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December 5, 2010

Extended desktop

I am totally new to Linux and have tried CD versions of Knoppix, Ubuntu and Linux Mint. This is a result of being sick and tired of multiple problems with Vista and having to spend more time fixing issues than working productively.

Anyway my problem is that I would love to get rid of MS Vista completely and use Linux Mint but I use my Lenovo 3000N100 laptop with an external monitor plugged in to it, and also another external monitor plugged in to a USB via a Targus Port Replicator. This enables me to have three screens running as an extended desktop, one screen on the left the other on the right. I need this set up for the type of work I do.

So far trialling Linux Mint, Ubuntu and Knoppix off a CD I just cannot create an extended desktop, if I try to do this I get resolution problems and my USB doesn't work at all. Knoppis does not have any option to have an extended desktop that I can see.

I expect it may be because I am using the CD rather than installing Linux but if I can't get my extended desktop working then I cannot really move away from Windows. I am sure there is a workaround but I can't find any information. Not being too technical I have to find an explanation in plain English.

Does anyone have any ideas of how I can achieve this?

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