Yesterday I suspended my computer when I left work. This morning I turned it on and the resolution was messed up. At first I could only get it to work in 640x480 and all text was unreadable. Since then I have managed to get it to 1280x1024 but nothing beyond that and certainly no second monitor.
I have a Dell Precision m4600. It has an nvidia quadro 1000m graphics card.
It seems that at the very least my xorg.conf was messed up by something as it was empty. I suspect an update but I didn't pay much attention to what updates were installed yesterday so I can't be sure.
I have tried (almost but not exactly in order):
restoring xorg.conf from some backed up versions...unfortunately these were incorrect as well which is probably why they weren't active in the first place. Didn't work anyway.
removing all nvidia drivers
running dpkg -reconfigure xserver-xorg
reinstalling latest nvidia drivers
removing xorg.conf entirely
and probably some permutation of all the above steps combined with multiple reboots and repressing the urge to smash my laptop against the wall give up on technology and move to a sandy beach in the mediteranean area. Ok, maybe I am slightly frustrated.
I understand there are a lot of problems with nvidia drivers and the latest ubuntu. Nothign I do seems to convince it there even are nvidia drivers installed.
I haven't found an answer in other threads but it is a bit difficult searching when resolution is less than ideal. If there is answer in another thread please point me there. Otherwise please prove you brilliance (or my stupidity) by giving the magic one liner which solves all my problems. please?