Hooked up my new 24″ LCD – suprisingly easy

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

I’ve wanted to replace one of the dual-19″ LCDs with a widescreen for a while. So Today I picked up the Samsung 2443BWX $349.99 special Costco is running. I had thought hooking it up to my dual-head setup would be some pain because it would have to run under 1920×1200 while the other 19″ under 1280×1024. Well, it worked out surprisingly easy in both Windows and Linux. In Windows, it was trivially done via the display settings. In Linux, all I had to do was replace this line in the xorg.conf:

Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +1280+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"


Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +1920+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"

and restart the X server.

Vmware to Virtualbox Migration Issues

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

In my Kubuntu, I have a Windows XP Professional virtual machine running in Vmware that I use from time to time. Recently I decided to migrate it to VirtualBox. Eventually I got it working, after going through a number of issues. Here goes a recount of them: more…