> I am currently running RedHat 7.2 on my machine using XFree86 on my
> Radeon graphics cards. I also have a GeForce2 MX400 (PCI) in my
> machine. This second card, as it isnt used as the primary device, isnt
> initialised during start-up. Is there anyway I can get linux to
> initialise this card and use it to display one of the consoles so that I
> can have both x-windows and a console screen being shown at the same time
> on my 2 monitors?
Not trying to sound snide Flibble, but a good comprehensive search of
google will turn you up the information on how to. I've seen a number of
posts on how to do it with two cards or the single card, and in fact
took part in a thread on it a couple of months ago and archived al teh
info, but it since has gone away with a disk wipe.
I just don't have all of it in memory at present, but I do use a Radeon
VE card with the dual monitor ability built into it and although I've
never set it up under Linux to give what you are looking for, it works
well under winblows with the bundled software to use it as an extension
of the GUI, or a VDM with five desktops or using the XP power toys to
set up the MSVDM for four.
Don't do what I did for almost two weeks last month. ;-)
I decided I'd had enough experience with XP, had learned all I wanted to
know, and it was time for me to get on back to Open Source. Figured in
the mean time I'd take down the computer and give it a good cleaning.
Since the only way I'd ever been able to get the Radeon up and running
under Linux, except for under mdk 8.1 which finds it and configures it
okay, has been to always install or do an upgrade to XFree86 4.1.0 under
Deb or RH, do my configuration of X by way of the xf86config command
line tool and then make the necessary modifications on XF86Config-4
because XFree86 is not ready for prime time in the configuration
department at detecting the Radeon unless it has the level 17 patch I
guess it is that Mandrake puts in or on it, so I blithely set about
doing just that.
I spent almost two weeks and ripped out probably four different
installs, 'cause it seemed I'd forgotten how to get an X going.
Regardless what I seemed to do, startx, or boot to GUI would simply set
my power saver mode and my little green light would blink at me.
About two thirty the other morning sitting here feeling kind altzheimers
like for the youngish sixty year old that I am, once again looking at my
little green poser saver light winking at me, for some reason I reached
over and turned on my other monitor.
There was my GUI.
I'd switched monitors in the process of doing the cleaning and
I ain't gonna attempt to explain how this can happen, but unless it's
your desired effect. Don't do it. ;-)