Originally Posted by diomidis
So, here is the situation. I've got an Amilo laptop with a broken screen (about 90% is not view-able). So I bought an external monitor and installed Fedora 14 on my laptop. The installation could be viewed on the external. But when I booted on the installed Fedora the monitor was unavailable. But when I turn to terminal mode with Ctrl+Del+F10 I can run the console with my external monitor also. So I have terminal in both monitors and standard GUI only on the broken laptop screen.
Can you help me?
Hmmm ... I don't know if this will work in an alternate terminal session via Ctrl+Del+F10, ... but assuming this is NOT nvidia graphic hardware, then how about this , run :
so as to learn what the internal integrated display was called and the external display. Also note the resolutions available with each.
I suspect the internal will be called LVDS and the external something like VGA-0 (or some other). Substitute (in my example) what your display is called for where I typed 'VGA-0'.
Then try to have external monitor driven:
xrandr --output LVDS --auto --output VGA-0 --auto --same-as LVDS
Then try 'Ctrl+Del+Fx' (using 'x' as what ever you need to go back to X)
To switch OFF the external monitor you can type:
xrandr --output VGA-0 --off
I don't know if (to switch off the laptop screen):
xrandr --output LVDS --off
will affect the VGA-0 when it is a clone of LVDS
The above settings won't survive a reboot.
You can probably get ideas here by looking at the thinkwiki on xrandr: http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Xorg_RandR_1.2
I've never actually tried this with a broken monitor (nor via Ctrl+Del+F10 and Ctrl+Del+Fx(something) to get back) but its what I would try myself.