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I have an Acer Aspire V3-551G laptop with Xubuntu 14.04 x64. Everything is great, but when I plug the laptop in, or unplug it, I get a window showing menus and stuff would be seen in Settings > Display - like this:

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It's not a major issue, but it's annoying. Any way it can be fixed? It's not an installation issue - I had it with a previous installation as well.

Laptop specs:

  • AMD A8-4500M x4 @ 1.9 Ghz
  • AMD Radeon 7670M (dedicated) + 7640G (integrated) graphics
  • 8 GB RAM
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I had the same problem, running Xubuntu 14.04 on a AO-D255. every time I'd push the Fn key and left or right arrows to control brightness for every time I'd hit the button the 'Display settings' window would appear. Finally I was able to find this solution and seems to be working fine. I take no credit whatsoever. it worked for me, hopefully for you too.

  1. Move the original file (in case you decide to revert the changes; yes, it is the xfce4-display-settings):

    sudo mv /usr/bin/xfce4-display-settings /usr/bin/xfce4-display-settings.original

  2. Create a fake file:

    sudo cp /bin/true /usr/bin/xfce4-display-settings

This fake xfce4-display-settings (native code) just returns true to keep the calling application happy. (I don't know which daemon keeps calling it).

  1. Logoff/logon; Enjoy XFCE4. Of course your "Display" in xfce settings won't work now, so you'll want to install 'lxrandr' via Software Center to get the functionality. It's icon will be the same but called "Monitor Settings"

You may have to repeat this after distribution upgrade."

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Thanks! Will try when I get time. :D – NSDCars5 Sep 17 '14 at 12:48
Worked, thanks! :D – NSDCars5 Sep 22 '14 at 9:47
good to know! share it if you can. I'm there's more people who could use it ;) – J Rios Sep 25 '14 at 13:19

I experienced the same issue with fresh XUbuntu 15.10. The workaround for bug #1306959 works for me (

In short, you should disable keyboard shortcuts for "xfce-display-settings --minimal". Chances are you don't use them anyway.

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