See what you can get from this thread, but nvidia must have something newer than 346 by now. Get your display running properly before adding another screen lol You know, I recall insisting on showing the splash screen aka nvidia logo (via the nvidia control panel) before Enlightenment shows its splash screen--this is after plymouth--just to confirm that the closed source drivers were kicking in. Suggest you do the same, especially if you plan on using more than one display.
If you plan to install the nvidia drivers some time in the future you can use the control panel to set the brightness and the layout of your dualhead rig. It can save your settings if you put a check next to Restore settings on boot. Set it up once, use the module and your Bodhi will be ready every time.
Thinkpads are suitable for linux, like greywizard says, especially when their keyboards don't have that logo on them. It's only when you pick their unique 12-inch models with the unusual configurations that will tax your patience sometimes; I recall trying to get the stylus to work on Fedora, but did not have the time back then.
As a follow up to Oblio's response (which is spot-on), having an xorg.conf saved with your multi-head setup virtually guarantees the same result every time, regardless of distro. Want to try the new GNOME on *buntu, with the multimonitor? Let the distro autodetect, and maybe it can set two out of three displays. So then you pull up the backup of xorg.conf from a thumb drive, do some minor edits so that the labels and names match, get the versions in sync, and BAM you get to see GNOME on all three. Then you save that edited version as a separate backup (save as all new xorgconf.buntuGnome or whatever)
The log file is the key. If I remember correctly, it's var/log/Xorg.conf.log or something; it will list error and diagnostic messages, and all the resolutions supported by your graphics card. You can issue the complete and proper xrandr command to try newer resolutions too, but remember to save that final version, so you can say good-bye to xRandR because you took the time to set it up the reliable way. It's dependable, and it will absolutely positively get your video working for all three monitors. (There is an entire section on xRandR on the wiki for Thinkpads called ThinkWiki)
When I had nvidia, and in its control panel, one of the checkboxes was Restore session on startup. Put a check next to it, so that when you bring up the gui next time, it will be at the proper resolution(s) and correct layout. But when I had ATI, all it needed was the bulletproof xorg.conf---to fire up three displays. I could then try tiling, panning, etc.
For troubleshooting one of the monitors would be on IRC. weechat, that is, if not irssi. Even without the desktop, support from experienced guys was always available, one simply had to leave the question hanging there, for one of them to reply back.
For the crowd that enjoys watching the text scroll by, this post may be for you. For the niche crowd that likes to actually read those text messages, there are keyboard buttons that can slow them down so that humans can actually read them. Try Scroll Lock first. Then I think the arrow keys can move the screen in a certain direction afterwards, I don't recall perfectly--my memory hasn't been upgraded from 64M.
oblio man I feel your pain. Here is something you may want to try. This is the lounge, so feel free to dismiss this or try it out. You may have seen an ad on craigslist, an unbelievable deal on a computer or laptop, even. Your sig shows you know what a good computer should have. Or what a computer for your father should be.
Get one of those deals (70 bucks for a ...??) You decide what your budget should be. But don't consider it as an expense; look at it as an investment NO MORE CALLS FOR FAMILY TECH SUPPORT
Put Bodhi on it. If it has touch screen, even better; but don't insist on it. THE ONE THING it won't have is some virus from MSN, filling up the cache. Make sure it runs firefox or whatever you think is a safer bet. Then tape a sheet of paper over it, which says DO NOT TOUCH or FOR SERVICE USE ONLY--it is meant for a technician whom you will call when that day comes. Power it off, then leave it covered in their house.
Or you can put 16.04 Ubuntu studio on it. That way, you have something new, in case you want to have it. Or just load Bodhi with everything else. INMNSHO, a win-win.
Maybe you could try asking in debian.org, but you should set your display to something like 1024x768. I've seen some installers that will run off the console in text (I don't know if Debian does that, but older redhat did)
Have you tried asking Debian folks as well? (This is where logging in irc as guest will get you a better answer, almost like picking up the phone)
Bienvenue sur les forums bodhi.Profitez de votre séjour!Grâce à Google Traduction =)
I also installed 4.1 recently, and although a part of it is Ubuntu, a lot of it isn't. Have fun! It sure feels different to open/power on a laptop that boots directly to Bodhi! I will provide a screenshot soon
Back then when I attempted an xrandr with a1440x900 resolution or even a 1600xsomething on my graphics hardware, I had to have that modeline in my xorg.conf first. That way, xrandr could then display it properly, since it was already listed or defined. The log file was very handy in providing me with the other possible resolutions. I knew there were about a dozen others since I would go into "video modes" while setting up a first person shooter for optimum framerates.
Use the log file while tweaking xorg.conf when setting up mutiple display monitors, especially when each display supports different resolutions.