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#1 2012-11-15 15:13:32

eightbitbrad
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From: Georgia, USA
Registered: 2010-10-28
Posts: 10
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Preparing for a new machine

Hi all,

I am lucky enough to be able to use Arch on my workstation at work (and I'm the envy of some of the Fedora users wink ), and I've received notification that I will be getting a new machine within the month.  Normally it's not a big deal, but it will have dual monitors and an SSD drive in it.  I've not messed with either of these things in Arch before and wanted to be prepared.

Aside from the wiki, can anyone offer up some advice or tips?  I believe the machine will have either Intel or ATI graphics onboard.

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#2 2012-11-15 16:04:24

mzneverdies
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Registered: 2012-02-04
Posts: 147

Re: Preparing for a new machine

Dunno about twin monitors, but I'm ussing an ssd with arch with the following fstab, and so far, so good!

/dev/sda1       /               ext4            defaults,noatime,discard       0       1

can't remember what noatime and discard exactly do, but prior to my ssd installation, I did some research, and those parameter where mentioned on almost every ssd-howto.

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#3 2012-11-15 17:06:49

ataraxia
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From: Pittsburgh
Registered: 2007-05-06
Posts: 1,537

Re: Preparing for a new machine

The two monitors shouldn't be much of a problem. It will just work. I did get annoyed with some things it would do in certain cases (wrong resolution if I started X with one screen in power-save, or right/left screen order changing on some software updates), so I wrote an xorg.conf that statically defines the virtual screen size and which screen is which, and never looked back:

Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier     "Layout0"
    Screen      0  "Screen0" 0 0
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor0"
    VendorName     "DELL"
    ModelName      "2407WFP"
    Option         "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier     "Monitor1"
    VendorName     "DELL"
    ModelName      "2408WFP"
    Option         "DPMS"
    Option         "RightOf" "DisplayPort-0"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier     "Device0"
    Driver         "radeon"
    VendorName     "ATI"
    BoardName      "Radeon HD 3470"
    Option         "Monitor-DisplayPort-0" "Monitor0"
    Option         "Monitor-DisplayPort-1" "Monitor1"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier     "Screen0"
    Device         "Device0"
    Monitor        "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth    24
    SubSection     "Display"
        Depth       24
        Virtual     3840 1200
    EndSubSection
EndSection

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