GNOME panel does not extend across dual monitors

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SUSE Linux Enterpise Desktop (SLED), Server (SLES), or openSUSE with dual monitors setup in xinerama mode.


With dual monitors setup in xinerama mode the desktop extends properly across both monitors but the GNOME panel at the bottom only shows on one monitor.


This is controlled by the nVidia driver.  The settings for the driver can be modified by running the following command as the root user:

nvidia-xconfig –no-twinview-xinerama-info

The X server will need to restart to enable the change.

There is an advantage to both settings.  When the panel is only on one screen (twinview-xinerama-info enabled) you can maximize a window and it will only maximize on the monitor it was on.  If you disable the twinview-xinerama-info the panel will extend across both monitors but if you maximize a window it will also extend across both monitors.


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  • Document ID:7001755
  • Creation Date: 28-Oct-2008
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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