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OpenSuSE 11.1 Quick Start Guide
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2.2 Setting Up Graphics Card and Monitor

After the installation you can change the configuration of your graphics system (graphics card and monitor) according to your needs. Such a change can be necessary because of accessibility issues or hardware upgrades.

Change the resolution, if fonts are too small or if circles appear misshapen:

  1. In YaST, click Hardware > Graphics Card and Monitor. SaX2 checks the system resources and displays the Card and Monitor Properties dialog.

  2. Make sure the monitor is properly detected. If not, use Change to select the appropriate model from the list.

  3. Now select an appropriate Resolution.

  4. Test the new configuration before it is applied to the system. Click OK > Test and either Cancel or Save the configuration.

WARNING: Changing Monitor Frequencies

Although there are safety mechanisms, you should still be very careful when manually changing the allowed monitor frequencies. Incorrect values might destroy your monitor. Always refer to the monitor's manual before changing frequencies.

To activate a second monitor, proceed as follows:

  1. In YaST, click Hardware > Graphics Card and Monitor. SaX2 checks the system resources and displays the Card and Monitor Properties dialog.

  2. Make sure the monitor is properly detected. If not, use Change to select the appropriate model from the list.

  3. Now enable Activate Dual Head Mode and click Configure for further tuning.

  4. Make sure the second monitor is properly detected. If not, use Change to select the appropriate model from the list.

  5. Decide whether you want to use the second monitor in Cloned Multihead or in Xinerama Multihead mode and click Ok.

  6. Test the new configuration before it is applied to the system. Click OK > Test and either Cancel or Save the configuration.

NOTE: Restarting the X Server

Any changes you make here take effect only after you restart the X server. If you want to restart the X server now, log out from the graphical system and log in again.

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