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I have installed ubuntu 12.04,without nvidia driver I can use my Laptop screen and a second screen over the HDMI port of my laptop.

For some reason when I install the nVidia driver 331.20 the second screen which is using the HDMI port is getting a mirrorscreen of my Laptop. The nVidia driver also doesn't recognize the second screen. But when I enter the ubuntu display setting it show both screen overlapping each other. When I try to put on screen beside the other one and click on apply, both screens turn black and I get logged out but both screens are still mirroring.

Anyone got a pointer for me how I could fix this? If any logs needed to better trace my Issue please tell me as I'm new to unix/linux.

E: My graphic card is a GT 630M

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Have you tried / do you see the TwinView option? –  nutty about natty Mar 31 at 6:31
    
Do you see a check box that says Mirror Displays? Or have you checked Nvidia X Server Settings to see if Twinview is enabled, like nutty about natty said? –  ChrisR. Apr 2 at 20:25
    
I'll check tomorrow –  Johnny000 Apr 2 at 21:32
    
are you working with the repository driver or you had install the propertary (xyz.run)? I had experienced a lot of trouble with nvidia propertary and not so much improvements. you can try by installing arandr and manage the monitor from that. –  adexmont Apr 3 at 11:28

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Have you tried / do you see the TwinView option? ... Maybe it could help prod things further..?

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You can get a lot of information from /var/log/Xorg.0.log. Look for Errors.

Also check out /etc/X11/xorg.conf. xorg.conf used to be necessary for setting up X properly, but my experience has been that it usually gets in the way now.

I have a newer version of Ubuntu and a newer graphics card, but I run without any xorg.conf file and don't use the nvidia-settings tool at all any more. Instead I can just use the standard displays applet.

If you must use xorg.conf, I find the displays applet only gets in the way. In this case I suggest deleting the display config for your user and instead use the nvidia-settings as root to set the monitor config. Note that setting the monitors this way makes it a pain when docking and undocking a laptop. Since you are using a laptop I highly suggest trying to run without xorg.conf defined (make sure to rename it instead of deleting it, so you can put it back if there is a problem).

Good luck

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