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jema
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 16 8:50 am    Post subject: three monitors under kubuntu  Reply with quote    

As part of organising and spring cleaning, I ended up with three monitors side by side and the temptation to try and make them work with kubuntu.
This has always screwed up badly for me in the past, and yep this time no different has taken a few hours twiddling to unbrick the PC and get it running an Nvidia driver again.
Every stage of the way has been painful. For a start the downloaded nvidia driver won't install with X running, it asks you to run without X, and the instructions for that want you to manually tweak the grub bootloader
I could probably list a good half dozen things I have had to do that are beyond what a non techy would want to do, and the only reason things are a mess in the first place is because of drivers that won't play together. I installed the Nouveau driver and having done that the official nvidia drivers install but then fail to load with a kernel conflict, which again needs weird and wonderful solutions
Linux versions lately seem to focus on desktop changes which add little and are often making things worse, I really wish the focus would be on dealing with the things that make Linux hard for the user.

Hairyloon



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 16 9:16 am    Post subject: Re: three monitors under kubuntu Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
For a start the downloaded nvidia driver won't install with X running, it asks you to run without X, and the instructions for that want you to manually tweak the grub bootloader

Have I misunderstood, or are those stupid instructions?
There are much easier ways to drop out of X, though I'd admit that the answer is not immediately apparent on Google.
I've never been moved to try three monitors, but I've generally had no bother at all with two... except for finding any proper excuse for having them.
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I could probably list a good half dozen things I have had to do that are beyond what a non techy would want to do...

I assume you know the phrase "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"... boring policy isn't it.
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Linux versions lately seem to focus on desktop changes which add little and are often making things worse, I really wish the focus would be on dealing with the things that make Linux hard for the user.

I do like Linux, but the attitude of the (for want of a better word) management does baffle me.

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 16 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i feel your pain ,i am only part installed to get my evolution keyboard working.i can use the piano keys part but the drivers for mint 17 wont make the buttons and dials talk to the pooter unless im running the realy carp studio stuff that came with the keyboard.

i recon my get around is to add another hd to the stack and run it via win 98sp2 which will run my full cubase ,logic platinum, sound forge and all the various wav crunching stuff

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