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I am running a Lenovo W530 with Ubuntu 12.10. I have tried every solution I could find for this issue but to no avail.

Ubuntu will not recognize that I have a VGA monitor connected to the laptop. I realize that the VGA connector goes through the NVIDIA driver.

What I have tried(would provide more links but I need my rep needs to be greater than 10 to post more than two):

  • The Steps Lined out by Jim

  • What applied to my system from Sagark

  • Trying to force the driver to be on with bbswitch

  • changing the BIOS so that it would run in Discrete (it will boot but I get horrible resolution and still no external display...also seems that compwiz does not work well while in this mode
  • Went through a couple of additional threads about getting a VIRTUAL display. However, every time I try to install the patch that was hacked for the intel driver for the virtual display capabilities, my intel display crashes and I have to revert.
  • Virtualization is enabled for my Intel display in the BIOS

I have hit a wall. I have also read through about 10 different questions on here and none have helped. Should I completely scrap the Nvidia drivers on my machine and run only with bumblebee? Has there been any success with that?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: Kernel: 3.5.0-26-generic

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i'm running a lenovo w530 with ubuntu 12.10 i faced the same issue this week ... i did the following: except instead of nvidia-current-updates i use nvidia-current (but there shouldn't be a difference)

then i switched to discrete mode and voila your external display should work (kernel 3.5.0-27.46-generic)

kr raphael

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This essentially WORKED!!! However, due to my previous experiments, I needed to remove bumblebee, bbswitch, purge my Nvidia-current, get it again, reboot with discrete and it worked. I was a bit nervous at first because it was booting into low res but then that rare moment of computer magic happened and it worked. Thank you sir. I would upvote but I do not have the rep yet on this sub stack. Answer: ACCEPTED – Benjamin Trent Apr 25 '13 at 14:12
This answer combined with the comment by @bwtrent worked perfectly for me. – OSE Oct 2 '13 at 14:17
Does this allow you to display to an external monitor and the Thinkpad's display? – Malcolm Oct 5 '13 at 15:07
@Malcolm Yes I am able to use 2 external monitors (DVI from docking station) and the Thinkpad display. I am running a Thinkpad W530. – OSE Oct 21 '13 at 19:48
@Malcolm I'm running my w530 right now with 13.04 and it works out of box with external monitor & thinkpad monitor, (no nvidia driver, just the standard nouveau driver installed, which is there when i install ubuntu) - when I want to use an external monitor I switch do discrete graphics mode & optimus disabled - when I'm using just the thinkpad monitor or I run win8 with external monitor I switch back to nvidia optimus & optimus enabled (I even switch back when just using ubuntu because I can't control the backlight in discrete mode :( ..) – Raphael Stary Oct 22 '13 at 17:00

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