Apologies if this is somehow covered elsewhere. I've done a good bit of searching to no avail.
I'm running 2 monitors from a fresh install of F17 on my Dell Latitude D410.
Monitor 1: the laptop's LCD screen - detected, all fine and dandy.
Monitor 2: an external flatscreen monitor. It's sort-of detected (the system seems able to tell there's a monitor there, but not its resolution, so it defaults to 1024x768. That's ok-ish, for the moment.
My query is this:
I have the laptop on my desk, and the external monitor raised up on a box above the laptop screen. Thus, the physical location of the two is simply that the external monitor is directly above the laptop's screen. So, when I extend the desktop onto both monitors (so that I can - say - put a document, or my email program in the external monitor while I work on a document on the laptop screen), the most natural arrangement for me would be to mirror the physical arrangement of the monitors.
If I do this in system settings > display, moving monitor2 to be above monitor1, I get odd results. I can't move any windows up onto the second monitor, except occasionally they will snap into a position where all that is visible of the window is a tiny strip down the right hand side of the external monitor. I also find that on this arrangement, I have to move the mouse right up to the top left of the external monitor in order to see my open windows.
The only stable arrangement I've found is to have the external monitor arranged (in system settings > display) as though it were to the right of my laptop monitor. This is sort-of workable, and maybe I'll get used to it, but it's quite irritating:
(1) I frequently move the mouse to the wrong place because the settings for the relative positions of the monitors are unable to match their actual physical location.
(2) since the scroll bar is on the right of the screen, I frequently have problems using scroll bars on monitor 1 because the mouse drifts out onto monitor 2. Q annoying.
There MUST be a way to position a second monitor above the first.
But I can't work it out.
I'd be SOOOOO grateful for any advice anyone can offer (or direct me to).
Best wishes, Eudemus
p.s. sorry for the long post.