I have a Dell D820 with the Nvidia Quadro NVS 120M video card (Fedora sees it as a GeForce Go 7400) and a docking station with a Dell 2001FP LCD attached to the VGA connector. Fedora 7 is loaded and the closed source nvidia drivers (yum install kmod-nvidia from Livna) in use. When I boot up docked, I see the grub screen and some of the initial boot process until the nvidia card is initialized at which point my LCD screen turns off and the laptop screen turns on (I crack the lid and see it is on). The boot process continues on until X starts up at which point the LCD monitor turns back on and I see the X login screen.
Last year I had a D800, docking station and Fedora 6 and it handled the LCD just fine. I could watch the whole boot process without any issues. Is there anything I can do to tell the boot process / nvidia that the laptop is docked and to keep the LCD active? This is merely an annoyance but it would be nice to get it working correctly.
By the way, whenever I upgrade the kernel and don't get the matching kmod-nvidia package, when the boot process turns off the LCD, it never turns on again. I pretty much have to have the matching kmod-nvidia package.