Monday, April 21, 2008

Workspace Upgraded!

First up in this post. Workspace v0.1.



This was my workspace since I started my internship with Inigo. Small, compact, with only my 1024x768 resolution of my loyal companion Thinkpad R51.

After 4 months with Inigo, 1024x768 started to feel too small to work with. So, on the last PIKOM PC Fair, I decided to grab one external monitor to plug to this laptop for extra screen real-estate. Kaeru recommended me to grab one very big screen - 22inch - and I went for it.

Lucky for me, Dell was having a promotion for their E228WFP Entry Level monitor. For only 849 MYR (approx 265 USD), I'll get a 22inch TFT monitor with 5 years warranty. Tempted, I bought it. Its not cash-n-carry, so I had to wait a week for the monitor.

A week after

The monitor arrived!!!



Setting up for dual display is a little bit tricky with my laptop's i855gm. First, Xrandr couldnt detect all of the resolutions of my 22inch screen. After some tweaking with Xorg.conf and guessing config entries, I got it working at last.

Second tricky part was setting the dual screen layout for left-right position. Sadly I discovered that for i855gm, maximum virtual space is only 2048x2048. So, I had to instead use top-bottom layout to get dualhead working.

Once I understood and accepted the two limitation above, the new gnome-display-properties rocks!!!. It make it easier to configure dual display screen locations and enabling/disabling displays using Xrandr.

And .... Workspace v0.2 is released!!!!





Now, If only I can put that 22inch monitor higher so that i don't need to strain my neck typing on the left, with the display on the right.

yay~~~
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