Looking for a solution to get three monitors wired in…

So, as my job lately required me to have a lot of windows open to look at, and even my two monitors setup started to feel cluttered, today I decided to invest some of the money I got for my last job to get a new monitor. I decided to get a 20” wide Samsung monitor. Not a bad choice as the monitor is quite nice and seems to blend well with the other two monitors I have.

I haven’t tried to set Xorg correctly yet, that I’ll do tomorrow, as I mounted it in quite late. I also added in an MGA (Mystique) card to see if I can wire in three monitors on Enterprise.

I haven’t investigated too much, but as far as I could see from the results of messing with xorg.conf, the Radeon 9250 does not get by default 1680×1050 which is the resolution of the monitor (if I can get it to run at 1680×1024 would also be nice to me). Also when I set the Virtual size parameter to 4260×1024, I get corrupted images.

Trying to start the mga head with any resolution seem to get me a “not enough video memory”, which might actually be comprehensible, considering the age of the card.

Now, if anybody has an idea how to get three monitors wired in… an option would be to get a Dual-Link DVI capable card, but the cheapest AGP card I can find is a 7600GT from nVidia (which is quite good, I’m sure nVidia would actually get multi-monitor working fine, it was one thing I never had problems using with it), but it costs €100, and I’m planning to change computer next month or the one afterward for a faster box, and I’m not sure if it’s a nice idea to get a new videocard for it now.

Well, I’m not in a hurry, the third monitor will be connected to the laptop tomorrow, so it will not be wasted even if I don’t change the card right away, and I might actually find a solution for the problem with mga.

At any rate, if anybody has a Dual-link DVI (+VGA, or anyway something that could run 3 heads) capable card that is not being used, and want to help me in any way, I’d say this time I’d accept 😉 Though I might actually get the new card, after all I am going to sell the computer when I get a new one, so I might just count in the card 🙂