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  • #11
    Originally posted by Brane215 View Post
    I've got my setup to work with DP-VGA adapter on 14.Sept.2011:

    Do you live in a sloped world by design?

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    • #12
      Michael, you forgot something... recently you claimed:

      Originally posted by Michael Larabel
      However, if you're using such a high-end graphics card with the open-source driver stack at this point, it's rather silly and can find much better performance out of using the AMD Catalyst binary driver to exploit the full potential out of the pricey hardware.
      7970/w opensource and your claim contradict themselves. I think its good... : )

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      • #13
        Originally posted by Marc Driftmeyer View Post
        Do you live in a sloped world by design?
        Yes. Ljubljana/Slovenia is at 4603′20″N 1430′30″E

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        • #14
          At work our standard desktop for our production systems we are using two Radeon HD 5450/6350 cards, on a 4 head setup, (4x1600x1200). It has been the most stable 4 head solution we have had. Its very nice and cheap too, as the cards only run about 40 bucks a peice. All running under RHEL 5.8.

          I'm doing the upgrade to the Catalyst 3.1 driver and RHEL 5.9 on our production systems this week. Can't wait until we can go to RHEL 6.x as we can then have all one display (0.0) using Xinerama, it doesn't work on the older X server in RHEL 5.x though.

          Sadly, getting to RHEL 6 is probably over a year away yet. Though we are getting some development machines at 6.4 to start checking out our software on.

          We were looking at going 6 head, but may just go to 4x1920x1200. All our software(custom in house) is setup to expect at 1600x1200 layout. just need to change about 40 displays in one shot. Not hard to change the software and its layout, we just need to change everything at once, as most windows have a specific --geometry setting to bring it up in.
          Last edited by matobinder; 05-19-2013, 09:40 PM.

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          • #15
            I've been running 6x 1280x1024 LCDs on a single Radeon HD 5870 using the free software radeon for about a year now. I don't have issues with my desktop not remembering my monitor layout or anything either.

            Debian Wheezy, XFCE, ArandR, direct rendering on all screens (although I wouldn't play 3D games on this aside from Q3A).

            Code:
            $ xrandr 
            Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 7680 x 1024, maximum 8192 x 8192
            DisplayPort-0 connected 1280x1024+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 340mm x 270mm
               1280x1024      75.0 +   60.0* 
               1024x768       75.1     70.1     60.0  
               832x624        74.6  
               800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2  
               640x480        72.8     75.0     66.7     60.0  
               720x400        70.1  
            DisplayPort-1 connected 1280x1024+1280+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
               1280x1024      60.0* 
               1024x768       60.0  
               800x600        60.3     56.2  
               848x480        60.0  
               640x480        59.9  
            DisplayPort-2 connected 1280x1024+2560+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 0mm x 0mm
               1280x1024      60.0* 
               1024x768       60.0  
               800x600        60.3     56.2  
               848x480        60.0  
               640x480        59.9  
            DisplayPort-3 connected 1280x1024+3840+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 338mm x 270mm
               1280x1024      60.0*+   75.0  
               1152x864       75.0  
               1024x768       75.1     70.1     60.0  
               832x624        74.6  
               800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2  
               640x480        72.8     75.0     66.7     60.0  
               720x400        70.1  
            DisplayPort-4 connected 1280x1024+5120+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 359mm x 287mm
               1280x1024      60.0*+
               1280x960       60.0  
               1024x768       60.0  
               800x600        60.3  
               640x480        60.0  
               720x400        70.1  
            DisplayPort-5 connected 1280x1024+6400+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 340mm x 270mm
               1280x1024      75.0*+   60.0     60.0  
               1024x768       75.1     70.1     60.0  
               832x624        74.6  
               800x600        72.2     75.0     60.3     56.2  
               640x480        72.8     75.0     66.7     60.0  
               720x400        70.1  
            $

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            • #16
              Originally posted by boltronics View Post
              (although I wouldn't play 3D games on this aside from Q3A).
              Thanks to Vadim Grillin, Marek Olk and many other contributors, its now possible to reach ~80-100% performance of catalyst in 3D with latest stack.
              Although, I wonder if 3D would work on all monitors in this config and how fast? : P

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              • #17
                Originally posted by brosis View Post
                Although, I wonder if 3D would work on all monitors in this config and how fast? : P
                On the 5870 it's plenty fast. Not sure what the frame rate was last I tried, but the only real problem was the field of view. I couldn't increase the FOV setting enough to compensate for such a wide screen (there appeared to be a hard-coded limit), so it ended up looking very strange. I probably need to make a custom build.

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                • #18
                  Originally posted by Nille_kungen View Post
                  Nice to hear that things work.
                  It looks like this happens so rarely for the average Phoronix forums user. 8)

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                  • #19
                    To persist the screen setup:
                    -In the old KDE screen settings there is a button hidden in another button that save the config as default
                    -Or you could write the rules in xorg.conf
                    -Or autostart script with xrandr

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                    • #20
                      Originally posted by talvik View Post
                      -In the old KDE screen settings there is a button hidden in another button that save the config as default
                      It's important to not forget to reset this settings or remove krandr config before upgrade to KScreen-based display configuration.

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