Dynamically switch ServerLayout - is it finally possible ?

Brice Goglin brice.goglin at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 16:00:33 PDT 2007

Bruno BEAUFILS wrote:
> After some fighting with my new Laptop (Dell Latitude D420 with Intel i915GM,
> which meens i810 module)

Actually, my Dell Latitude D420 has a i945GM.
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile
945GM/GMS/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)

> All of these configurations run well with the help of 915resolution and the
> xserver-xorg from basic debian installation.
> The problem that remains is that I would like to be able to switch between
> these different layouts without restarting the X server. Now, I do it by
> changing the DefaultServerLayout entry in xorg.conf and restarting GDM through
> a simple script (cf [2]).
> Is there a way to switch without restarting X ? That would allow me to
> suspend/hibernate/dock/undock without having to restart X ?

Switching between LVDS/TMDS/VGA outputs at runtime works very well on
this machine with libxrandr2, xserver-xorg-core and
xserver-xorg-video-intel packages currently in Debian experimental.

I don't know about dock/undock since it often freezes my machine...

Note that I don't need i915resolution anymore with the packages above
(1280x800 on the internal panel).


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