Independent Multimonitor Mode in X11R7.3

Jason Kim jason at
Fri Jun 13 07:44:19 PDT 2008

Independent screen mode (aka zaphod mode) is not supported in "intel"
driver.  I've also asked this question before, but haven't gotten any
answers. I think developers of "intel" driver don't have any plan about
it. Or very low priority..

The latest ATI driver(6.8.0), however, supports zaphod mode again. It
was broken before 6.8.0, and reimplemented back since then.

If "i810" driver supports your video card, then use it for the zaphod
mode. It is dead now and 1.7.4 was the last version.


On Fri, 2008-06-13 at 18:47 +0530, Deepak Bhatia wrote:
> Thanks Alan,
> Can we update the same on
> or we can update "man
> i810" page on X11R7.3.
> Best Regards
> Deepak Bhatia 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alan Hourihane [mailto:alanh at] 
> Sent: Friday, June 13, 2008 5:48 PM
> To: Deepak Bhatia
> Cc: xorg list; dawes at
> Subject: RE: Independent Multimonitor Mode in X11R7.3
> On Fri, 2008-06-13 at 17:29 +0530, Deepak Bhatia wrote:
> > Dear All,
> > 
> > We have the laptops of HP nx6120 and additional monitor of HP LI1706.
> > 
> > The below link doesn't specifically tells about
> clone/expand/independent
> > modes of the dual head.
> > 
> > The HP laptop has the following chipset Intel 915GM/GMS,910GML Express
> > Chipset.
> > 
> > I want to request if somebody has written a successful xorg.conf or
> used
> > xrandr1.2 suitably to get clone/expand/independent.
> You won't get independent with the new driver. Only expand and clone.
> The independent mode was broken and it's yet to be fixed.
> Alan.
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