Setting up multiple monitors is currently a nice experience. Doing this from krandrtray, which is a very very nice front-end, is easy. But doing it via xorg.conf can be … well … interesting. That’s mostly because each driver has its own method of properly setting up multiple monitors.
Here’s how to setup multiple monitors with xorg.conf when using the opensource radeon driver (tested with 6.14.1). The tricky part (and the one that took me aprox. 1 hour to figure) is to name the Monitors with the exact same name as the card’s outputs.
First, you need to launch X at least once with both monitors connected just to find out the output names. Look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log:
$ grep 'Output.*connected' /var/log/Xorg.0.log (II) RADEON(0): Output HDMI-0 connected (II) RADEON(0): Output DIN disconnected (II) RADEON(0): Output VGA-0 disconnected (II) RADEON(0): Output DVI-0 connected
From the above search you can see that the connected outputs are named HDMI-0 and DVI-0. You may be able to determine which monitor is connected to which output either by looking up its resolution:
(II) RADEON(0): Output HDMI-0 using initial mode 1920x1200
or other information in Xorg.0.log
Next you need to create or update /etc/X11/xorg.conf. The required relevant sections are as follows:
Section "Monitor" Identifier "HDMI-0" Option "Primary" "On" EndSection Section "Monitor" Identifier "DVI-0" Option "LeftOf" "HDMI-0" EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Card0" Driver "radeon" BusID "PCI:1:0:0" Screen 1 EndSection Section "Device" Identifier "Card1" Driver "radeon" BusID "PCI:1:0:1" Screen 1 EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen0" Device "Card0" Monitor "HDMI-0" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1920x1200" EndSubSection EndSection Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen1" Device "Card1" Monitor "DVI-0" DefaultDepth 24 SubSection "Display" Depth 24 Modes "1440x900" EndSubSection EndSection Section "ServerLayout" Identifier "Layout0" Screen "Screen0" 1440 0 Screen "Screen1" LeftOf "Screen0" EndSection
Now I’m not sure about the second “LeftOf” because I stopped restarting X and KDM after it worked, but IIRC, it is not required.
As it was mentioned earlier, the tricky part is to named the Monitors as the outputs of the card (HDMI-0 and DVI-0 in my case).
Also, I remember that using the above naming for PciIDs is also required (observer that they are different) and I believe tht the “Monitor” statement inside the “Screen” section doesn’t affect anything.
If everything is setup correctly you should see this in Xorg.0.log:
(II) RADEON(0): Output HDMI-0 using monitor section HDMI-0 (II) RADEON(0): Output DVI-0 using monitor section DVI-0
which indicates that monitor sections where properly matched with outputs.