JSR/
> On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM, Stephen McCracken <sjm.mlists at gmail.com>wrote:
>> >>> Will it run a SEPARATE program to each of the multiple monitors?
>> >>> I have had multiple monitors on this system, but they all showed
>> >>> the same picture.
>> > Absolutely, this is all in the config of X and your video cards. You
>> > can choose either to mirror the image or have separate screens. If
>> > you have a laptop you might run into a video card limit where it
>> > will only mirror the laptop screen to the external screen, but I
>> > haven't seen that limitation in a long time.
>> I was running for a long time an LXDE desktop that did really well with
>> two monitors (out of three) stretching the whole desktop into one big
>> 3840x1080 desktop and using them as one big monitor.  I have a laptop
>> and two monitors plugged into a docking station.  The video card only
>> has two outputs, so I could use any of the three monitors, but only two
>> maximum at a time.  I learned some of the xrandr commands to manipulate
>> the screens, but then found the utility ARandR which is a really slick
>> front end to all the xrandr shenanigans.
>> sjm
>> P.S. I have since switched to a GNOME environment, because I need to use
>> VMWare Workstation and it wouldn't see both monitors with LXDE, but can
>> use both with GNOME.
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