So then we want to view 4k as well! Here’s a quick making-of.
- We selected 4 monitors that can be wall-mounted, with a foot you can remove. Our 26″ Iyama screens worked perfect.
- In the hardware store I bought “shelves rail” which is sturdy and has enough holes for the screens to mount.
- With everything mounted, it was even standing reasonably firm on the bottom two screens
That was the easy part! Now get X11 to show a full desktop with 2 graphics cards and 4 monitors… how we got it to work:
- You need two identical cards, different NVidia types mixed didn’t work
- The cards have to be connected with an SLI bridge (see image)
- Sudo mv your /etc/xorg.conf away to a backup name, restart system with all monitors connected
- Start the Nvidia X Server Settings panel, “detect displays”, enable “twinview” and “Xinerama” for the screens, and arrange them in the right layout. This might take a couple of steps of “Save settings” and logout/login to see the effects.
- The Gnome desktop insisted on drawing footer/headers on every monitor, and even doubling/tripling them. But with Xfce it was all perfect.
And voila, we even had Blender running! And more awesome, in the fresh 2.66 release the Blender “DPI” option (user prefs) scales a UI smoothly and crisp to double size as well. Works totally amazing :)
This is very promising for the future 4k computer monitors that soon will be available for more reasonable prices!