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I have plugged in my blue vga cable, to get ONE external monitor to come up. But no matter how many times I go to the Display Settings and "Detect Displays", it won't recognise that anything is connected at all. I've got a dual boot, and when I am in Windows 7, I can press super+P and it will find it (otherwise, it won't). How can I do a similar thing here? And is there any way I can permanently make it recognise when I've plugged in an external monitor? Basically, I just want to be able to plug it in, and for the laptop to automatically switch to the external display (like I've seen it do on other laptops!).

When I examine what hardware I've got, I find:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)

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Do you have an AMD or Nvidia GPU? –  oaskamay Mar 4 '13 at 1:40
    
I don't know. How would I find out? –  Pepe Lebuntu Mar 4 '13 at 6:24
    
Sorry for the late reply. Type in lspci | grep VGA and add the output to your post. If you have an AMD GPU, you're in luck, I've dealt with them so many times (and yes multiple monitors is a pain with Ubuntu and AMD GPUs, but it's certainly possible). –  oaskamay Mar 7 '13 at 20:34
    
No worries man, thanks for your help. I've added it to the original post, as you directed, but here it is again as well: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09) –  Pepe Lebuntu Mar 8 '13 at 0:01
    
Bump! @oaskamay, any more advice? –  Pepe Lebuntu Mar 15 '13 at 1:17
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