problem using multiple monitors with gnome on FreeBSD 7

Derek Ragona derek at
Wed Sep 10 10:46:17 UTC 2008

I did a new install of 7.0 on a system equipped with an nvidia 4 video port 
card with just two monitors attached.

Xorg --configure worked fine, and setup xorg.conf correctly for both 

When I bring up X with gnome as root, both screens get used just 
fine.  However when I bring up X with gnome as a regular user only one 
screen is used.  So the problem appears permission related but I'm sure 
could be a configuration error as well.

So if anyone has any advise on how to fix this, or where to look, I'd 
appreciate any guidance.


         derek at

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